by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton senior guard Martin Tannler tries to split a Roseburg double team in the fourth quarter of the Beavers season-extending win on Saturday.

Senior savvy guards and hot-shooting swingmen with golden strokes win postseason games.

In do-or-die situations, when win-or-go-home contests are at stake, the teams that have knockdown shooters and crafty playmakers tend to survive the longest — and possibly topple a power or two on a Cinderella playoff run.

In the fourth quarter of its 6A play-in game with Roseburg on Saturday, Beaverton put faith in its three fearless seniors: Sam Parker, Ty Peacock and Martin Tannler, who took the reins of the Beavers’ destiny and extended it at least one more game.

The trio had a hand in every substantial play down the stretch, whether it was a big bucket, a steal, assist or free throw to give Beaverton a huge 55-51 win to move on to the first round of the 6A playoffs. Peacock led the Beavers with 17 points and Tannler had seven. Parker poured in 12 points— nine in the second half.

“I didn’t want to go out with a loss,” said Parker. “I’m a senior. I have to play as hard as I can. On the offensive end, I did what I had to do. “I missed a couple shots earlier in the game, so I knew I had to lock down and be focused and make shots.”

“We look for the open man, and we know when we execute our plays, we’ll get an open shot,” said Tannler. “We just want to keep going in the playoffs. We don’t want to settle for anything. We want to keep going and see what happens. If we work on defense and keep executing on offense, we can beat anyone.”

“Every game you have to scrap,” added Peacock. “You have to get as many buckets as you can. You have to find the defense’s weaknesses and just compete 100 percent.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton senior post Kiuna Talalemotu catches a pick-and-roll pass on his way to the hoop in the fourth quarter of the Beavers 55-51 win on Saturday.

Engage in fisticuffs is just what Beaverton did in the final 4:20 of the fourth, after Roseburg took a 42-40 lead. First, Peacock pelted a crosscourt pass to Parker, who canned a wet three ball from the right wing that gave Beaverton a 43-42 advantage. After the Indians answered with a three from deep, the lights-out Parker— who’s been on an absolute tear as of late and built a reputation as a clutch shooter in the Metro League — drained a three from the left corner that reclaimed a 46-45 edge with 2:40 to go.

“I have no conscious when I’m shooting,” said Parker. “I have to keep doing my thing and don’t think about the end result when I shoot. I just keep focused, and it’ll go in eventually. It paid off.”

“Every time I threw it to (Parker), I thought it was going in,” added Peacock. “That’s what he said, ‘Every time, it’s going in no matter what’. And, I told him we’re not losing this game. We were getting pretty fired up.”

“When he’s hot, he doesn’t miss,” said Tannler of Parker.

Peacock swished two free throws to push the Beavers’ lead to 48-45 with 2:03 left. Then, Parker made what might’ve been the play of the game, and arguably the season.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton swingman Sam Parker had 12 points including two huge threes in the fourth to help the Beavers beat Roseburg on Saturday.

Following Peacock’s free throws, Roseburg’s point guard tried to penetrate the left side of the Beaver defense with a right-to-left crossover. Cheating off his man one pass away from the ball, Parker poked his left hand into the Indian’s breadbasket and popped the basketball free, which Peacock picked up and brought into the frontcourt.

Looking for the perfect shot, Tannler patiently and punctually bounced a backdoor pass to Peacock who flew to the rim and banked home the lay-up to put Beaverton’s lead up to 50-45 with 1:11 left.

“I knew we had to get a big play to start something up,” said Parker of his steal. “I knew my man wasn’t doing much, so I went for the tip. That was important.”

Peacock made two more free throws to make it 52-46, but Roseburg didn’t go away, responding with a three that cut Beaverton’s lead in half with 33 seconds left.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior post Jared Hilbers fights for a loose ball in the third quarter of the Beavers play-in win over Roseburg on Saturday. Hilbers had 12 points.

The Indians tried to press the Beavers and extend them 94 feet, but the cagey Peacock and Tannler broke the defense with two quick passes that left Beaverton in a three-on-two scenario.

Coming down the gut of the Roseburg defense, Tannler looked left toward the Beaver bench and snapped a no-look dish with his left hand to Jared Hilbers who hammered the dagger lay-up, 54-49.

“We just finally buckled down on defense,” said Tannler. “We made sure blocked out to get the rebound, and we were patient on offense to get what we wanted.”

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