Back to: Obituaries
March 9, 2014
Follow Obituaries

Prep Boys Basketball: Irrigon whips Oakland for 2A state title

The rematch was all Irrigon.

The top-ranked Knights scored the game’s first 11 points and went on to hand No. 2 Oakland a 42-21 loss in the Class 2A boys basketball final on Saturday night at the Pendleton Convention Center.

It was sweet payback for the Knights (26-2), who lost to the Oakers 60-54 in the 2013 state championship game. It marked Irrigon’s first state title in boys basketball.

Oakland (23-6) dropped its first state final under coach Jeff Clark after winning crowns in 2000, 2006 and last year.

“They played an outstanding game,” Clark said of the Knights. “They’re very quick and physical, and credit their defense. They manned us, and offensively we struggled to get anything going all night.”

The Oakers shot 31 percent (8-for-26) from the field. Irrigon, meanwhile, shot 45 percent (14-for-31) and hit eight 3-point field goals — four of them coming in the first quarter.

Adrian Romero led Irrigon with 17 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Landeros made three 3s and scored nine points.

“They’re just an outstanding athletic team,” Oakland senior post Austin Nix said. “We thought we had a good idea what they were going to do, but they came out and punched us in the mouth from the get-go and we had no response. Their defense is just solid. We couldn’t bring our offense to the table and get any flow going.”

Zach Rice banked in a 3-pointer to end the first quarter and give the Knights a 14-2 lead. They hiked their advantage to 26-7 by halftime.

“They’re a real good team,” Oakland senior guard Jeb Harper said. “They had a lot of energy, they were jacked. Their defense was locked down and they played tough the entire game.”

Oakland only managed 14 points in the second half, finishing with a season-low point total.

“I was really proud of our defense. We held them to 42 points and played well enough defensively to win,” Clark said. “They were very disciplined on offense and ran some clock in the second half, and we didn’t have the firepower to hang with them.”

The Oakers had no player finish in double figures. Senior post Michael Yard, who was named the Moda Health Player of the Game, had six points and seven rebounds.

Harper was selected to the all-tournament first team, while Yard and junior Roy Benzel made the second team.

“Our goal was to get to Pendleton. (The championship game) didn’t work out our way, but it was still one heckuva season,” Nix said.

“No one gave us much of a chance to make it back to the (state) final, so to do it was pretty cool,” Harper added.

Oakland defeated No. 3 Western Mennonite 46-42 in the quarterfinals and downed No. 10 Stanfield 48-38 in the semifinals to advance to the title game.

It was a very good season for the Oakers, who won the Mountain View Conference regular season title and earned the MVC’s top seed for the playoffs by defeating No. 6 Days Creek in the tournament championship game.

“It was an awesome season,” Clark said. “I’m so proud of how far we came as a team and how we filled in the gaps we had. I’m proud of the run we made and proud of the community support.”

The Oakers will lose 10 seniors — Chad Bebeau, Harper, Toby Blum, Yard, Zack VanDeHey, Joey Dixon-Magnus, Jason Huckins, Nix, Austin Baimbridge and Kincaid Jones.

“We’re losing 10 who are great kids,” Clark said. “They not only made a huge impact to the team, but to the school. They’re outstanding young men who were an honor to coach.”

OAKLAND (21) — Michael Yard 2-4 2-3 6, Harper 2-7 0-2 4, Benzel 2-6 0-0 4, Nix 1-4 1-4 3, Baimbridge 1-3 2-2 4, Bebeau 0-0 0-0 0, Blum 0-1 0-0 0, VanDeHey 0-0 0-0 0, Dixon-Magnus 0-0 0-0 0, Huckins 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-26 5-11 21.

IRRIGON (42) — Adrian Romero 5-10 5-5 17, Landeros 3-4 0-0 9, Vera 29 1-2 6, Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Aguilera 1-3 0-0 2, Timpy 0-0 0-0 0, Verley 0-0 0-0 0, A. Rice 0-0 0-0 0, Z. Rice 1-2 0-0 3, White 0-0 0-0 0, Vera 2-3 0-0 5, Perrin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-31 6-7 42.

Oakland 2 5 6 8 — 21

Irrigon 14 12 6 10 — 42

3-point shots — Oak. 0-4, Irr. 8-19 (Romero 2-6, Landerso 3-4, Vera 1-4, Z. Rice 1-1, Vera 1-2). Fouls — Oak. 15, Irr. 12. Rebounds — Oak. 17 (Yard 7), Irr. 19 (Romero 7). Assists — Oak. 1, , Irr. 7 (Romero, Vera 2). Turnovers — Oak. 13, Irr. 9.

FRIDAY’S GAME

Oakland 48 Stanfield 38

PENDLETON — The Oakers started and finished strong, beating the No. 10 Tigers in the semifinals.

Roy Benzel had 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for Oakland, but committed 10 turnovers. He hit three 3-pointers. Michael Yard chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and added four blocked shots. Jeb Harper had eight points, and Austin Nix six points and seven rebounds.

Oakland led 16-3 after one quarter, but Stanfield cut the deficit to 37-36 in the fourth period. The Oakers outscored the Tigers 11-2 the rest of the way to secure the win.

“We did a great job coming out ... we executed our offense really well and handled their pressure and played lockdown defense,” said Oakland coach Jeff Clark. “Then we made some mistakes and let them back into it, but credit our kids. They stepped up and made some big plays down the stretch.”

The Oakers shot 53 percent from the field and held a 34-19 rebounding advantage.

STANFIELD (38) — Dylan Grogan 2-9 6-8 11, Valadez 0-2 1-2 1, Angel 1-5 1-2 3, Linker 2-9 1-3 5, Davchevski 1-2 1-2 3, Braithwaite 2-6 0-0 4, Bailey 0-1 0-0 0, Gonzales 3-6 0-0 9, Rodriguez 0-0 0-0 0, Lockwood 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 11-40 10-19 38.

OAKLAND (48) — Roy Benzel 7-11 2-3 19, Harper 2-6 4-8 8, Yard 3-6 5-6 11, Nix 3-3 0-1 6, Baimbridge 1-3 0-2 2, Bebeau 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Blum 0-0 0-0 0, VanDeHey 1-3 0-0 2, Dixon-Magnus 0-0 0-0 0, Huckins 0-0 0-0 0. Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-32 11-20 48.

Stanfield 3 9 15 11 — 38

Oakland 16 8 10 14 — 48

3-point shots — Stan. 6-20 (Grogan 1-2, Braithwaite 2-4, Gonzalez 3-5), Oak. 3-10 (Benzel 3-6). Fouls — Stan. 22, Oak. 15. Rebounds — Stan. 19 (Gonzalez 4), Oak. 34 (Yard 10). Assists — Stan. 7 (Braithwaite 3), Oak. 9 (Benzel, Baimbridge 3). Turnovers — Stan. 17, Oak. 22.


Explore Related Articles

Trending in: Obituaries

Trending Sitewide

The News-Review Updated Mar 9, 2014 01:34AM Published Mar 11, 2014 07:55AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.