PENDLETON - Weston-McEwen TigerScots center Ron Terjeson had a monster game with 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots in leading his team to a 69-62 win over the Stanfield Tigers in the consolation semifinals of the Class 2A Oregon state boys basketball tournament at the Pendleton Convention Center Friday.
Guard Dallas Reich pumped in 16 points, including making two of three 3-pointers, and had eight rebounds and four assists. Reich scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half.
"Ron and I sat down at halftime," Reich said, "and decided that now was the time to get it done. We came out after halftime and just tried to do our best. We hustled on every play."
Terjeson registered seven of his blocks in the first half to keep the TigerScots within striking distance.
The score at the intermission was 30-29, Stanfield.
Coming out of the halftime break, the TigerScots were outscored 19-17 and the lead was three for the Tigers at 49-46 going into the fourth period.
It was then that the TigerScots put on a clinic. They outscored their opponents 24-13 in the final period and took the seven-point victory.
W-M played well with primarily a smaller lineup after post Riley Sederberg fouled out early in the fourth stanza.
In the fourth period, the TigerScots shot 11-of-19 from the free-throw line. The Tigers were 4-of-6 from the line in the final period and 13-of-20 for the game.
Stanfield star Devin Bailey fought to keep Stanfield in the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds. But Bailey only managed three points down the stretch of the fourth period.
Bailey was overmatched by Reich in the fourth. Reich scored six straight points after Elliot Salter was able to make a steal and layup to tie the game at 51 apiece with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
Shortly after Salter's layup, Reich banked home a jumper, made one free throw and nailed a 3. With Reich's handy work, the TigerScots had a 57-51 lead with 3:25 remaining.
After Stanfield's Bryce Linker hit a shot, Reich assisted on a three-point play by Terjeson, which gave W-M a seven-point lead with 2:53 remaining.
The rest of the way, the TigerScots hit just enough free throws to keep the Tigers out of range. W-M was 9-of-16 from the charity stripe in the final 2:30.
"We just needed to keep going, not give up," Reich said. "Not give up when we were behind. Keep driving to the bucket and get fouls. That is really what the game plan was."
W-M got out to a 15-13 lead in the first quarter on a combined 11 points from its two posts, Sederberg and Terjeson.
"This is the fifth time we've played Stanfield and we know we have a size advantage," W-M Brian Pickard said. "Every game we play them this year, we have got away from that. They can't match up inside with Ron, Riley or Dallas, but we got away from it."
The Tigers outscored W-M 24-16 in points in the paint in the game, even after the hot start by the TigerScots posts. The Tigers also outscored W-M in second-chance points with a 14-6 advantage.
Stanfield outrebounded W-M 44-40, had 20 offensive rebounds, hoisted up 70 shots, and had three fewer turnovers (21-to-18) than the TigerScots.
Still, the Tigers lost while shooting just 31 percent from the field while W-M shot 52 percent for the game.
In the first quarter, Salter was benched after two quick fouls in the first two minutes. After Salter went to the bench until halftime, the TigerScots commited 11 turnovers in just 14 minutes.
W-M scored on an-even keel with the Tigers, edging them 27-26 in Salter's absence. Playing in place of Salter was Calvin Thacker, who had eight points, and Jacob Ramirez.
Without Salter, Reich ran the point position against the Stanfield press and it took him out of the offensive scheme. Reich managed just three points in the first half.
After Salter returned to point, the TigerScots ran the offense and W-M only committed eight turnovers in the second half while scoring 41 points.
"Elliot is our floor general," Reich said. "He takes care of everything. When he gets in there, he keeps the turnovers down and plays good defense. So he is a big help."
Salter finished with nine points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Also at starting guard was Chapman who scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting in the game.
The Achilles Heel of the TigerScots was once again the free-throw line. They made only 51 percent but shot 37 times.
"I don't get it," Pickard said. "Normally, we shoot 70-75 percent from the free-throw line. We've just struggled with it the past couple of days. It was way better today, so hopefully it will be even better Saturday."
Terjeson chimed in about the free-throw miscues.
"Usually only making 19-of-37 free throws isn't going to get it done in a big game," Terjeson said. "We work on it a lot in practice, so I don't know why we aren't hitting them in games lately."
Despite the free-throw troubles, Pickard was happy with the win.
"The key was, we got to the free-throw line so many times today by being aggressive and attacking the basket," he said. "We need that to continue. Other than missing some free throws, I was very proud of the way every one of our kids played today, after yesterday (a 43-39 loss to Days Creek). It was a well-rounded effort."
Stanfield was eliminated from the tourney and W-M played in a trophy game for fourth and sixth place Saturday morning against Vernonia.
Weston-McEwen 69, Stanfield 62
STANFIELD (62) - Bailey 6-19 6-7 20, Haefer 1-6 2-4 4, D. Ibarra 3-8 0-1 7, Ramos 5-14 0-0 12, Linker 3-12 4-5 10, U. Ibarra 1-2 0-0 2, Kamm 3-7 1-3 7, Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Valadez 0-1 0-0 0, Esquivel 0-0 0-0 0, Davchevski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-70 13-20 62.
WESTON-MCEWEN (69) - Salter 2-2 5-10 9, Terjeson 6-10 6-8 20, Chapman 4-10 2-4 11, Reich 5-10 4-8 16, Sederberg 2-6 1-2 5, Ramirez 0-0 0-3 0, C. Thacker 3-4 1-2 8, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-42 19-37 69.
Stanfield 13 17 19 13 - 62
Weston-McEwen 15 14 17 24 - 69
3-point goals - Stan 5-24 (Bailey 2-10, Haefer 0-1, D. Ibarra 1-3, Ramos 2-9, Linker 0-1), W-M 6-11 (Terjeson 2-3, Chapman 1-2, Reich 2-3, Sederberg 0-1, C. Thacker 1-2). Total fouls - Stan 26, W-M 17. Fouled out - Stan (Ramos), W-M (Sederberg). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Stan 44 (Bailey 15), W-M 40 (Terjeson 14). Turnovers - Stan 18, W-M 21. Assists - Stan 5, W-M 10 (Reich 4).