SEASIDE — Madras saw a 10-point third-quarter lead get flipped to a two-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, but a Steele Haugen three-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game and a pair of free throws by Jered Pichette allowed the White Buffaloes to escape with a 50-47 boys basketball win over Astoria at the Seaside Holiday Classic on Friday night.
“I’m proud of the guys,” Madras coach Allen Hair said. “They fought all the way to the end, and I thought we deserved it.”
The White Buffaloes led by 10 points midway through the third quarter, but Madras was held scoreless during the final four minutes of the period, and a Fisherman three-pointer with 1 minute, 20 seconds, left in the game put Astoria ahead by two.
With 16 seconds remaining, Pichette fed Haugen for a three, and after the White Buffaloes forced a turnover on the ensuing possession, Pichette sank two free throws to seal the win.
“I think we grew up a little bit today,” said Hair, whose team improved to 5-3 on the season. “It could have been very easy for us to give up in the last two minutes, but the guys got done what needed to get done.”
Rodney Mitchell led the White Buffaloes with 17 points, Pichette and Devon Wolfe each scored eight, and Haugen finished with seven points.
Madras, which earned its second straight trip to the title game of the Seaside tournament, takes on either Estacada or Seaside for the tournament championship today.
In other Friday action:
The Lava Bears claimed a 33-24 lead at the half, but a rally by the visiting Ravens put Ridgeview ahead by two points with about two minutes left in the game. Bend began to press defensively, resulting in a pivotal fastbreak layup, and the Bears hit all 10 of their free throws down the stretch to earn the Intermountain Hybrid win. David Larson paced Bend (3-3) with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and Connor Scott added 14 points, five boards and three steals. George Mendazona led Ridgeview (2-6) with 18 points, and Tanner O’Neal and Jack Bowman contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Justin Alvarez recorded eight points to go along with six rebounds for the Ravens. Bend faces West Albany at the Les Schwab Holiday Hoopfest at Summit on Thursday, and Ridgeview opens up the Sisters Holiday Tournament against Creswell the same day.
Central Linn 46
La Pine 40
SEASIDE — Gavin Boen scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded three steals for the Hawks, but La Pine could not overcome a four-point third quarter deficit during their second game of the Seaside Holiday Classic. Cameron Kraft added nine points and Sam Wieber contributed eight points, six of which came off three-pointers. La Pine (4-6 overall) plays Elma, Wash., today at 10:30 a.m. in its final game of the tournament.
KLAMATH FALLS — Gerson Gonzalez racked up a game-high 38 points to go along with nine rebounds as the Bulldogs (5-2) claimed a Klamath Klash win at Mazama High School to earn a spot in the tournament championship against Gold Beach today. Clay Gibson finished with 12 points, and Zach Lofting hauled in seven rebounds.
Central Christian 30
ECHO — The Tigers outscored the Cougars 14-2 in the fourth quarter of their Class 1A Big Sky League contest, but a 53-16 deficit could not be overcome en route to Central Christian’s fifth straight loss. Steven Sibley led the Tigers with 10 points, and Isaac Bryant chipped in with nine points. Central Christian (0-3 BSL, 1-5 overall) next hosts Horizon Christian (Hood River) for a conference matchup on Jan. 4.
REDMOND — The Lava Bears jumped out to a 45-13 lead at the half en route to an Intermountain Hybrid win and their third victory in a row. Four players scored in double figures for Bend, which was led by Jessica McClay’s game-high 17 points. Makeila Lundy finished with 14 points, and Kendall Kramer and Mekayla Isaak tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kendal Durre led the Ravens with 11 points, and McKenzie Hidalgo added seven. Bend (4-2) opens up the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament at Summit with a matchup against Roseburg on Thursday. Ridgeview (1-6) competes in the Sisters Holiday Tournament the same day against the host Outlaws.
Elma (Wash.) 55
SEASIDE — After spotting the Eagles a 15-0 lead 41⁄2 minutes into the game, the White Buffaloes closed the gap, but the initial deficit proved too much to overcome in the teams’ second game of the Seaside Holiday Classic. Mariah Stacona led Madras with 31 points, almost as many as Elma’s Megan Finger, who scored a game-high 34 points. “It was a one-on-one show,” Buffs coach Michael Osborne said, referring to Stacona, who also recorded seven steals, and Finger. Vanessa Esqueval was also in double figures for the Buffs (2-6) with 10 points. Madras’ final contest of the three-day tournament is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today.
Mazama JV 53
KLAMATH FALLS — The Bulldogs struggled early against the Class 4A Vikings and fell behind 38-13 at halftime. Culver (2-5 overall), which plays Henley’s JV at 9 a.m. today, managed just seven field goals against Mazama. Freshman Alysha Fritz led the Bulldogs with eight points. Fellow freshman Reanne Slaght added six points.
Central Christian 9
ECHO — The Tigers found themselves in a 24-2 hole at the half before dropping their third straight Class 1A Big Sky League contest, this one at the hands of the Cougars. Desi Duke paced the Tigers with five points, and Kelsey Stealey added four. Central Christian (0-3 BSL, 1-6 overall) returns to action Jan. 4, when the Tigers host Horizon Christian of Hood River.
Vashon Island (Wash.) 30
ROSEBURG — Trailing 30-6, the Bulldogs rallied for the victory in an event pitting top wrestling programs from Washington against teams from Oregon. The dual started at 182 pounds, and Culver won just one of the first seven matches, a forfeit victory. But Jared Kasch at 126 pounds started the turnaround for the Bulldogs, who won the final seven matches. Tucker Davis (132), Bolt Anglen (138), Levi Vincent (145), Kyle Belanger (152) and Kyle Easterly (160) all won by fall, and Esteban Gutierrez recorded a victory by decision at 170 pounds. Culver is off until Saturday, Dec. 29, when the Bulldogs travel to Pendleton for the Free-Berry Wrestling Classic.