Madras boys win title at Seaside tourney

staff report / The Bulletin /

SEASIDE — Jhaylen Yeahquo scored a team-high 18 points and Rodney Mitchell and Jered Pichette added 10 and nine points, respectively, as Madras held off Seaside in the championship game of the Seagulls’ own Seaside Holiday Classic on Saturday.

The White Buffaloes, who improved to 6-3 with the boys basketball win, led 28-18 at halftime, but the Seagulls rallied back and got within two points midway through the fourth quarter. Madras secured the victory at the free-throw line, though, hitting 11 of its 14 foul shots in the final period.

“We’ve got the makings of a pretty good ballclub,” White Buffalo coach Allen Hair said. “Once we figure out the defensive end of things, the offense will come.”

Devon Wolfe added six points and Aaron Phillips contributed four for Madras, which has won six of its past seven games. Yeahquo and Pichette were named to the all-tournament team and Mitchell was chosen as the Holiday Classic’s most valuable player.

The White Buffaloes are off until Thursday, when they open play against Tillamook in the first round of the three-day Stayton Tournament.

In other Saturday action:

BOYS BASKETBALL

La Pine 69

Elma, Wash. 50

SEASIDE — The Hawks ended the Seaside Holiday Classic with a bang, hitting 48 percent of their shots from the field, including 10 of 20 from behind the three-point arc. Tyler Parsons scored a team-high 19 points and Sam Wieber added 14 points, five assists, and four steals for La Pine, which improved to 5-6 with the win. The Hawks trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Elma 56-35 the rest of the game. La Pine ended the morning consolation game with 26 steals and 22 assists. “We moved the ball around a lot better and converted steals into easy points in the fourth quarter,” Hawk coach Kyle Kalmbach said. La Pine is off until Friday, when it plays at Lakeview in a nonleague contest.

Gold Beach 64

Culver 50

KLAMATH FALLS — Clay Gibson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, Ryan Fritz added 14 points and five assists, but the Bulldogs could not overcome a 17-5 first-quarter deficit en route to their loss in the title game of the eight-team Klamath Klash at Mazama High School. Gerson Gonzalez recorded 11 points as the Bulldogs saw their three-game win streak snapped by the Panthers. Culver (5-3) hosts Boardman’s Riverside on Thursday for a nonleague contest.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Madras 44

La Pine 20

SEASIDE — The White Buffaloes jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and after that advantage was whittled away, they used a press defense to force turnovers and collect easy baskets en route to the consolation game victory at the Seaside Holiday Classic. “Defensively, we just kind of shut them down,” Madras coach Mike Osborne said. “We’re changing up a few things, working on fundamentals on how we want to play defense.” Mariah Stacona paced the White Buffaloes with 19 points and 11 steals, Inez Jones scored 12 points to go along with five rebounds, and Madras took third at the eight-team tournament and improved to 3-6 overall. “We’re getting there,” Osborne said. “We’re listening a little bit better and are able to make adjustments in between quarters, being able to add either a defensive adjustment on a certain player.” McKenna Boen led the Hawks (3-7) with 10 points, with Brittnie Haigler and Katie Mickel adding four points apiece. Madras opens up the Stayton Tournament against Scappoose on Thursday, and La Pine travels to Lakeview on Friday.