SILVERTON — The Corvallis High boys basketball team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Silverton Friday night, falling 61-60 on the road.
Corvallis (15-8, 10-4) entered the night knowing that a win over the Foxes (11-13, 7-7) would secure the Mid-Willamette Conference title. Instead, rival Crescent Valley wins the league.
The Spartans had won three in a row prior to Friday’s game, including a 56-55 victory at Central earlier this week.
With about two minutes remaining, CHS led 55-46 and seemed to have the game well in hand.
For the next 90 seconds of play, Silverton’s 1-3-1 zone defense became a full court press. The Foxes traded 3-pointers for 2s and free-throw attempts, scraping their way back into the contest.
With 13.2 seconds remaining, Corvallis’ lead had been whittled down to 59-58. The Spartans inbounded the ball to Marco Brewer, who was pushed hard and reacted to the foul. A scuffle ensued which was quickly broken up.
The play resulted in a double technical on a Silverton player and Brewer, who also picked up a second technical, was ejected.
Corvallis was awarded four free throws — two for the common foul and two for Silverton’s technical. The Spartans made just 1 of 4, extending the lead to 60-58.
Silverton was also awarded four foul shots, two for each of Brewer’s technical. The hosts made 3 of 4 to take the lead and were allowed to keep the ball.
On the ensuing Silverton inbounds play with 11.2 seconds on the clock, CHS stole the ball and regained possession and called timeouts with seven seconds remaining.
On the final play of the game, Dyshawn Hobson dribbled into the heart of the defense and lost control of the ball. It bounced to teammate Matthew Davis directly under the hoop, but the senior wasn’t able to convert as time expired.
Hobson ended the game with 21 points. Brewer added 15 before his ejection.
CHS got off to a slow start and had a couple quick turnovers. But Brewer scored seven first-quarter points as the visitors built an early 16-12 lead.
In the second quarter, the Foxes played with more energy behind a 1-3-1 trapping zone that stifled CHS.
The Foxes scored 10 points off CHS turnovers in the period. Cade Roth went 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and Silverton led 20-28 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Corvallis. Silverton went back to man, and Hobson led CHS on a 13-2 run.
But the Foxes pulled it out in the end.