FOREST GROVE — Marshfield’s boys have found themselves in a too-familiar place at the Class 4A state tournament: The consolation bracket.
Newport used a barrage of 3-pointers and tough defense to beat the Pirates 55-48 in the quarterfinals at Forest Grove High School on Thursday. That put the Pirates in the morning consolation bracket seeking an elusive tournament win.
“The past few years, we’re 0-5 up here,” Marshfield’s Jordy Miles said. “We’ve just got to get a win for our school.
“We’ve just got to get over this loss. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Thursday’s game was closer than the final score indicated.
Multiple times in the second half, Marshfield had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t get over the hump.
The last of those came when Newport’s Justin Plechaty missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity in the final minute with Marshfield trailing 49-48. As the Pirates tried to bring the ball upcourt, Newport’s Bryan Tapia jumped the passing lane to steal a pass and then fed Plechaty for a layin and three-point lead.
Marshfield was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the hoop at the other end and the Cubs added four free throws for the final margin.
Marshfield coach Doug Miles said he had issues with the charging call, which he termed a 50-50 play, but credited the Cubs.
“They were good,” he said. “We played really hard and we executed and we did some really good things. I can’t complain about that.
“You have to hand it to those guys. They made tough shots.”
Newport made 11 3-pointers in the game, and in the second half they always seemed to come when Marshfield was knocking at the door to take the lead or pull even.
Kye Blaser had five of those 3s while scoring 20 points. Plechaty had three more and scored 21.
Doug Miles pointed out that most of Newport’s second-half 3-pointers were contested.
“We played them like we wanted to,” he said.
Newport sometimes got the Pirates into playing a little faster than Marshfield prefers, especially in the second quarter, when the Pirates had just four points. That’s when Newport turned a 17-11 Marshfield lead after 8 minutes into a 25-21 Newport lead at the half. The Pirates never got back in front in the final two quarters.
Grant Webster led the Pirates with 15 points, while Cory Stover had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Grant Woolsey scored 10 points. Jordy Miles chipped in six points, six assists, three steals and eight rebounds.
“We didn’t shoot it good,” said Stover after the Pirates finished 20-for-47 overall but just 3-for-15 from 3-point range.
That was partly due to Newport’s frantic defense, which the Cubs were able to use since they could continually bring in fresh bodies.
“They play nine guys,” Doug Miles said. “They have a lot more depth than we do.”
The result was the Cubs going up against defending champion Seaside in the semifinals Friday night and Marshfield needing a morning win over Mazama to get to the trophy round.
Given nearly all of Marshfield’s key players being juniors, a win would be a huge boost heading into next year.
“It’s real important,” Doug Miles said. “I think they will bounce back. This group has the character to get it done.”
“It’s big to get fourth place,” he said. “We need to get a good rest tonight, forget about what happened, play a regular game, bring our energy.
“I think we can get it done.”
Marshfield is trying to snap a skid at the state tournament that includes the past three appearances.
The Pirates lost to Scappoose and Cascade in 2015 and fell to Scappoose and Astoria in 2016.
“Everybody wants it,” Stover said.