The Oregon State basketball playoffs are down to the final eight teams in the 5A division. With their latest victory on their home court, over the West Albany Bulldogs, Eagle Point’s varsity basketball team has earned their place in the brackets. The Eagles beat the Bulldogs by a score of 66 – 56.
“Earned” is the definitive word to describe the Eagles’ success, judging by head coach Bryan Wood’s response to the game on Saturday, Mar. 3rd. “When you work for something, it feels that much better when you get it,” Wood said. “And they’ve worked.”
The Eagles went to work early in this game, with Tyrone Holmes scoring the first two points only seconds after Eagle Point won the tipoff. Garrett Snow assisted Cesar Chavez for a three-point basket early in the first quarter. Chavez returned the favor to Snow later in the first, second and third quarters, once on a pass that traveled the whole width of the court. Jonathan Bolston scored fast break layups in the first, second and fourth quarters.
High scorers for the Eagles were Tyrone Holmes with 19 points and 5 rebounds, Zach Reed with 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Jonathan Bolston with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Garrett Snow scored 9 points and got 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Cesar Chavez had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Eagle Point was in the double foul bonus late in the game, which had the effect of Zach Reed scoring many of his points by free throws. As a team, the Eagles had a 75% success rate from behind the foul line. Coach Wood gave his thoughts in simple fashion. “Champions make free throws,” he said.
Beginning on Thursday, Mar. 8th, the Eagles will play three days of playoff basketball at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The Eagles have drawn what should be their toughest opponent yet for the first round of competition. Benson High School is currently ranked second in the OSAA power rankings. But, coach Wood seemed unconcerned, given his team’s stellar performance. “I don’t care about that yet. We’re going to enjoy tonight.”
When asked for his feelings on his athletes and their season up to this point, coach Wood said, “I’m so happy for those guys.” Wood repeated twice his words, “I love them to death, I love them to death.”