The Umatilla boys missed out on a trip to the 3A state tournament after dropping a play-in road game to Sutherlin 59-39 on Friday.
“It was a tough game,” coach Scott Bow said. “We played pretty well for three quarters, but then we made 17 fouls and gave (Sutherlin) 26 free throws to lose the game in the fourth.”
Andrew Earl scored 14 points, and Uriel Garcia had 12 to lead Umatilla (19-8, 6-4 EOL). The Vikings finished the season as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Oregon League, and No. 8 in the 3A division.
“The kids played hard all the way through,” Bow said of his team’s season. “But it wasn’t the greatest way to end on a situation like tonight.”