COOS BAY — After hitting a buzzer-beater to punch their ticket to the Class 3A state tournament, the Irrigon Knights made the six-plus hour trip southwest to Coos Bay. Their first opponent would be the No. 1 seeded De La Salle Knights.
In the opening quarter, Irrigon held its own against De La Salle and trailed by only three points, 14-11, but the home Knights showed why they were the top team entering the 3A playoffs.
De La Salle outscored Irrigon 29-8 over the next two quarters to cement its 63-26 victory.
Irrigon shot only 24 percent from the field, while De La Salle knocked down 48 percent of its shots. Johnny Phillips finished with a team-best six points.
De La Salle’s Emmanuel Reiley notched 19 points.
Its press caused Irrigon some trouble, as the away Knights committed twice as many turnovers (24) as the home Knights (16).
Now, Irrigon will play in the consolation bracket against No. 5 Horizon Christian. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.
IHS 11 4 4 7 — 26
DLS 14 18 11 20 — 63
IRRIGON — J. Phillips 6, K. Fleming 4, D. Vera 4, P. Holcomb 4, A. Roa 3, L. Covarrubia 3, E. Carrillo 2.
DE LA SALLE — E. Reiley 19, K. Nelson 11, K. Addy 7, A. Mosley 5, G. Sadi 5, M. Sabb 3, O. O’Brien 3, J. Scott 2, J. Pennick 2, C. Paschal 2, T. Johnson 2.
3-pointers — IHS 1, DLS 3. Free throws — IHS 1-2, DLS 14-22. Fouls — IHS 19, DLS 12.
No. 4 TRIAD 40, No. 5 NIXYAAWII 38 — In the Class 1A quarterfinals, No. 4 Triad hit a buzzer-beater to keep its run at a title alive while sending the No. 5 Nixyaawii Golden Eagles into the consolation bracket.
The lay up at the buzzer by the Timberwolves (22-6) ended a close 32 minutes of play.
At halftime, the game was tied, 18-18, and by the end of third quarter, Triad was up 28-25.
The Golden Eagles (24-4) still had a lot of fight left and with two minutes on the clock, knotted the score up once again at 36 points apiece. But Triad’s late efforts were enough to send the Timberwolves through to face No. 1 Pacific in the semifinals.
Nixyaawii will play No. 9 Hosanna Christian in the consolation semifinals. Tipoff is at 8 a.m.