Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Marist ended Baker’s season Friday with a 52-46 win in the second round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs at BHS.

Baker trailed most of the game before Riley Flanagan’s two free throws gave the Bulldogs a 40-39 edge with 5:08 left in the game.

A free throw by Caden Long with 3:47 left gave Baker its largest lead — two points — at 41-39.

Marist then scored seven straight points to take a 46-41 lead before Kaden Sand drilled a three-pointer to cut the gap to 46-44 with less than a minute left.

Baker was forced to foul, and Marist made six straight free throws, including four by Nick Stice, to hold the Bulldogs at bay.

After scoring the opening basket, Baker trailed by as many as seven points through most of the first three quarters.

Baker briefly regained a 32-31 led with 17 seconds left in the third period on a basket by Dylan Mastrude.

Baker actually made more field goals than Marist — 17 to 16 — but eight of Marist’s baskets were from three-point range.

Sand led Baker with 15 points despite having to sit for extended periods due to foul trouble.

Long added 11 points, nine in the second half. Mason Van Arsdall added eight points and Gabe Gambleton 7.

MARIST (52)

Stice 4 4-4 12, Anderson 1 0-0 3, Cutsforth 2 2-2 7, Morehouse 3 0-0 9, Collins 0 2-2 2, Stephenson 3 0-0 7, Vendetti, Whittaker 3 4-5 12. Totals 16 12-13 52.

BAKER (46) -

Sand 6 0-0 15, Gambleton 3 0-2 7, Flanagan 0 2-2 2, Nelson, Mastrude 1 0-1 2, Schwin 0 1-2 1, Long 4 3-4 11, Smith, Van Arsdall 3 2-2 8. Totals 17 8-13 46.

Marist -12 10 11 19 — 52

Baker - 8 10 14 14 — 46

Three-point baskets — Anderson, Cutsforth, Morehouse 3, Stephenson, Whittaker 2, Sand 3, Gambleton. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Marist 11, Baker 16. Technicals — none.

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