PREPS: Parkrose run ends with third-place trophy
CORVALLIS -- Parkrose's Isaac Bonton scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half, pacing the Broncos to a 76-69 victory over La Salle Prep in Friday's Oregon School Activities Association Class 5A boys basketball third-place game at Gill Coliseum.
NaShawn Penney added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos (14-13), who bounced back from Thursday's semifinal loss to Churchill and finished the season on a high note against their Northwest Oregon Conference rivals.
"It was a great game, and it's always good to end the season on a win," Bonton said. "It's been a long season, and we've dealt with a lot of adversity over the last three years, but we made history this year.
"Today we just had fun. We know that this is our last game suiting up together, and we're brothers, so we just wanted to come out and finish this last one on a win."
La Salle, still reeling from Thursday's 49-47 semifinal loss to top-ranked Wilsonville, fell behind 28-18 midway through the second quarter and chased the Broncos for the remainder.
The Falcons (19-7) got the deficit down to two points three times in the third quarter, and they were within three points four times in the fourth, but came up empty each time they had a chance to either pull even or take the lead in the second half.
"We came out flat and didn't have a lot of energy to start the game," La Salle Prep coach Sean Christensen said. "It took until halftime for the guys to get going a little bit, and we just came up a little short.
"Our goal this season was to be playing on the last day with a chance to win a game on the last day. We put ourselves in that position, and they worked hard for that. Obviously, they're disappointed, but that's high school basketball, right there."
Jonah Pemberton led La Salle with 29 points, three rebounds and nine assists, and Jason Burns and Stew Robertson added 14 points each for the Falcons, who shot 47.3 percent (26 for 55) from the field to Parkrose's 41.8 percent (23 for 55).
The Broncos won at the free-throw line, making 13 of 14 foul shots in the fourth quarter and 23 of 26 for the game. La Salle made 12 of 17 free throws.
La Salle graduates nine seniors -- Matthew Berger, Matt Duarte, Nick Parise, Christian Reyes, Joel Simmons, Ange Toku, Burns, Pemberton and Robertson -- putting Christensen in a position to do some rebuilding in what will be his second season with the Falcons.
"I can't wait to be with the guys that we have coming up," Christensen said. "We'll reload just like everybody else.
"I wish I could have had a couple more years with these guys, but … they picked up a lot. We played good, and it was a good group of kids. It's one of my favorite groups I've ever had."