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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