The Crescent Valley High boys basketball team sent its seniors out in style Friday night, knocking off visiting Lebanon 56-41 to wrap up Mid-Willamette Conference play.
With Corvallis’ loss at Silverton, the Raiders (16-7, 11-3) clinch the MWC title and the league’s No. 1 seed to the 5A state playoffs.
“I am obviously very happy for the kids and the kids are ecstatic,” said CV coach Mike Stair. “It’s been nice to watch us develop this year and we had some guys that were willing to play roles off the bench that were huge for our success. It’s not always easy to define and it’s something kids don’t always buy into, but I thought our bench was a huge factor in the league and it allowed us to win a lot of close games.”
The Raiders will host a state round-of-16 game next Friday for a spot in the state tournament.
Talanoa Hufanga and Tariq Harris had 17 points apiece for CV while Carson Gray added 10.
Lebanon was just 2 for 22 from the field in the first half as the Raiders led 22-9 at the break. The Warriors cut it to 26-22 midway through the third before the hosts put it away.
“I think when you have a senior night there is a little adjustment period for the guys,” Stair said. “We had a couple missed easy opportunities out there but the kids settled in and defended really, really well.”
CV was 11 of 12 from the foul line in the fourth to salt it away.
Ty Hargis paced the Warriors with 17 points.
LEBANON — Trailing 27-23 at halftime, Crescent Valley came back in the third quarter and held on for a 49-44 Mid-Willamette Conference win.
The victory clinches a 5A state play-in round spot for the Raiders (11-11, 6-8). CV, the MWC’s No. 5 seed, will play at Springfield next Wednesday.
CV leaned on its defense to outscore Lebanon 11-4 in the third quarter.
“We were down early and just crawled back,” CV coach Craig Ellingson. “Then defensively in the third quarter we played real well and pulled away a little bit. It was like a playoff game because if we lost, we were out.”
Junior wing Makayla Daniels led the Raiders with 14 points. Cali McClave added 10 and Gwen Gray had nine.