CORVALLIS — It was a magical opening quarter for South Albany High.
The Rebels stood toe-to-toe with Wilsonville, giving the defending state champion everything it could handle.
But reality set in after the first eight minutes in Tuesday’s OSAA 5A boys basketball state quarterfinal at Gill Coliseum. The top-seeded Wildcats turned a 12-all tie into a rout by outscoring No. 8 South 29-5 in the second period.
Wilsonville led 41-17 at the break and went on to claim a 69-47 victory, punching its ticket to Thursday’s semifinals. The Wildcats (25-1) will face No. 5 La Salle for a spot in Friday’s championship game.
The Rebels (19-6), who made the quarters for the first time in program history, will take on fourth-seeded Summit at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the consolation bracket.
“We knew it was going to be a tall task against them,” said South coach Justin Smith. “They didn’t have a game within 15 in the state tournament last year. We have bigger things to do still. We have an opportunity to still play for a trophy, so we have to make sure that we flush this game and get ready for the next.”
Ten first-half turnovers came back to haunt South, which succumbed to foul trouble in the second quarter.
Starters Jake Costello, Tyler Anderson and Jaden Guilford all had two early fouls. Tanner Hemzacek picked up his third with 3:30 to go in the half.
“We played pretty well in the first quarter and … we talked about it all week long that we can’t turn the ball over,” Smith said. “And we had 10 turnovers in the first half and most of them came in the second quarter, giving them easy runouts. And we got in foul trouble there and I knew once they got into a 1-on-1, it was going to be tough for us.”
Wilsonville senior Zach Reichle, an Oregon State signee, scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second quarter.
Reichle finished with nine rebounds, four assists and was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Costello, a junior wing, paced the Rebels with 12 points and nine rebounds. Guilford had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds while Anderson tallied nine points and four boards.
South outscored Wilsonville, which kept its starters on the court deep into the fourth, 30-28 in the second half.
“Our kids competed,” Smith said. “They did a really good job with that.”
South missed its first four field goal attempts and committed two early turnovers while falling behind 6-0. But the Rebels ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 12.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Guilford and Costello cut the deficit to 12-8, and Guilford then buried an elbow triple to tie it.
The Wildcats opened the second period with a quick 6-0 run and pulled away from there.
“We didn’t do a very good job running our stuff,” Smith said. “They are athletic, they are long, they are physical and we are still a year away from probably being able to deal with that.”
Wilsonville shot 56.3 percent from the floor (27 of 48) and had 16 assists.
South finished 15 of 46 from the field (32.6 percent) and 7 of 23 (30.4 percent) from beyond the arc.