In the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Newport made the shots. Philomath didn’t. It was as simple as that in the Cubs’ 68-58 victory.
Meeting Friday night in a key Oregon West Conference matchup with play-in game positioning on the line, Newport went on a 12-2 run during a pivotal five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to stop a Philomath ballclub that appeared to be on the verge of turning the corner with some late-season success.
“We made a couple of runs at them and got up by one or two at one point but we didn’t seem to be able to execute particularly well on the offensive end,” PHS coach Blake Ecker said. “They made the shots.”
Philomath turned a 50-46 deficit near the end of the third quarter into a 52-50 lead over the first 90 seconds of the fourth. Sophomore Michael Lundy buried a 3-pointer to cut Newport’s lead to one and moments later, senior Ethan Manning hit a hoop to give the Warriors the lead.
Lundy then drew a foul and went to the foul line to hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 52-50 lead. Philomath scored just one basket, however, over the next five minutes — a Marshall Brattain basket with 4:22 left — while Newport stole momentum with 3-pointers, an inside shot and free throws to go up 62-54 with 1:45 to go.
“They’d hit a big shot or we’d come down and we weren’t executing on the offensive end,” Ecker said. “For three or four possessions in a row, we could not convert. We’d get a steal or a stop but we couldn’t convert on the other end.”
Manning scored inside to cut Newport’s lead to 62-56 with 1:25 left but then time became more of an issue and the rest of the game was spent at the free-throw line.
“To quote Coach (Eddie) Van Vlack from earlier in the season, he said and he’s right, ‘we can beat anybody and we can lose to anybody’ in the whole state,” Ecker said. “Tonight really hurt us, playing at home against a team that’s below .500 and we got beat by them. That’s difficult, it hurts.”
Philomath dropped to No. 10 in the OSAA rankings for Class 4A and remains in contention to host a play-in game next week. With games remaining Monday against Sisters and Tuesday at a pretty good Woodburn team, the Warriors might need to win both to clinch that home appearance.
The Warriors and Cubs traded baskets at a brisk pace in the first quarter with Newport starting to pull away a bit toward the end with a seven-point lead. But Philomath’s Lundy buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Cubs lead down to 23-19.
In the second quarter, Newport had a six- to eight-point lead much of the time with Philomath starting to close the gap in the final few minutes. A pair of free throws by senior Calvin Snuggerud and a fast-break basket by Manning cut Newport’s advantage to 37-35 with 1:19 left in the half.
But Newport countered with one of its eight 3-pointers and ended up with a 41-36 lead at halftime.
“We gave up 41 points in the first half. You can’t give up 41 points and expect to win many ballgames,” Ecker said. “Offensively, we played OK in the first half and we were able to score against them. We just didn’t play any defense and gave up some timely offensive rebounds that they were able to convert.”
Ecker also mentioned that his team had eight turnovers in the first half compared to Newport’s two. “Tale of tape right there,” he said.
Coaches and players worked together on adjustments at the break, however, and Newport’s offensive attack slowed a bit in the third quarter with just nine points over those eight minutes.
“We came out in our 1-3-1 and that was successful in certain time periods and we’d get a little run,” Ecker said. “They had to use their timeouts because we were able to get them in traps. We just couldn’t quite get over the hump.”
Snuggerud scored 20 points on eight field goals and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line to lead the Warriors in the scoring department. Sixteen of his 20 came in the first half.
Lundy and Manning each finished with 12 points. Two of Lundy’s three baskets were 3-pointers and he also went 4 of 7 from the free-throw line. Manning hit six field goals.
Meanwhile, Newport junior Bryan Tapia scored a game-high 22 points on eight field goals — half of those 3-pointers — and a couple of free throws. Senior Matt Beaudry finished with 19 points.
Philomath goes to 12-9 overall and 4-6 in the Oregon West with the Cubs improving to 10-13 and 3-8.
The Warriors are scheduled to play at home Monday at 6 p.m. against Sisters in a make-up game. Poor weather and conflicts with students taking SATs have forced the game to be postponed on two earlier occasions.
Philomath then heads up to Oregon West newcomer Woodburn, ranked No. 4 in the state and battling Stayton for the conference title.
Newport 68, Philomath 58
Friday at Philomath
NEWPORT (10-13, 3-8) 23 18 9 18 — 68
PHILOMATH (12-9, 4-6) 19 17 10 12 — 58
Newport: Bryan Tapia 8 2-2 22, Matt Beaudry 8 1-3 19, Justin Plechaty 1 9-10 12, Kona Baldwin 2 4-5 8, Fred Hidalgo 2 2-4 7, Ashton Sampson 0 0-0 0, Kaden Bruns 0 0-0 0, Payton Cunningham 0 0-0 0, Ken Lehrer 0 0-0 0, Courtland Garrett 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 18-23 68.
Philomath: Calvin Snuggerud 8 4-4 20, Michael Lundy 3 4-7 12, Ethan Manning 6 0-0 12, Marshall Brattain 3 2-2 8, Toby Stueve 2 0-0 4, Dylan Bennett 1 0-0 2, Duane Hellesto 0 0-0 0, Ben Reams 0 0-0 0, Carter O’Hare 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-13 58.
Philomath 49, Newport 28
Friday at Philomath
NEWPORT 8 9 3 8 — 28
PHILOMATH 9 18 12 10 — 49
PHS scoring: Dylan Edwards 16, Dillon Olsen 7, Cole Matthews 6, Colby Roe 4, Jaden Williams 4, Garrett Hibbs 4, Caleb Jensen 2, Mark Grimmer 1, Cameron Ordway 1, Mason Howard 0, Carson Gerding 0.
Team notes: Philomath’s JV goes to 8-7 on the season. … Philomath led by just one point after the first quarter but built a 10-point lead by halftime. The Warriors by 19 going into the fourth. … Dylan Edwards, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored 16 points on six field goals, one of those a 3-pointer, and 3 of 4 free throws. Edwards had 12 by halftime. … The JV Warriors host Sisters Monday and then head to Woodburn Tuesday to end the season.
Junior Varsity II
South Salem 33, Philomath 28
Friday at Philomath
SOUTH SALEM 7 6 6 14 — 33
PHILOMATH 5 3 8 12 — 28
PHS scoring: Carson Gerding 8, Marcos Garcia 7, Micah Poole 3, Garrett Hibbs 3, Cameron Ordway 2, Dylan Bell 2, Braeden Riley 2, Isaac Lattin 1, Alek Russell 0, Logan Carter 0, Noah Aynes 0.
Team notes: Philomath’s JVII team lost for just the second time this season with a record that goes to 14-2. … Carson Gerding scored a team-high eight points on four field goals. … Marcos Garcia added seven on three field goals and 1 for 3 free throws. … A difference in the game could be seen at the free-throw line. South Salem made 15 of 22 while Philomath was 2 for 8. … Micah Poole hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter and Garrett Hibbs hit a trey in the fourth. … South Salem led by five points at halftime and ended up winning by that margin with the teams playing even over the final two quarters at 20-20. … Philomath is scheduled to play Sisters Monday at home in a game that had to be rescheduled. … The JVII Warriors wrap up the season Tuesday at Woodburn.