NEWPORT — The Newport Cubs came out shooting Friday, shocking the No. 3 state-ranked Eagles in the opening minutes of an Oregon West Conference
But the lead faded fast as Stayton, now 8-0 in
Three out of four Stayton players stretched the tape to six feet and well beyond — a man-to-man advantage of eight feet over the Cubs, according to roster figures. But Newport Coach Doug Swain, whose boys are 2-6 in league, was scrappy as he described the challenge.
“They’re talented, well coached and big, but they’re ugly,” quipped Sain, whose game plan depended on zone defense, a “patient” offense
Riding a seven-game winning streak, Stayton took the court
By the time Brian Tapia added three more from the corner, Stayton recovered from the opening shock and got the range on the Cubs. Narrowing the Cubs’ defensive perimeter with pressure passes and well-timed attacks, Stayton posted 12 points in the final five minutes of the opening period. The game was 12-8 at the buzzer.
Armed with an anemic lead, Stayton focused on Newport lead scorer Justin Plechaty, who was tripped, shoved and body-slammed as he looked for gaps in the Eagle key. It was just as well, as the 6-3 senior went four-for-four from the charity stripe in the second period. The half ended with Stayton building its cushion to 28-18, anyway.
The end came abruptly in the fourth period as Stayton completely shut down the Cub offense, though it never released the bench until the final two minutes of play.
Newport’s next home game is Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. when the Cubs (2-6 in
NEWPORT 8 10 10 0 - 28
STAYTON 12 13 16 8 - 50
Newport: F. Hidalgo 6, K. Bruns 1, J. Plechaty 11, B. Tapia 8, Q. Travis 2
Stayton: Butler 3, Rash 2, Nichols 10, Anundi 12, Jenkins 11, Whieldon 1, Classen 11