SEASIDE — For the second straight night, Elma had to come up with a way in the final seconds to win against another Oregon school.
Launched into overtime by La Pine’s rally in the fourth quarter, the Eagles got a free throw from Chance Bremer with 2.6 seconds left and watched a potential game-winning shot go wide right at the buzzer for a 58-57 semifinal victory over La Pine (Ore) in the Seaside Holiday Tournament on Friday night.
Tonight, Elma will take on Central Linn (Ore.) in the tournament championship game at 8:30 p.m.
Elma’s girls fell to Seaside, 54-50, in a girls semifinal.
“It was an unbelievable game,” Elma head coach Marvin Prince said of the boys contest. “You have to hand it to the kids. They have belief. It is just a good win overall. It builds character with these tough games.”
Senior guard Ryan Collin led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds, with Bremer coming up with his second straight double-double — 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tyson Nauman also pulled in eight rebounds and dished out three assists for Elma (4-1).
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Elma (58) — Collin 22, Nauman, Stark 3, Lorton 4, Osgood, Gilman 4, Emerson 2, Bremer 14, Davis 1, Neary 8. FG — 20-55 (.364).FT — 12-24.
La Pine (57) — Brown 9, Smith 12, Johnson 5, Ramirez 17, Lewandowski, Taylor, Rieber 9, James, Turnsplenty 5. FG — 18-57 (.316). FT — 15-25.
Seagulls 54, Eagles 50
SEASIDE, Ore. — Seaside went on a 13-0 run in the second half to upend Elma in the semifinals of the Seaside Holiday Classic.
The Eagles (3-2) face Sisters for third place at 3:30 p.m. today.
Aggressive defense helped Elma forge a 10-point lead in the third period. But the Eagles, with several players in foul trouble, began experiencing ball-handling difficulties of their own in the second half.
“They increased their intensity and we responded with turnovers,” Elma coach Lisa Johnson said. “We just didn’t get in the flow because of the foul trouble situation.”
Elma wasn’t helped by 10-of-20 foul shooting. Johnson, however, did credit her team’s effort in a physical, turnover-filled effort.
Maddie Thompson paced the Eagles with 12 points. Her sister Aspen finished with 11 points.
Sydney Smythe paced Elma rebounders with seven. Senior floor leader Brooke Goldsmith, plagued by foul difficulty, was limited to four points but contributed six assists and five steals.
Elma (50) — M. Thompson 12, Farrar 3, Grant, Goldsmith 4, Cristelli 1, L. Thompson 5, Smythe 5, Hall 7, A. Thompson 11, Doyle 2, Lipska. FG — 17-42 (.405). FT — 10-20.
Seaside (54) – Kawasoe 13, Westerholm 6, Cleary, Lewis 11, Uttutti 11, Dondas 3, Bessert 2, Villagas 6, West 2. FG — n/a. FT — n/a.