Missed free throws doom TigerScot boys in districts loss


PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen fell to Stanfield by just two points, 56-54, after making just 8-of-23 attempts from the free-throw line in a Class 2A district playoffs game Friday night at the Pendleton Convention Center.

With the loss, the TigerScots are now eliminated from the postseason and end the season at 14-11 overall and 9-7 in the Blue Mountain Conference.

Weston-McEwen struggled to execute down the stretch during the loss, but even more critical was the TigerScots’ inability to convert at the charity stripe.

“You’re not going to win any kind of game shooting 8-for-23 from the free-throw line,” W-M coach Brian Pickard said. “Especially in a two-point game. You can’t fault the team’s effort though; they played hard until the end.”

The TigerScots led 26-20 at halftime, despite a 1-for-11 free-throw shooting performance in the first half.

Stanfield’s Bryce Linker led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points, but it was the heavily built, 6-foot-2 forward Michael Martinez that keyed a third-period rally.

Martinez scored nine unanswered points in the paint in the final two minutes of the third to put the Tigers on top, 35-33, heading into the fourth. He hit all five of his free thow attempts during the run.

Martinez finished with 11 points, all in the second half, and had a team-high seven rebounds.

The game was a seesaw battle in the fourth quarter, with the game being tied seven times before Stanfield edged out the TigerScots.

With just over a minute left in the game, Zane Chapman hit a 2-point jumper to give Weston-McEwen a 53-51 lead, but a Linker 3 gave Stanfield a lead they would not relinquish.

The Tigers’ Ulisses Ibarra missed two free throws to leave the door open for W-M with just 31.5 seconds left on the clock.

W-M’s Tyler Peterson drove the lane and made a runner on the next possession but was called for a charge after bowling over Martinez, negating the bucket and giving the ball back to Stanfield.

Linker again went to the line and split a pair of free throws, giving his team a 55-53 lead.

Nick Pease was fouled going to the basket with 6.8 seconds left and went to th line to shoot two.

Pease missed the first toss and made the second to pull the TigerScots within one.

Pease stole the ball after the Tigers inbounded and W-M called a quick timeout with 4.7 seconds left.

But the TigerScots returned the favor, turning the ball over on the inbound, and Linker hit another free throw after taking a foul to put the score at 56-54 with 1.9 seconds left.

Weston-McEwen got the rebound but couldn’t get a shot off.

“This is the eleventh time that we’ve played Stanfield in three years,” Pickard said. “You kind of come to expect a game like this. I’m tired of playing them.”

W-M had four players score in double figures. Peterson and Chapman each had 12 points while Calvin and Lance Thacker each had 10. Pease added six.

Peterson led the TigerScots with 11 boards.

The TigerScots forced 32 Tiger turnovers and made 15 steals.


WESTON-MCEWEN (54) — Chapman 5-6 0-2 12, Peterson 5-14 2-10 12, C. Thacker 3-8 4-5 10, L. Thacker 5-14 0-2 10, Pease 2-4 2-4 6, McAllister 2-7 0-0 4, Youncs 0-1 0-0 0, Ramirez 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 8-23 54.

STANFIELD (56) — Linker 6-9 6-10 22, Martinez 3-6 5-5 11, Davchevksi 3-3 0-0 6, Gonzalez 1-5 2-2 5, Esquivel 1-2 1-3 3, Ibarra 1-2 0-2 2, Haefer 1-3 0-0 2, Valadez 1-2 0-0 2, Angel 1-2 0-0 2, Baros0-0 1-2 1, Gehrke 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 15-24 56.

W-M 11 15 7 21 — 54

Stanfield 11 9 15 21 — 56

3-point goals — W-M 2-8 (Chapman 2), Stan 5 (Linker 4, Gonzalez). Total fouls — W-M 21, Stan 20. Fouled out — W-M (Ramirez, C. Thacker). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — W-M 29 (Peterson 11), Stan 31 (Martinez 7). Assists — W-M 12 (C.Thacker 5), Stan 9 (Angel 3). Turnovers — W-M 20, Stan 32.


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