Chad Russell looking to the basket underneath
Chad Russell scored all four of Philomath's points in overtime in the team's 52-50 win over Cascade Christian. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School boys basketball team survived the first round of the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament in Coos Bay late Thursday night with a 52-50 overtime victory over Cascade Christian.

Junior Chad Russell scored all four of Philomath’s points in the OT period — the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left — to send the Warriors into a semifinal matchup against Class 5A Redmond. The Panthers pulled out a 46-42 victory over Junction City, a team that edged the Warriors back on Dec. 4.

In the game against Cascade Christian, a 3A school out of Medford, Philomath had a five-point lead by the end of the first quarter at 17-12. The Warriors were in sync from long range with senior Cole Matthews, junior Ty May and junior Cole Beardsley all hitting 3-pointers during those opening 8 minutes.

Fewer offensive fireworks were seen in the second quarter but Philomath extended its lead to seven points at 23-16.

Cascade Christian (1-1) came out for the second half with an effective attack and outscored the Warriors by 10 points to take a 35-32 lead into the fourth quarter. After scoring just 15 points in the second and third quarters combined, Philomath regrouped for 16 in the fourth with most of those coming at the foul line.

The Warriors (3-2) sank 10 of 13 shots on the free-throw line in the final 8 minutes with May alone hitting on eight of 10. May scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.

In addition to May’s points, Russell and Beardsley each finished with eight and Matthews had seven.

Cascade Christian’s 6-foot-11 center Austin Maurer, a Division 1 prospect, scored 23. Teammate Cody Reece had 11.

Friday’s game against Redmond is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start at Marshfield High School.

Philomath 52, Cascade Christian 50 (OT)
Thursday, Dec. 16, at Marshfield JHS, Coos Bay

Cascade Christian (1-1)1241913250
Philomath (3-2)176916452
2 Cody Reece36-8511
4 Triston Wallace00-040
2 Peyton Maurer11-243
12 Landon Hess11-214
34 Austin Maurer105-9223
3 Cannon Anderson02-412
50 Daniel Nering00-010
10 Cameron Ordway00-000
11 Cole Matthews22-437
13 Ty May59-13420
30 Cole Beardsley30-028
53 Chad Russell40-038
4 Logan Carter10-022
22 Preston Kramer10-032
25 Jacob Peters21-305
33 Isaac Lattin00-030
3-Point Goals: Cascade Christian 7 (Maurer 5, Reece, Hess), Philomath 4 (Beardsley 2, Matthews, May)
Fouled Out: Reece
Total Fouls: Cascade Christian 18, Philomath 20
Technicals: None


The JV team did not play Thursday. … The team’s next game on the schedule is Dec. 21 at Hidden Valley.

Philomath 51, Taft 42
Thursday, Dec. 16, at Taft HS

The JV2 squad evens its record at 2-2 on the season. … Caleb Russell scored 13 points and had three 3-pointers. … Silas Pittman finished with 12 points on five field goals and a couple of free throws. … Grant Niemann scored 11 points on five field goals and a free throw. … The Warriors outscored the opponent by 12 points in the third quarter after the game had been tied, 19-19, at halftime. … The JV2 team’s next game is set for Tuesday at Hidden Valley.