Oakland sinks Coquille with patience, free throws
COQUILLE — Colton Brownson converted a four-point play with 38 seconds left and fourth-ranked Oakland hit six more free throws down the stretch as the Oakers won their eighth straight to open the season on Wednesday, defeating Coquille 57-51 in a nonleague boys basketball game on the Red Devils home court.
“We were up 14 and then we went through a rough stretch to start the fourth quarter,” OHS coach Jeff Clark said.
Oakland led 42-29 to open the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils stormed back in the first seven minutes of the fourth.
Coquille hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining to tie the game and Oakland responded with a patient offensive possession that led to Brownson hitting a 3-pointer and being fouled. He hit the free throw for a four-point advantage, and Noah Strempel went on to go 4-for-4 at the line in the final 38 seconds. Brownson also added two free throws in that span.
Oakland (8-0) went 13-for-14 at the free throw line for the game.
OHS won for the second straight night. No. 11 Coquille (4-3) was a Class 3A school this time last year; the Red Devils dropped down to 2A at the start of this school year.
Coquille lost in the first-round of the 3A playoffs last February, but lost four seniors from that 23-4 team.
Brownson scored a game-high 22 points, while Strempel added 14 and Tristan Mask had 13. Stempel also had six assists, five steals and six rebounds, while Brownson had nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Clark credited Austin Madden, who didn’t score, with excellent interior defense against the Red Devils’ Hayden Davis, holding the senior post to nine points. He also pointed to the defense of Jacob Brooksby on Coquille’s Ean Smith, who had 16 points against OHS.
“Austin Madden didn’t score but he did a tremendous job defensively battling their 6-foot-6 guy inside,” Clark said. “And it’s the same with Brooksby. He did a great job defensively against the Smith kid; he’s their best player. We had good team defense throughout.”
Coquille had blown out Douglas, 92-50, Saturday night in its most recent game; the Red Devils also have a 26-point win over Glide earlier this season.
The Oakers will host Kennedy on Friday in another big game — the Trojans won the consolation bracket at the Class 2A tournament in Pendleton last year to finish fourth, their only tournament loss coming against eventual champion Columbia Christian in the quarterfinals. Kennedy (6-3) enters the game No. 10 in the power rankings after blowing out Gervais 78-37 on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be another huge one, regardless of where they are in the power rankings, they’re a good team,” Clark said. “We’ve played three good teams in a row.”
Jeremy Kistner led Coquille with 20 points.
OAKLAND (57) — Colton Brownson 22, Strempel 14, Mask 13, Brooksby 5, Roberson 2, Reynolds 1, Madden, Miller, Cummings. Totals 18-48 13-14 57.
COQUILLE (51) — Jeremy Kistner 20, Ean Smith 16, Davis 9, Hagen 3, Sperling 2, McKinley 1, Weigel. Totals 19-51 10-19 51.
3-Point Goals — Oak. 8 (Mask 3, Strempel 2, Brownson 2, Brooksby), Coq. 3 (Kistner, Hagen, Smith). Total Fouls — Oak. 19, Coq. 18. Fouled Out — McKinley. Technicals — None.
JV Score — Oakland 59, Coquille 51.