STAYTON — In a team huddle, Newport head coach Doug Sain told his players that he was beginning to recognize the team that was playing on the court.
The problem was that statement happened as the game shifted to the fourth quarter.
It took the Cubs nearly three quarters for Sain to see the same team that has been an OSAA top-five team for most of the season; and by that time they had to dig themselves out of a hole that reached as high as 20 points in the third quarter.
A 23-point third quarter helped Newport cut the lead to single digits within the game’s final minutes, but wasn’t enough to complete the comeback, falling 63-51 and falling two games behind the Eagles in the Oregon West Conference.
“You can’t wait two and a half quarters against a good team and expect to come out on top,” Sain said. “If we had come out with the same type of energy at the beginning it would’ve been a fantastic game that could’ve gone one way or another.”
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