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Comets use late rally to beat Eagles

Crater outscores EP 26-14 in the fourth quarter to set up Saturday showdown with Ashland

For the second straight day at the Class 5A state tournament, the Crater boys basketball team came alive in the fourth quarter.

On Wednesday night, it nearly ended in a big upset win. With a quick turnaround Thursday morning, the Comets were able to stun one of their biggest rivals.

Crater senior Tate Broesder scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half — including five straight to give his team the lead with a minute to go — and the sixth-seeded Comets recorded a 58-53 comeback win over No. 7 Eagle Point at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

“It wasn’t looking good, but we were due for one,” said Crater head coach Brian Broaddus, alluding to the Comets finally getting over the hump after a fourth-quarter comeback. “In our six losses, we’ve been down big, come back and gotten it within one, two, three, whatever and just couldn’t get over that hump. So, finally, we lifted that weight off and came back.”

Crater (22-6) trailed for much of the contest, having only lead by a point on two previous occasions, with numerous players dealing with foul trouble throughout the first three quarters.

But like Wednesday night’s quarterfinal against Wilsonville when Crater scored 30 fourth-quarter points, the final period was when the Comets’ offense finally got going.

The Comets cut the deficit to five points, 39-34, early in the fourth quarter on pair of Kadin Price free throws. But, within three minutes, the Eagles (18-9) had pushed their lead back into double digits, going up 48-38 on a layup by Brennen Neyt with 4:49 to go.

Crater allowed EP to score only five points the rest of the way, going on a game-closing 20-5 run to take the lead for good.

Logan Price’s layup tied the game at 49-all before a quick Neyt bucket put the Eagles right back in front. But a Broesder 3-pointer and pair of free throws put the Comets ahead 54-51 with 32 seconds left.

“Tate had a couple of 3s in the fourth quarter that we needed,” said Broaddus. “Javon (Smith) was pretty big in the fourth quarter — had five or six offensive rebounds and four of them were in the fourth quarter. He’s a 5-11 kid and he had four offensive boards and four steals in the second half.”

“We were in a full-court press and just applying pressure,” added Broaddus. “We got (Eagle Point) to turn it over. We forced 21 turnovers and most of those were in the fourth quarter.”

In total, 12 of Crater’s 26 fourth-quarter points came off Eagle Point turnovers.

“We just kinda collapsed with taking care of the ball in the fourth quarter,” said Eagles head coach Ryan Marrs. “It just killed us.”

Neyt, who scored a game-high 17 points, had a pair of chances to tie it with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but couldn’t convert.

Smith finished with 13 points and six rebounds, while Logan Price scored 12 points and pulled down eight boards and Colton Vranes had nine points and three assists before fouling out late in the third quarter on a technical foul.

Triston McGuire also scored in double figures for EP with 13 points and seven rebounds. Tommy Johnson had seven rebounds and chipped in six points.

Crater will face another local Midwestern League rival when it plays in the fourth-place final at 8 a.m. Saturday morning — Ashland, which beat Crescent Valley 74-58 in Thursday’s other consolation bracket game.

Eagle Point, making its first trip to the state tournament since 2014, finished its season with an 18-9 record.

“I’m just proud of the kids’ effort the entire week that we’ve been here,” said Marrs. “I know they gave it their all. It’s been an awesome season but didn’t end the way we wanted it. It was a heck of a game against Crater, a heck of a battle, we just couldn’t take care of the ball today.”

EAGLE POINT (18-9)

Brennen Neyt 7-13 2-4 17, Triston McGuire 5-7 3-4 13, Adan Quintero 1-4 4-4 7, Tommy Johnson 2-4 2-4 6, Peyton Pierce 2-2 0-0 4, Alex Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Alejandro Redondo 1-6 0-0 3, Hayden Weaver 0-0 0-0 0, Luis Uribe 0-0 0-0 0, Colt Carlton 0-0 0-0 0, Stephen Dutton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 19-41 11-16 53.

CRATER (22-6)

Tate Broesder 5-15 2-2 16, Javon Smith 4-10 4-5 13, Logan Price 4-8 4-6 12, Colton Vranes 4-8 1-4 9, Kadin Price 1-1 4-4 6, Caden Lasater 1-5 0-0 2, Ben Higginson 0-0 0-0 0, Marcus Idiart 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-49 15-21 58.

