BAKER CITY — The run-and-gun offense is exciting to watch. It led the Ione boys basketball team to a 20-6 overall record. But, the Cardinals ran into a team that can run-and-gun a little better.
Powder Valley’s Jason Benites (31) goes up for a block during a 92-66 win against Ione Thursday in Baker City.
Ione and Powder Valley combined to shoot 156 shots during an OSAA Class 1A state tournament opening round game Thursday. The Badgers made more during a 92-66 win, advancing to the semifinals in Baker City.
Powder Valley senior Quin Stephens took the game into overdrive in the second quarter. He scored 12 of his game-high 34 points in the quarter. The Badgers turned a 16-15 lead after one quarter into a 17-point lead at the half, 43-26.
The Cardinals were held without a basket in the final 5:16 in the first half. Foul trouble contributed to the stagnant offense. Luke Jobes was called for his third foul in the first half with 3:03 left in the second quarter.
Jobes was the driving force of the offense, finishing with 18 points.
Stephens played a role in what would be the biggest difference in the game — the effort on the glass. He did his part, grabbing 12 rebounds. As a team, the Badgers finished the game with 68 total rebounds, while Ione finished with 40. Powder Valley got numerous second chances with 32 offensive rebounds, but only turned those extra possessions into 25 points.
Powder Valley pushed the lead out to 29 points with a pair of Stephens’ free throws with 1:48 left in the third quarter and never looked back.
Bailey Haguewood finished with a double double, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds. He finished with 12 points in the second half.
Powder Valley’s Marcus Pratt finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tyler Robinson added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Badgers will play Columbia Christian in the semifinals at 8:15 p.m. tonight.
Ione will play Jordan Valley in a loser-out game. The Mustangs fell to Columbia Christian 97-39. Tipoff is set for 10:45 a.m. today.
BAKER CITY — Horizon Christian is the No. 1 team state according to the OSAA state rankings, and the Hawks flexed their muscle in the opening round of the Class 1A state basketball tournament Thursday.
Horizon Christian simple executed the fundamentals during a 67-47 win against No. 9 Imbler in Baker City.
The Hawks outrebounded Imbler 21-8 in the first half, including 9-1 on the offensive glass building a 37-22 lead. Those nine extra possessions turned into 15 points.
Imbler senior Kyle Johnson finished the opening half with eight points, while shooting 3-of-4 from the field.
But while the battle on the glass continued to go the way of the Hawks, Johnson stopped shooting the ball.
Johnson took just one shot in the second half.
Horizon Christian won the battle on the boards 41-18.
Led by Mason Bloomster and Matt Totaro, Horizon Christian put the game away in the paint. The two posts helped the Hawks turn a 18-7 halftime lead into a 45-24 lead early in the third quarter. Bloomster scored 14 straight points beginning midway through the second quarter and stretching into the third quarter, while Totaro scored 10 points during the run. Bloomster finished with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Totaro added 16 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Hawks had a 32-6 advantage in the paint.
Imbler was led by Trace Vancleave with 18 points and five rebounds. Joe Griffin and Eli Bowers each scored 10 points.
Imbler will play Jordan Valley at 9 a.m. in the consolation bracket. The Mustangs lost to Crosshill Christian 64-47 Thursday.
Wyatt Troutman finished the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lee Stanford added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Panthers took the same route last year to finish fourth at the state tournament.