TigerScots hold off late Stanfield rally to win first district game

The TigerScots watch a 15-point lead disappear before putting the game away, 55-54.

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PENDLETON - Weston-McEwen's boys weathered a second-half rally from Stanfield to win the Blue Mountain Conference district playoff game, 55-54, at the Pendleton Convention Center here Friday night.

The TigerScots got the tipoff and first score in the first round of district play, with a victory that guaranteed them a place in state regardless of the outcome of Saturday night's game against Heppner.

While that's a good feeling, there's still work to be done, said head coach Brian Pickard.

"The win was too close," Pickard said. "Stanfield is a good team and it's hard to beat a good team three times in a season."

The TigerScots are 16-9 overall and 12-2 for the season. They beat Stanfield in both of their previous meetings this season.

Weston-McEwen scored early and kept the lead for most of the game, closing the first quarter ahead 15-11.

The TigerScots were ahead by 10 with 4:44 remaining in the half after a 3-pointer by Dallas Reich, and peaked with a 15-point lead with less than a minute remaining. Two free throws by Stanfield closed the gap to 13, at 33-20, going into the break.

Reich led the TigerScots in first-half scoring with 5-of-7 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws for 16 points. He also hit the only 3-pointer of the game.

After the break, Weston-McEwen came back sloppy and Stanfield took advantage. By the end of the third, it was 46-42.

"We kind of fell apart," Pickard said. "A 15-point lead dropped to a four-point lead, and we've got no reason for it."

In the fourth, scores by Stanfield standout Quinton Grogan brought the teams to the closest point of the game at 50-49 with 2:45 to go.

Late turnovers and forced fouls, including four free-throw attempts by Stanfield, helped it to within one point, 55-54, with 27.7 seconds left on the clock.

But Weston-McEwen, bouyed by an excited red-and-white cheering section, held onto the lead. Stanfield missed its last free throw and the TigerScots took possession for the final seconds.

Finishing strong has been a struggle all season, Pickard said.

"We get too confident and instead of finishing them off, we let them back in," he said. "We've got to keep playing through the whole game."

The TigerScots played Heppner Saturday night for the fourth time this season. They lost all three of the previous meetings with their rival.

STANFIELD (54) - Bailey 0-8 0-5 4-6 4, Grogan 6-11 0-0 0-3 12, Erwert 4-6 0-0 0-0 8, Madrigal 1-3 0-2 0-1 2, Shirley 2-2 0-0 5-8 9, Griffin 4-9 0-1 2-2 10, Watson 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Monkus 1-4 0-2 2-2 4, Blevins 2-2 0-0 1-4 5. Totals 20-47 0-10 14-26 54.

WESTON-MCEWEN (55) - C. Hegdal 3-6, 0-0 0-1 6, Thul 3-9 0-1 0-1 6, Reich 7-16 1-2 7-7 22, Christopher 0-3 0-2 4-6 4, O. Hegdal 3-8 0-0 2-7 8, Sohappy 1-5 0-1 0-0 2, Penaloza 3-8 0-0 1-3 7, Babb 0-0 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 1-6 14-25 55.

Stanfield 11 9 22 12 - 54

Weston-McEwen 15 18 13 9 - 55

3-point goals - Stanfield 0-10, Weston-McEwen 1 (Reich 1-2). Total fouls- Stanfield 18, Weston-McEwen 19. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Stanfield 36 (Grogan 11), Weston-McEwen 41 (Reich 15). Turnovers- Stanfield 28, Weston-McEwen 26. Assists- Stanfield 7 (Madrigal 1), Weston-McEwen 7 (Thul 3).

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