Eagle Point1362014— 53

Crater4131526— 58

3-point goals—Eagle Point 4-16 (Adan Quintero 1-2, Alejandro Redondo 1-4, Brennen Neyt 1-4, Alex Smith 1-4, Stephen Dutton 0-1, Triston McGuire 0-1), Crater 5-20 (Tate Broesder 4-10, Javon Smith 1-4, Colton Vranes 0-1, Caden Lasater 0-3, Marcus Idiart 0-2). Fouled out—Eagle Point-Tommy Johnson, Crater-Colton Vranes. Rebounds—Eagle Point 26 (Tommy Johnson 7, Triston McGuire 7), Crater 29 (Logan Price 8). Assists—Eagle Point 12 (Tommy Johnson 4), Crater 11 (Colton Vranes 3, Javon Smith 3). Total fouls—Eagle Point 20, Crater 17. Technical fouls—Eagle Point-None, Crater-Colton Vranes.

ASHLAND 74, CRESCENT VALLEY 58: At Corvallis, Ashland junior Izzy Golden scored 17 points and was one of four Ashland players in double figures as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies topped No. 5 Crescent Valley to guarantee themselves a state trophy.

Ashland senior Toby Barnes scored 16 points — nearly all coming from behind the 3-point line — and junior Sebastian Stowasser had 12 points. Egan Shields, the Grizzlies’ 6-foot-10 junior post, rounded out the quartet in double figures with 11 points and a game-high eight assists.

Ashland (16-10), which led 39-29 at the half, knocked down 12 3-pointers in the win, going 10-for-15 behind the arc in the first half alone. Barnes finished with five 3-pointers while Golden had three and Stowasser added a pair.

Ashland’s leading scorer entering the tournament, Hawthorn Lapierre, scored nine points and had seven rebounds.

The Grizzlies had one of their best shooting games of the season, finishing 20-of-32 (62.5%) from the field and 22-of-27 (81.5%) from the free-throw line.

Cooper Wakefield scored 20 points to lead the way for Crescent Valley (20-8).

ASHLAND (16-10)

Izzy Golden 4-7 6-6 17, Toby Barnes 5-7 1-2 16, Sebastian Stowasser 2-3 6-7 12, Egan Shields 4-6 2-4 11, Sean Thompson 4-4 0-0 9, Hawthorn Lapierre 1-4 7-8 9, Azure McNamara 0-0 0-0 0, Reed Barnard 0-0 0-0 0, Crosby Lehnerz 0-0 0-0 0, Danny Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Silas Wright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-32 22-27 74.

CRESCENT VALLEY (20-8)

Cooper Wakefield 8-17 0-0 20, Jake Leibelt 4-9 3-4 13, Noah Dewey 3-10 5-7 12, Rocco McClave 3-4 0-0 6, Hogan Emigh 2-5 0-0 4, David Marshall 1-5 1-2 3, Daniel Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Sirianni 0-0 0-0 0, David Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Laam 0-0 0-0 0, Heath Carl 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 9-13 58.

Ashland20191619— 74

Crescent Valley2091019— 58

3-point goals—Ashland 12-20 (Toby Barnes 5-7, Izzy Golden 3-6, Sebastian Stowasser 2-3, Egan Shields 1-1, Sean Thompson 1-1, Silas Wright 0-1, Hawthorn Lapierre 0-1), Crescent Valley 7-24 (Cooper Wakefield 4-12, Jake Leibelt 2-3, Noah Dewey 1-5, David Marshall 0-1, Heath Carl 0-1, Hogan Emigh 0-2). Fouled out—Ashland-Hawthorn Lapierre, Crescent Valley-Noah Dewey. Rebounds—Ashland 22 (Hawthorn Lapierre 7), Crescent Valley 24 (Rocco McClave 6). Assists—Ashland 16 (Egan Shields 8), Crescent Valley 11 (Noah Dewey 5). Total fouls—Ashland 12, Crescent Valley 19. Technical fouls—Ashland-None, Crescent Valley-Noah Dewey.

Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Tate Broesder, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 16 points in the Comets’ win over Eagle Point on Thursday.