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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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Eddyville Charter beginning to close gap on Siletz Valley

EDDYVILLE — The first time that Eddyville Charter and Siletz Valley squared off on the hardwood in 2013, the Warriors delivered a somber wakeup call to the new basketball program by handing the Eagles a 74-17 loss. The lopsided outcomes continued between the two schools separated by 20 miles. The margin of victory in the next six meetups was an average of 34 — all wins by the Warriors. “We were realistic with where we were at,” said head coach Mike Ulstad. “Majority of our kids had not played basketball those first couple of seasons. Just seeing how those teams played for Siletz and well they played together, how well they pushed the ball and how they attacked the basket. It was a good experience for them, obviously not as fun when you get beat that badly.” Now, Eddyville Charter head coach Mike Ulstad believe that his squad can compete against the team that have put a beat down on his Eagles for three years.

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Newport’s swimming depth shines through in relays

PHILOMATH — Thirteen teams competed in the three relay events at the Clemens Invitational in Philomath on Saturday, Jan. 6. Those races turned into a race for first and second between the Newport boys teams, while the rest of the field raced for third. “In these practice meets we just go our hardest because it dictates what we will do at state,” said Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza. “Because our coaches are getting our times and seeing who will be the fastest when it comes to districts and state. So it’s really important to give it your all in those relays.” The boys dominated the relays — in the 400-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relays the Cubs finished first and second and were separated by less than a second in the medley and less than two in the freestyle. The next closest team to finish was at least eight seconds slower than both of Newport’s team. The Newport boys and girls relay teams came away with three first-place finishes, two second-place and one third-place finish in the six total relays.

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Taft overcomes fourth-quarter deficit, falls in overtime

LINCOLN CITY — With under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Taft trailed Santiam Christian by nine points. It appeared as though the Tigers were ready to pack it in and let the clock run out without much fight. But then the team came alive. Savannah Russo scored six consecutive points to jump-start the Tiger comeback in the final minutes to send the game into overtime. “We notoriously get in our own heads when we get down,” said head coach Danielle Clanton. “We fought back, we tied it up and went to overtime. That’s a win in our book because that is something that we are learning as a team, is that we can’t give up and we can’t hang our heads.” Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t replicate the final four minutes of regulation in the four-minute overtime period. During overtime, Santiam Christian outscored Taft 9-2 to steal the 53-46 victory.

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Seaside gets its revenge

It came down to the bitter end between two top-five teams. Jose Ponciano’s desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer fell a couple inches short, giving No. 5 Seaside the 64-63 victory over No. 2 Newport at Spangler Court on Friday, Jan. 5. The defending state-champions made just enough plays on the defensive end to pester the Cubs. “(Seaside was) in rhythm offensively and took us out of rhythm offensively,” said head coach Doug Sain. “I thought there was a couple stretch in each half where that happened. Long-term, it’s good for us to be in those tight games, in those situations. It’s good for us coaches. “There’s a little bit of regret, but that’s part of every one-point loss.” A one-point loss didn’t appear to be a likely outcome through the first three quarters of the game. Despite knocking down three three-point baskets in the first quarter, the Cubs trailed Seaside 15-13. The Seagulls would only build on that lead. Each time Newport cut into the deficit, Seaside would respond to keep a multi-possession lead. Entering the fourth quarter, the Cubs trailed by seven.

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