The Philomath High School boys basketball team's season ended Saturday in the first round of the OSAA Class 4A playoffs with a 61-44 loss at Mazama.
With the loss, the Warriors miss out on advancing to the state tournament for the first time since 2012.
Mazama built an early lead but the Warriors battled back to cut their deficit to 15-14 midway through the second quarter. The Vikings had their advantage back up to seven by halftime.
"They came out with a lot of energy that we did not match whatsoever," veteran coach Blake Ecker said. "We came back and were down 25-18 at half and the thinking was we're down, but with how poorly we were playing, we were still in pretty good shape."
But a poor start to the third quarter put the Warriors in an even deeper hole. Mazama opened the half with a 7-0 run to go up by double digits for the first time and then just kept up the momentum going.
"I think we had four or five turnovers right in a row and so it ballooned up to 17 with the snap of a finger," Ecker said. "It was frustrating ... we just didn't match their energy."
Philomath showed some life later in the third with a 6-0 run and followed with an 8-2 stretch after opening the fourth in a half-court press. At one point, the Warriors had cut the Mazama lead to 10 and had an opportunity to get it down to single digits.
"We had the ball with a steal and we missed two layups going down," Ecker said. "They got the ball going down and hit a 3."
The five-point swing demoralized the team.
"We had put so much energy out there defensively to try to get back into it and we just couldn't quite turn the corner," Ecker said.
Mazama junior Andrew Reynolds was in the zone all afternoon with four 3-pointers.
"The guy that we were concentrating on to not be hitting threes, he had three in the first half," Ecker said. "That was a little frustrating ... we were just losing track of him."
Reynolds ended up with 21 points with those four 3-pointers and 9 of 12 free throws. Senior Trey Lopez scored 17 points, a total that included three 3-pointers. Senior Mario Segura added 13 points. Those three players combined had 51 of the team's 61 points.
In all, the Vikings hit 20 field goals with eight of them being treys. Mazama sank 9 of 10 free throws in the final three minutes.
"They were more aggressive than us and more physical and they got a bunch of offensive rebounds," Ecker said. "We had a hard time getting defensive rebounding, even on a free throw."
Philomath senior Nolan Jackson finished the game with 16 points on six field goals and 3 of 5 free throws, but he sat out much of the first half with early foul trouble. Jackson scored 14 of his 16 in the second half, eight in the fourth quarter.
Junior Marshall Brattain scored 13 points on three baskets and 7 of 8 free throws. Ecker said "he did a good job inside when we were able to get him the ball."
For Mazama, it's the first time the Vikings advanced to the final eight since 2011.
The Warriors end the season with a 15-9 record.
Mazama 61, Philomath 44
Saturday at Klamath Falls
PHILOMATH (15-9) 8 10 10 16 — 44
MAZAMA (17-6) 12 13 19 17 — 61
Philomath: Nolan Jackson 6 3-5 16, Marshall Brattain 3 7-8 13, Michael Lundy 3 3-5 9, Matt Hamilton 2 0-0 4, Tyler Pfarrer 1 0-0 2, Calvin Snuggerud 0 0-0 0, Toby Stueve 0 0-0 0, Kenan Conner 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 13-18 44.
Mazama: Andrew Reynolds 4 9-12 21, Trey Lopez 7 0-2 17, Mario Segura 6 1-2 13, Aidan Schram 2 3-6 8, Christian Kasper 1 0-0 2, Javon Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 13-22 61.