BANKS — The top-seeded Banks Braves overpowered the Newport Cubs Friday, 57-42, in the opening round of 4A state championship action.
Newport’s Matt Beaudry pressured Gobel under the basket while other Cubs blocked the lanes, but superior rebounding by the Braves — 38 recoveries to Newport’s 22 — allowed for more Banks shooting. Still, the Cubs held Banks to a 10-14 first quarter and ended the half 20-27, a slim spread that made it anyone’s game.
With Gobel contorting to block rushes by Newport’s Beaudry and senior teammate Justin Plechaty, the Braves opened up the spread in the third period, outscoring Newport 17-7. A fourth-period rally marked the only time the Cubs outscored Banks, 15-13.
Besides Plechaty’s team-leading 19 points, Beaudry ended the game with 12 while Fred Hidalgo earned four
Their final game of the season left Newport, last year’s third-place state winner, with a 12-14 record. Banks, now 24-3, advances to quarterfinal playoffs next Thursday.