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Two coaches facing one-game suspension over ejections

LINCOLN COUNTY — Two varsity basketball coaches are facing a one-game suspension after being ejected from their games on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Toledo boys head coach Eddie Townsend and Newport girls head coach Steve Sain both received two technical fouls late in the fourth quarter of their games — Townsend against Waldport and Sain against North Marion. The two technical fouls resulted in an ejection from the contest. Per OSAA rules, if a player or coach is ejected from a contest, the person ejected will have to sit out and remain out of “sight and sound” the remainder of the contest as well as sit out the entirety of the next contest. Should the suspensions be upheld, that will be Friday when Toledo travels to face Bandon and when Newport hosts Philomath. The chaos started when Toledo’s Conner Marchant drove to the basket and was met by multiple Waldport defenders. There was no foul called on Marchant’s shot, even though Townsend had said that “everyone in the building could hear the slap.”

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Cubs aren’t doing the small things during losing streak

NEWPORT — The Newport girls basketball team was well aware that the second half of its schedule — especially the league play — would be a greater challenge than the team’s first-half schedule. Their hunch was proven right. In the last two games against OSAA top-10 teams, Banks and North Marion, the Cubs have lost both matchups by an average of 24 points. “Everyone is going to be so good and probably a little better than us,” said head coach Steve Sain. “We are going to have to play really good games to stay competitive, hopefully, if we can stay competitive we can find a way to win a ballgame. We just have to keep competing.”

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Toledo rides waves of scoring in victory over Waldport

TOLEDO — Within the first two minutes of the game, Waldport head coach Peter Ellingsen had to call a timeout to stop the bleeding after Toledo had jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. When the Toledo boys basketball team gets on a roll, it becomes a tall order to slow them down, as Waldport learned in the 73-55 Boomer victory in the season’s first of two matchups between the rival schools. “We played great,” said Toledo head coach Eddie Townsend. “That was a legitimate 20-25-point win.” Although the Irish were able to absorb some of the early runs and keep the game close, the Boomer scoring waves continued to grow bigger and bigger as the game continued. Each time Waldport cut into the lead with a scoring run, Toledo would respond with a devastating run of its own. In the second quarter, the Irish had trimmed a once eight-point lead to four. In the blink of an eye, the Boomers extended the lead to 15. Again, the Irish cut the lead to 10, and the Boomers quickly turned out an 18-point lead. “It's our pace, how we play,” Townsend said. “They are trying to focus on a lot of things when we have a lot of shooters on the floor. A four-point lead in four possessions could turn into a 16, 18-point lead and that’s what happened tonight. We got the pace going and they lost guys.”

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Boomers stun Irish with comeback win

The second matchup between the Toledo and Waldport girls basketball teams could not have been any more different than the first matchup between the rivals. The winner, however, remained the same as the Boomers (9-6, 1-1 Sunset Conference) pulled off the comeback to beat the Irish (2-13, 0-2) 33-31 Tuesday evening in Toledo. “I was really proud of how we stuck it out and found a way to win,” said Toledo head coach Mychal Williams. When the Waldport and Toledo teams squared off in the Kiwanis Holiday Tournament in December for an early morning tilt, the Boomers scored 23 points in the first quarter and coasted to a 39-25 victory. This time around, the Boomer only managed two points — both coming from free throws — in the first quarter. “(Waldport) was doing a better job at getting out on the perimeter to guard us,” Williams said. “We weren’t getting as many easy, good looks. We looked tentative all night and that might have been because they were playing tight defense on us. That affected our rhythm, that’s good coaching” But the tides would turn in the second quarter for Toledo. After putting up seven points in the first four minutes of the game, the Irish went on a scoring drought of nearly 10 minutes, not scoring again until freshman Kylie Burk’s two free throws with 2:45 left in the second quarter. A five-point first quarter lead turned into a 15-13 deficit at halftime. Much like the first quarter, the Irish came out hot, while the Boomers were cold. Ceira Topete’s six points in consecutive possessions helped Waldport build an eight-point lead with under two minutes remaining in the third. But a pair of Adrianna Perez three in the quarters closing minutes turned that the Waldport lead to two entering the fourth quarter, trailing 27-25.

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Cubs win at the buzzer, top-ranked Banks looms

The scene Tuesday night — a one-possession game in a rematch against one of 4A’s top teams, time winding down and a timeout to spare — was nearly identical to Newport’s 64-63 loss to Seaside on Friday, Jan. 5. The final result couldn’t have been more different. Tillamook would tie the game after Ian Collett hit a three with 15 seconds remaining. Still, with a timeout, Newport elected not to use it — like it did in a similar situation against Seaside — even though sophomore Bryan Tapia was trying to signal for one on the court. No timeout was called. Instead, Tapia went to the corner and received a pass right before the final horn sounded. Tapia didn’t miss. Newport won 76-73. “I knew it was going in,” said Tapia who finished with 25 points.

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