Slow second half dooms Rangers
4A BOYS BASKETBALL
The Estacada boys basketball team had it rolling in the second quarter Monday night, but got off track coming out of the halftime locker room during a 67-52 home loss to Newport.
The Rangers were down seven late in the first quarter before climbing back into contention in a matter of seconds. Calvin Dryden tucked a put back over the front of the rim, then Newport was called for carrying the ball, giving the ball back to the Rangers for Nick Keller to hit a step-back 3-pointer over the top of a defender to bring Estacada within 19-17 at the first-quarter horn.
The teams traded the lead three times early in the second period before Dryden spun to the basket for a layup and a 26-24 lead that prompted Newport to call timeout.
Estacada maintained the upper hand when Dryden poked a ball loose, and the Rangers put in a patient possession on the offensive end that ended with Dryden hitting a corner 3.
Newport hit a long ball at the other end to pull even with a minute left in the half, but Estacada rushed back on top when Cody Syring answered with a 3 from the top of the arc.
The Rangers got the ball back up a point with head coach Kelly Norman shouting instructions to hold for one shot.
As it turned out the Rangers would get off two.
Nathan Hagel was left open in front of the bleachers and swished a 3 with 0:20 still on the clock. Newport missed a free throw at the other end, and Syring dribbled to the top of the arc and hit another 3.
Nine points in the final minute of the half sent the Rangers to the locker room up 38-31.
Estacada maintained its advantage early in the second half when Gabriel Martinez tipped a rebound to himself and went back up unchallenged for two points off the glass.
But the visiting Tigers put on a rush late in the third quarter, pulling even at 44-44 when Matt Beaudry knocked down a 3 from the left side.
Newport kept the hot hand into the fourth, starting the quarter with long balls by Justin Plechaty and Fred Hidalgo to take a lead that it would not surrender.
Keller pulled up to hit an 8-footer from the right side, and Martinez found Hagel cutting through the lane for a layup that brought the Rangers within a point with 4:30 to play.
But that was as close as Estacada would get.
Plechaty came up with back-to-back steals along the sideline, turning the first one into a dunk and the second one into free throws for Beaudry.
In a flash, Newport was back out to a six-point lead.
Bryan Tapia hit an open 3 in front of the Rangers' student section, and Hidalgo drained one from the other side of the court to put the game out of reach up 12 with two minutes to play.
Estacada dropped a 59-56 decision to Portland Adventist on Saturday. The Rangers used a 21-point second quarter to take a 30-22 lead into halftime before the Cougars pulled ahead in the fourth. Dryden led the Rangers with 15 points.
Estacada (2-3) plays at Cascade at 7 p.m. Friday before both the boys and girls program hosts a traveling squad from Australia in an exhibition doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
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NEWPORT 19 12 13 23 — 67
ESTACADA 17 21 6 8 — 52
Newport (67) — Justin Plechaty 22, Matt Beaudry 14, Fred Hidalgo 11, Bryan Tapia 8, Carson Martinson 4, Jose Gonzalez 3, Courtland 3, Leo Johns 2, Sampson, Baldwin, Lehrer, Stottlemeyer.
Estacada (52) — Calvin Dryden 13, Gabe Martinez 13, Cody Syring 11, Nate Hagel 8, Nick Keller 5, Domingo Telles 2, McDonald, Marin.
Stayton comes out quick for girls win
The Estacada girls dropped a 47-13 decision to Stayton in its home opener last week.
The Eagles used a series of quick passes before Makenzie Plata fired the ball inside to 6-foot center Marri Martinez for an easy two and an 18-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Estacada's best possession of the game came midway through the second period and also led to the team's first points of the night. A quick series of passes got the Stayton defense moving before Izzy Hagel swung the ball to a teammate, who got a step on her defender and drove the lane for a layup.
The Rangers only other points of the first half came in the final minute when Makaelyn Jennings got the ball at the top of the arc, stepped back from her defender and ripped the net with a 3-pointer. Estacada went into halftime trailing 26-5.
Estacada (0-4) hosts Cascade at 7 p.m. Friday.
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These stories are slated for our Dec. 13, print edition.