Golden Eagles fly by Monarchs

Nixyaawii advances to play for fourth in state with the 87-70 victory over Umpqua Valley Christian Friday.



Nixyaawii's Anthony Bonifer (back) tags an Umpqua Valley Christian player while reaching for possession of the ball during their Friday morning game in Baker City. The Monarch player was hit with a traveling foul after sliding on the floor.

BAKER CITY, Ore. - Nixyaawii's Golden Eagles routed Umpqua Valley Christian 87-70 here Friday morning at the Oregon Class 1A boys state basketball tournament at Baker High School.

The victory advanced Nixyaawii into the fourth-sixth-place game Saturday morning against Powder Valley.

Four Nixyaawii starters scored in double figures and the fifth just missed it by two points in the loser-out game.

"When we play like a team," Nixyaawii coach Aaron Noisey said, "it is hard to beat us. Last night (a 69-63 loss to Damascus Christian in Thursday's quarterfinals) we didn't work together and we got picked apart."

Shawn Simpson led the Eagles with 23 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Case scored 21 on 6-of-8 from downtown.

"We told the kids to get to the basket this game," Noisey said. "Shawn did that and got us going. That opened it up for the 3-point shot of Isaiah."

Post Ashton Picard scored 17 points inside for Nixyaawii.

"The guys were looking for Picard and got him the ball close to the hoop," Noisey said. "Ashton squared his shoulders, took his time and scored the ball. He is so tall that it is hard to block his shot."

Joe Crawford of the Eagles scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists.

"Joe had a good all-around game and played good defense," Noisey said.

The Eagles, as a team, forced 21 turnovers and had five steals.

Anthony Bonifer of Nixyaawii had four steals and eight points.

For the game, Nixyaawii shot 53.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point land and 64.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Monarchs shot 50 percent and were 10-of-28 from 3-point distance. Umpqua Valley hit only 6-of-12 free throws.

"We got out to an early lead and forced them to play our game," Noisey said. "They couldn't slow the game down because they were behind. They threw up the 3-pointers and didn't shoot well from the line. We did both of those."

The score after one quarter was Golden Eagles 22, Monarchs 17.

Simpson and Case had five points apiece from the outside and Picard and Crawford added four apiece inside in the first quarter.

Nixyaawii was outscored 21-12 in the second quarter and went into the half trailing 38-34.

The game was won in the third when the Eagles outscored the Monarchs by 20 to take a 16-point lead into the fourth.

Simpson hit three jumpers, had a fast break hoop and a putback for 10 in the third.

Case hit four 3-pointers, Crawford scored eight more points near the hoop and Picard added four in the period.

Austin Stone of the Monarchs hit four long 3-pointers in the fourth to try to bring his team back.

"Can that guy (Stone) shoot?" Noisey asked. "We had to put in a box-and-one on defense to keep at least one guy on him late in the game."

Stone led his team with 26 points. The Monarchs were only able to get as close as eight in the final quarter.

Picard and Simpson paced the scoring in the final period for Nixyaawii with four apiece.

"I'm really proud of our guys," Noisey said. "It is our first state (tournament) win in basketball, boys or girls, in the history of our school."

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (70) - Rocco 1-4 0-0 2, Stone 9-16 0-0 26, Z. Medak 2-3 2-4 6, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Claughton 7-10 2-2 16, Schultz 2-7 1-2 6, Barnhart 6-6 1-3 14, Perez 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 0-2 0-1 0, Schroeder 0-0 0-0 0, Harding 0-1 0-0 0, D. Medak 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 6-12 70.

NIXYAAWII (87) - Bonifer 3-7 2-2 8, Simpson 10-23 3-3 23, Crawford 8-12 0-0 16, Case 7-9 1-3 21, Picard 7-9 3-7 17, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, McKay 0-2 2-2 2, Frank 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Sampson 0-2 0-2 0, Welch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-65 11-17 87.

Umpqua Val. Ch. 17 21 14 18 - 70

Nixyaawii 22 12 34 19 - 87

3-point goals - UVC 10-28 (Stone 8, Schultz, Barnhart), Nixyaawii 6-12 (Case 6). Total fouls - Nixyaawii 16, UVC 13. Fouled out - Nixyaawii (Crawford). Technical fouls - UVC (Stone). Rebounds - UVC 37 (Smith 8), Nixyaawii 30 (Picard 8). Turnovers - UVC 21, Nixyaawii 12. Assists - Nixyaawii 15 (Simpson 5), VC 9 (Rocco 2).


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