PENDLETON - Breakfast basketball didn't taste any better here Thursday morning in the Pendleton Convention Center than Wednesday's afternoon snack as far as Weston-McEwen's boys basketball team was concerned.
North Douglas ruined the TigerScots' appetite with a swarming zone defense and some deadly outside shooting when W-M tried out its zone in the third period en route to a 69-62 victory during consolation-round play at the boys Oregon Class 2A state basketball tournament.
The defeat signaled an abrupt end to Weston-McEwen's first appearance in the state tournament since 2003. The TigerScots lost to Enterprise 59-57 in Wednesday's tournament curtain raiser and bowed out with a 19-8 overall record.
"It was a short turnaround and we're not used to that," W-M coach Brian Pickard said of Thursday's 9 a.m. opening tip. "But this is the state tournament and you have to deal with things like that.
"I'm still proud of my guys," Pickard added. "This is the first time for any of them to make it to the state tournament, and I think they earned some respect."
Certainly senior guard Miles Thul turned some heads as he sank 12-of-24 field goals overall and was 6-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc for 31 points in his final game in a TigerScots uniform.
But Thul and junior Dallas Reich, who finished with 18 points, were Weston-McEwen's only effective scorers against a North Douglas zone that clamped down on the TigerScots in the paint. Senior post Tyler Babb, W-M's leading scorer on the season, was limited to six point and junior Ron Terjeson, the TigerScots' other inside threat, managed but a single bucket.
"That's probably the first zone we've seen in a month or better," Pickard said. "We usually don't have much of a problem with it, but they bottled up our posts pretty well. It's a good thing we were able to score some 3s."
But despite Thul's hot hand from long range, the TigerScots were 8-of-27 as a team from beyond the arc. And they shot 23-of-62 overall, 37 percent.
North Douglas, meanwhile, hit 26-of-47 from the field (55 percent) and drained 6-of-9 3-pointers. Three of those makes came in rapid succession by the Warriors' Austin Powers in the third quarter when Pickard ordered his team into a zone defense.
The TigerScots trailed by just a point, 36-35, with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter. But by the time Powers' third trey of the period settled through the net with 1:35 on the clock, the Warriors were in control 53-41.
"They were taking it to us by putting the ball on the floor and driving hard to the basket, so we decided to try the zone," Pickard said. "But then they got hot hitting the 3s and we had to go back to man."
Just as they did in Wednesday's tournament opener, the TigerScots jumped out to an 8-2 lead on Babb's only two baskets of the game, a Thul 3-pointer and a Thul free throw. By by quarter's end, the Warriors were in front 20-17.
WESTON-MCEWEN (62) - Thul 12-24 1-2 31, Terjseon 1-4 0-0 2, Babb 2-6 0-1 6, Reich 6-17 5-7 18, Salter 1-2 0-0 2, Greenwalt 0-0 0-0 0, McGill 0-2 0-0 0, Speed 0-2 0-0 0, Christopher 0-4 0-0 0, Chapman 1-1 0-0 3, Thacker 0-0 0-0 0, Pease 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 8-12 62.
NORTH DOUGLAS (69) - Potter 10-15 3-4 27, Colburn 6-8 6-9 18, Novakovic 4-10 1-4 10, Jenkins 3-6 0-0 7, S. Cain 1-4 0-0 2, B. Cain 0-0 0-0 0, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Litson 0-0 0-0 0, Huckins 0-0 0-0 0, Atencio 2-4 1-1 5. Totals 26-47 11-18 69.
Weston-McEwen 17 14 13 18 - 62
North Douglas 20 14 21 14 - 69
3-point goals - W-M 8-27 (Thul 6-15, Terjeson 0-2, Babb 0-1, Reich 1-3, McGill 0-2, Speed 0-1, Christopher 0-2, Chapman 1-1), North Douglas 6-9 (Potter 4-6, Novakovic 1-2, Jenkins 1-1). Total fouls - W-M 19, North Douglas 11. Fouled out - W-M (Reich). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 39 (Reich 7), North Douglas 30 (Jenkins 8). Turnovers - North Douglas 21, W-M 19. Assists - North Douglas 14 (Colburn 7), W-M 10 (Salter 4).