Foul trouble and an off shooting night led to Crescent Valley's demise as they were defeated in the quarterfinals of the 5A state boys basketball tournament by Parkrose, 73-59.
The Broncos defended with a long and lethal 2-3 zone for 32 straight minutes and held the Raiders to 31 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent from 3-point range.
CV star Tariq Harris picked up two early fouls and a third before half. He never found a rhythm offensively.
The team followed suit and Parkrose found themselves in the bonus with six minutes left to go in the second quarter.
Coach Mike Stair explained the top down effect.
“As a group we were struggling to shoot the basketball. I think when that happens we definitely look to Tariq to give us a lift. Because of his awareness of the foul trouble it creates a situation where there’s not as much comfort for him. When you have defensive struggles it translates into offensive struggles,” Stair said.
Junior forward Talanoa Hufanga kept the Raiders in the game. He and opposing guard Isaac Bonton (23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) went at it, creating steals that lead to transition baskets.
Stair recognized that Bonton was difficult to deal with on top of the 2-3, but thought that his team did a good job of defending the Broncos’ star.
“We came into halftime and the combination of guards we had on Bonton held him to 3 for 15 from the field,” Stair said. “That’s pretty good for a kid that’s scoring over 30 points per game. If you had told me that Bonton was 3-15 at halftime, I would have told you without looking at the scoreboard that I liked our chances.”
Hufanga made two athletic defensive plays that resulted in run-out dunks early in the second quarter and appeared to be single-handedly shifting the game’s momentum.
But 6-foot-8 Wilfred Lykayi proved to be the difference offensively making all four of his first half three-point attempts. Parkrose led 30-19 at halftime.
“Lykayi was a shooter out there,” Hufanga said. “You don’t expect it. That 6’8’’ frame, you think you want to give him space. But no, he’s gonna take that space and step up and knock down the shot.”
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Harris opened the third quarter with a driving baseline move that resulted in a layup.
Parkrose answered with consecutive transition scores. On the Broncos next possession Harris picked up his fourth foul with six and a half minutes left in the third quarter.
Parkrose took a 20 point lead late in the third quarter.
In the fourth, CV deployed a press that did its job, but couldn’t find the offense to match it.
Parkrose managed the lead well and hit its free throws down the stretch, holding on to win by 14.
Hufanga finished the game with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. Harris and Trey Adams scored 12 points each.
“I think (if we played them again) we would bring a little more energy. But give all credit to Parkrose and how they played tonight. I think they did well.” Hufanga said.
Stair had no regrets in terms of player usage, and said the team had been hit and miss against zones all year. However if he got another shot at Parkrose, he would tweak the offense.
“I would definitely encourage us to spread it out a little bit more and shorten up the perimeter passes,” he said. “With that wider zone that they’re playing maybe we could do a little bit more to get our guys open at the top of the key. Whenever we’ve been able to get the ball to Tariq or Talanoa in space we’ve been very good against a zone.”
Both guys will be returning to the team as seniors, so what about next year?
“I’m not quite ready to talk about next year,” Stair said. “This feels differently than other first round exits I’ve had with past teams. (The consolation bracket) is invaluable in terms of helping prepare a team for next year. It’s the same reason we play a difficult preseason schedule. We are trying to prepare the kids for the best possible competition. It’s why we chose to play Wilsonville, it’s why we chose to play Churchill, it’s why we get the opportunity to play Springfield. We want to face good competition.”
CV (17-8, 11-3) will get to play in two more games at Gill Coliseum. The first will be on Wednesday morning at 10:45 against Pendleton (15-5, 9-0).