The Philomath High School boys basketball team continued its winning ways early this season by knocking off previously unbeaten Class 5A Redmond, 50-42, on Thursday night in the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament in Coos Bay.
The Warriors (5-0) will play in the tournament’s semifinals at 5:15 p.m. Friday against Junction City. The Tigers advanced with a 63-32 win over Mazama. Philomath handed Junction City its only loss this season in the season opener, 59-33.
Against Redmond, the Warriors battled throughout to secure the victory. Senior Cole Beardsley hit two 3-pointers and had eight points in the first quarter alone to help Philomath to an 11-7 lead. By halftime, the Warriors lead was 26-21 — Beardsley hitting another 3 and key baskets coming from junior Jacob Peters and junior Preston Kramer.
Points were hard to come by for both teams in the third quarter. The Warriors held Redmond to a pair of field goals. Philomath scored on three baskets by senior Chad Russell and a free throw by senior Ty May.
Then in the fourth, Philomath erupted for 17 points to nail down the victory. Senior Brody Bushnell buried a 3-pointer and May scored on a couple of hoops but the biggest contribution came from Beardsley at the foul line by hitting 8 of 10 free throws.
Beardsley finished with a game-high 19 points while May and Russell each added nine.
The game was Philomath’s closest this season with the Warriors defeating their first four opponents by an average of 33.5 points. Redmond is ranked No. 4 in the Class 5A OSAAtoday coaches’ poll. The Warriors are ranked No. 2 in the 4A poll, No. 1 in the OSAA rankings.