PHS senior Cole Beardsley scored 20 points on Friday against Junction City. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School boys basketball team on Friday defeated Junction City for the second time this season with a 56-49 win in the semifinals of the Les Schwab South Coast Classic in Coos Bay.

The Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the OSAAtoday coaches poll and No. 1 in the OSAA rankings, advance to the tournament’s championship game on Saturday night to face Cascade Christian. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Philomath outduels 5A Redmond in boys hoops, 50-42

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…

against the winner of Cascade Christian vs. Marshfield, which played the late game on Friday.

Philomath (6-0) crushed Junction City, last season’s 4A runner-up, in the season opener on Dec. 3 by a count of 59-33. The rematch was closer although the Warriors did have a comfortable 46-26 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“We were up 20 late in the third and Cole (Beardsley) got into some foul trouble and we had to bring him out,” PHS coach Blake Ecker said. “Our guards at that time didn’t respond real well to the pressure but they eventually relaxed and held on for the win.”

Philomath and Junction City were tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter but the Warriors started to pull away in the second and led 23-16 by halftime. Preston Kramer scored six of his nine points in the second quarter, Beardsley hit a 3-pointer and added a couple of free throws and big man Chad Russell scored on a couple of hoops.

In the third, the Warriors turned up the volume with a 23-10 run. Ty May scored nine of his 14 points in the third while Beardsley hit another 3 and scored seven. Russell had a couple of more baskets and Kramer also scored as Philomath built a lead.

Junction City (4-2) turned the tables on Philomath in the fourth with a 23-10 run of its own but it wasn’t enough in the end. The Warriors scored all 10 of its points over those final eight minutes from the free-throw line.

For the game, Philomath was 22 of 36 from the foul line. Beardsley made 12 of 14 and May hit 8 out of 9 but the rest of the team struggled at the stripe with a combined 2 of 13.

Beardsley finished with 20 points and May hit for 14 and Russell got into double digits with 11.

Cascade Christian is up next and will come at Philomath with 7-foot center Austin Maurer, last season’s 3A player of the year who is picking up scholarship offers from major college programs, including Oregon State.

The Medford school is 2-0, just getting into its season with the South Coast Tournament. Cascade Christian beat Crook County on Thursday, 74-38, and Hidden Valley on Friday, 61-39.

Philomath opened the tournament with a 50-42 win over Redmond.