STANFIELD — Playing their last game of the season on their home court, the No. 2 seed Stanfield Tigers weren’t holding anything back as they jumped out to an early lead and never let it go to beat Oakland 90-56 in the first round of the 2A boys basketball state playoffs on Friday.
Dylan Grogan scored 32 points, Jose Garcia added 16, and the Tigers really pulled away in the second half where they outscored the Oakers 55-27.
It was the 19th straight win for Stanfield (20-1), which hasn’t lost to a 2A team all season.
“We just came out fast from the start,” said first-year Tigers coach Jason Sperr. “They came out with the mindset, ‘We’re not going to lose in our house.’ They were going to outwork the opponent.”
Sperr said No. 15 seed Oakland (17-10) was no pushover though, and Stanfield (20-1) was up just 35-29 at halftime.
“We missed some open shots that could have broken it open a little sooner,” Sperr said, “but the guys continued to battle getting offensive rebounds. We were sending as many guys as we could to the glass.”
Sperr said overall, it was the best four quarters the team has played this season. The Tigers will look to maintain that high level of play next week at the state tournament’s final site in Pendleton.
The Tigers are slated for a quarterfinals match-up with No. 7 seed Oakridge, which beat No. 10 Regis 50-49 on Friday.
Stanfield will play Oakridge on Thursday at Pendleton High with an 8:30 p.m. tip.
OHS 14 15 16 11 — 56
SHS 20 15 23 22 — 90
OAKLAND — N. Freeman 11, N. Chastain 10, C. Benzel 8, B. Wimberly 6, S. Winn 6, A. Harrington 4, C. Brownson 4, J. Brooksby 3, A. Saddler 2, A. Brown 2, R. Carson.
STANFIELD — D. Grogan 32, J. Garcia 16, T. Monkus 7, T. Flores 7, R. Bailey 7, B. Woods 7, E. Esquivel 2, C. Hernandez, N. Sanchez, A. Gomez.
3-pointers — OHS 2; SHS 4. Free throws — OHS 12-23; SHS 15-26. Fouls — OHS 23; SHS 21. Fouled out — C. Benzel (OHS).
SALEM ACADEMY 82, IRRIGON 57 — At Salem, the Knights shot nearly 78 percent from behind the arc, but couldn’t shoot their way out of a 23-point hole at the end of the first quarter.
“We just came out a little flat,” said Irrigon coach Davy Salas. “They brought the game to us. We weren’t taking care of the ball very well and they got some easy layups off that.”
Salas said the Knights (15-9) were able to get into the flow starting in the second quarter, where they outscored the Crusaders 13-11, but weren’t able to get within striking distance.
Irrigon was 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from three-point range, and Daniel Vera and Austin Rice scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Irrigon was led by post Hayden White with 17 points.
The Crusaders (21-4) were paced by Kyle Haslebacher with 21 points, and three others scored 14. Salem Academy led 64-35 after three quarters.
The loss ends the first season at Class 3A for Irrigon, which will graduate two seniors — Rice and White.
“There was a learning curve this season, for myself as a new coach, new league,” said Salas. “It was just one of those seasons that came together at the right time.
“It was a great season and I’m proud of the kids. They finished hard today and I’m really proud of them.”
IHS 4 13 18 22 — 57
SA 27 11 26 18 — 82
IRRIGON — H. White 17, D. Vera 12, A. Rice 11, J. Phillips 5, A. Roa 5, E. Carillo 3, A. Gomez 2, L. Covarrubia 2, O. Vera.
SALEM ACADEMY — K. Haslebacher 21, Z. Aldrich 14, M. Moser 14, S. Williams 14, M. Strunk 4, C. Daniels, K. McCallum, M. Jenkins, J. Miller.
3-pointers — IHS 7; SA 5. Free throws — IHS 6-7; SA 9-12. Fouls — IHS 9; SA 10.
SANTIAM 78, WESTON-MCEWEN 62 — At Mill City, the Weston-McEwen boys basketball team gave all the effort they had, but it was not enough to overcome an efficient shooting night for the Santiam as the No. 4 seed Wolverines ousted the No. 13 TigerScots in a 2A first round playoff game on Friday night.
“We played a great first quarter, but then we went cold midway through the second quarter,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said, “and they (Santiam) were hitting shots. We got down by 10 or 12, and then could never get any closer than that.”
Ethan Reger had a big performance in his last game as a TigerScot (14-11), pitching in 19 points and 11 rebounds while fellow seniors Shaw Broncheau (13 points, six assists) and Garrett Hungerford (9 points) each did their part as well. Jonah Downey led Santiam (21-4) with a game-high 28 points.
“It’s obviously a disappointing loss, but I’m very proud of the kids,” Pickard said. “For the six seniors ... they left it all on the court and I can’t be more proud of them.”
W-M 17 14 13 18 — 62
SHS 21 20 18 19 — 78
WESTON-MCEWEN — E. Reger 19, S. Broncheau 13, B. Speed 11, G. Hungerford 9, B. Dearing 4, B. Rudolph 3, J. West 3, J. Speed, K. Broncheau, Z. Mann, P. Munck, G. Smith.
SANTIAM — Jo. Downey 28, R. Nicot 15, Ju. Downey 15, N. Butler 11, A. Fawcett 6, J. Fawcett.
3-pointers — W-M 10, SHS 8. Free throws — W-M 5-10, SHS 11-19. Fouls — W-M 16, SHS 17.