BEND — Lebanon got out to a strong first quarter lead before dropping the 58-51 Class 5A State Championship playoff game to host Summit High School.
The Warriors’ defense proved to be tough for the Storm to handle as Lebanon moved quickly to stop Summit’s ball movement by boxing out and blocking the middle to force Summit away from the hoop.
Lebanon jumped out to 10-2 lead with about five minutes left in the opening quarter. John Bates scored all of his nine points in the opening quarter to lead the Warriors.
Down 21-14 after the first quarter, Summit moved to a full court press as they tried to make things happen. Instead, it was the Warriors who made the best of the open court, pushing the lead to double digits.
Junior Ty Hargis, who scored five points in the first quarter, came out with the hot hand in the second, scoring seven, including a pair of 3-pointers. His second 3 went in as he was falling to the floor.
Josh Baker hit a long 3-point shot just before half time to give the Warriors the 38-30 lead.
The third quarter proved to be Lebanon’s downfall as the Storm came out strong.
“They played very physical,” said Warrior coach Joe Williamson.
Kalib Graham opened the third quarter scoring for Lebanon on a put back after a missed shot.
Despite being outscored 12-6 in the third, the Warriors clung to a narrow 44-42 lead going into the fourth quarter.
With 6:50 left in the game, Summit took its first lead. Isaac Garber got the lead right back for the Warriors on a short jumper.
With just over 4 minutes left in the game, Lebanon started a string of players fouling out. Luke Elliott was the first Warrior to leave the floor.
Summit went on a four point run to grab the 55-51 lead with 1:25 remaining in the game.
Bates and Tyler Funk fouled out as the game wound to a close.
“It was tough on us,” Williamson said. “I was heartbroken.”
Williamson said Hargis ran the offense well.
“It was hard to lose,” Hargis said. “We will be back.”
Learning the sport from his older brother and his father are paying dividends for Hargis at the high school level.
“I always played with older players but I was still the leader,” Hargis said.
The Warriors return 6 players, including 3 starters next seaon.
“We have a good core coming back,” Williamson said.
Summit 58, Lebanon 51
LEBANON 21 17 6 7 — 51
SUMMIT 14 16 12 16 — 58
Lebanon: Ty Hargis 17, Garber 9, Bates 9, Graham 7, Elliott 6, Baker 3, Carter, Sipos, Funk
Summit: Hurley 17, Baker 11, Cornett 9, Jones 6, N. Mason 5, C. Mason 5, Kent 3, Garcia 2