REDMOND — This one was just like old times.
Back in the Intermountain Conference for the first time since 2006, Redmond High held off Mountain View 62-55 in a back-and-forth game that saw seven lead changes and 10 ties. Mason Rodby scored 19 points and Matt Dahlen added 17 points in front of a loud and rowdy home crowd to help the Panthers knock off the Cougars for the first time in boys basketball since 2008 and improve to 2-0 in Class 5A IMC play and 7-4 overall.
The loss was just the second of the season for Mountain View (0-1 IMC, 8-2 overall), which was second in the latest Oregon School Activities Association rankings entering the game.
“That's as big as of win since I've been here,” said Rodby, Redmond's 6-foot-7 senior post.”
Tied with the reigning IMC champions 48-48 midway through the fourth quarter, the Panthers sealed the victory by hitting 12 of 16 free throws during the final four minutes of the game. For the entire night, Redmond went 30 of 44 from the foul line while the Cougars were just six of 11 on foul shots.
“Our kids were not ready for their physicality,” Mountain View coach Craig Reid said. “League's a whole different level, and we've got a lot of young kids that haven't played in a game like this yet.”
Despite being an early January contest on Tuesday night, the game had the feel of a playoff environment.
Play was rough at times — 46 personal fouls were called — and officials had to separate the two teams briefly in the second quarter.
“We had a frank discussion about (keeping composure) at halftime,” said Panthers coach Jon Corbett, whose team led 29-28 at the break. “We told the kids to look forward, not backward. We were adamant about that.”
Sophomore point guard Ments Haugen led the Cougars with 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Mitch Modin added 11 points before fouling out and Grant Lannin had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Mountain View.
“This is a learning experience,” said Haugen, who also recorded a team-high five assists. “Defensively we didn't communicate well.”
Both teams have Intermountain Hybrid contests on Friday. Redmond is at Crook County, while Mountain View plays at Ridgeview.
“It's a great win,” Corbett cautioned. “But last year we beat Bend in here by 22 points and then didn't even come close to touching them the next two times we played. ... This gives us a little confidence, but we're still just two games into the league season.”