CLATSKANIE - Warrenton's run for the state playoffs came to an end Wednesday night at Clatskanie, as the Tigers posted an early lead and held off the Warriors in the second half, 51-37, in a Lewis & Clark League boys basketball playoff at Clatskanie.
The Tigers advance to play Oregon Episcopal tonight for the league's final seed to the state playoffs, while the season comes to a close for Warrenton, 9-17 overall.
"We played hard and gave a good effort - (the Tigers) just did a good job of pressuring our guards," said Warrenton coach Josh Jannusch. "They keyed on Cody Patterson, and they did a nice job defensively on him. Reese Johnson (team-high 16 points, with four 3-pointers) stepped up for us and played well."
Clatskanie finished with 32 free throw attempts to Warrenton's nine, while Tiger senior K.C. Taylor led all scorers with 19 points.
Trevor Marioni and Chris Wood scored 10 points apiece for Clatskanie, which built a 20-12 halftime lead.
"I felt good about holding them to 20 points in the first half," Jannusch said. "And we cut their lead to five in the fourth quarter - we just got to the point where we had to foul, and they hit their free throws."
Billy Kerr added eight points and 10 rebounds for Warrenton, and Patterson finished with five steals and five assists.
"We have nine of our 12 players returning next season, so I'm excited for next year," Jannusch said. "We just had some losses early on this year that cost us home court advantage in the playoffs."
BOYS BASKETBALL: Clatskanie 51, Warrenton 37War (37): Reese Johnson 16, Kerr 8, Ferrell 5, Patterson 4, Morrison 2, Legler 2, Jannusch, Wheatley, Lamping, Hackwith, Cramer.
Cla (51): K.C. Taylor 19, Wood 10, Marioni 10, Ryan 4, Andrews 4, White 2, Sloderbeck 1, Garlock 1.
Warrenton 2 10 9 16-37
Clatskanie 6 14 10 21-51