In Bryan Wood’s first year as head coach at EPHS, the Fighting Eagles basketball team went to the state playoffs for the first time in over three decades. But, coach Wood did not claim responsibility for his team’s success this season.
“Our kids deserve a lot of credit. We came a long ways in six months,” Wood said. “It’s a credit to how hard these guys work.”
The 5-A division playoffs took place from Thursday Mar. 8th through Saturday Mar. 10th at Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Along with Eagle Point, the other schools in the final eight were Mountain View, Milwaukie, Wilsonville, Churchill, Corvallis, Silverton, and Benson.
For the first round of competition, the Eagles drew the Techmen from Benson who are ranked 2nd in the OSAA Power Rankings. On day two, the Eagles faced the 6th ranked team, the Silverton Foxes in the consolation bracket. Respectively, the scores for each game were 39 – 69 against Benson and 49 – 61 versus Silverton. These early losses eliminated the Eagles from the tournament.
“It was an adjustment for us,” coach Wood explained. The Eagles appeared simply unaccustomed to the elevated pressure of the post-season. During both games, they made good plays on both sides of the court. “But, we never seemed to get them going at the same time,” Wood said.
Tyrone Holmes was the Eagles’ high scorer in their game with Benson. Holmes scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Jonathan Bolston got 9 points and 2 rebounds. Zach Reed had 3 points and 4 rebounds. Cesar Chavez scored 2 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Jorge Quintero had 1 point and 4 rebounds.
In their game against Silverton, Reed got 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bolston scored 13 points with 4 rebounds. Holmes had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Quintero got 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist. Christian Flores scored 5 points and got 4 rebounds. Kramer Edwards had 2 points and 1 rebound.
Kramer Edwards is one of the younger Eagles, among others like Kyle Zerger and Aaron James, who represent the successful seasons to come for the Eagles. “That’s the future,” coach Wood said. “I wanted to make sure they got on that court, so when we come back up here it’s not the first time.”
Congratulations to all the Eagles for their impressive year of basketball.
By Michael Stephens
of the Independent