Ryan Hague, basketball

Seaside’s Ryan Hague goes up and over Ben Morehouse of Marist for two points.

The Marist boys basketball team accomplished one of the toughest tasks in Oregon high school sports Friday night — the Spartans defeated Seaside on the Gulls’ home floor.

Despite the No. 2 ranking for Marist, when you beat a team that’s won its last 27 games at home and hasn’t lost on its home floor in over two years (and 43-1 over the last four years) — it’s considered an upset.

Seaside held a brief lead in the first quarter, before the Spartans grabbed a 12-11 advantage late in the quarter and never gave it up in a 63-54 win over the No. 3-ranked Gulls.

Marist overcame foul trouble and a big disadvantage at the free throw line, where Seaside finished 17-of-24. The Spartans were just 2-for-5 until the final two minutes of the game, when the Gulls were forced to foul.

Six-foot-4 forward Ben Morehouse scored 20 points to lead Marist, while 6-4 Luke Eagen added 18 and 6-2 Alec Vendetti scored 16 before fouling out. All three players are juniors.

Seaside senior Ryan Hague poured in a game-high 23 points and Beau Johnson added 14, including a 3-pointer and a layup early in the third quarter that helped the Gulls rally from a 30-23 deficit to tie the game at 33-33.

From there, the Spartans finished the quarter with a 15-4 run.

A barrage of 3-point baskets by Morehouse and Eagen helped Marist build a 56-47 lead midway through the fourth, and the Spartans made just enough free throws in the final 2:27 to hold off Seaside, which had not lost at home since Dec. 16, 2017.

A bright spot for the Gulls — in the junior varsity game, Seaside rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to defeat Marist in overtime.

Cash Corder hit a long 3-pointer with one second left in regulation to tie the game.

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