ATHENA - Exacting revenge for two previous losses to the Stanfield Tigers wasn't easy but the Weston-McEwen TigerScots beat the Tigers, 59-52, in a down-to-the-wire win here Friday night in Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball action.
W-M (12-1 BMC, 17-5 overall) clinched the BMC title and a trip to the state playoffs with the victory, and dropped Stanfield to 9-4 in BMC play.
Highlighting the win for the TigerScots was Dallas Reich's 1,500th point, coming on the second free throw made in the game with six minutes remaining in the second quarter. Reich filled the stat sheet with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Reich is now at 1,518 career points with as many as six games remaining in his high school career. He is 142 points behind W-M career leader Tony Villanuea (1,660). Reich would have to score 23.6 points a game to tie Villanuea in six games.
"I got my 1,500th point out of the way," Reich said. "It was kind of nerve racking but oh well - you gotta play the game. It is pretty exciting. I'm proud of myself, I guess, and the whole team. If I didn't have a team then I'm not going to succeed.
"The individual scoring isn't important now," he said. "I don't think I'll worry too much about the school record. Now it is just full speed ahead, hopefully win a state championship. That is what we're working towards now."
W-M center Ron Terjeson also had a monster night, scoring 21 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
It was the 11th victory in a row for the TigerScots, but left W-M coach Brian Pickard wanting more.
"We did some good things and the most important thing is that we got the win," Pickard said. "But I thought we played sloppy compared to how we have been playing. Stanfield is a small, quick team that gets after us pretty good and I don't know why we can't get inside on them more. We have a definite height advantage over them."
The TigerScots committed 13 turnovers in the game, thanks in part to six Stanfield steals. Posts Nick Pease and Riley Sederburg combine for just 12 points and nine boards.
W-M had 10 steals and four blocks. The TigerScots tallied up 14 assists to just six by Stanfield.
The TigerScots led by nine going to the break at 35-26 and won by just seven points. They never trailed in the contest.
Stanfield handed the TigerScots their lone BMC loss earlier in the season, a 63-60 loss Jan. 7. W-M also lost to the Tigers in the D.A. Davidson Classic at Whitman College, 59-53.
"We have had kids step up lately," Pickard said, "and we have that trust now. We believe that if we make a good pass then somebody is going to finish. That is a good thing. We are pretty solid numbers one through 10 on our team, and we got this one out of the way. Now it's onto the playoffs."
Weston-McEwen 59, Stanfield 52
STANFIELD (52) - D. Ibarra 2 0-0 4, Linker 1 0-0 3, Bailey 7 4-8 20, Kamm 4 0-2 8, Ramos 2 2-2 6, Haefer 2 0-0 4, U. Ibarra 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Esquivel 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 6-12 52.
WESTON-MCEWEN (59) - Terjeson 9 1-3 21, Reich 8 3-8 20, Chapman 1 0-0 2, Sederburg 3 0-0 6, Salter 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 2 0-0 4, Pease 3 0-2 6, C. Thacker 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 4-10 59.
Stanfield 12 14 9 17 - 52
Weston-McEwen 18 17 14 10 - 59
3-point goals - Stan 4 (Bailey 3, Linker), W-M 3 (Reich, Terjeson 2). Total fouls - Stan 9, W-M 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Stan 27 (Bailey 8, Ibarra 8) , W-M 39 (Terjeson 15). Assists - Stan 6 (Ramos 2), W-M 14 (Reich 5). Turnovers - Stan 17, W-M 14.