Powder Valley falls in third-place game
BAKER CITY — Crosshill Christian rallied midway through the fourth quarter Saturday to defeat Powder Valley 60-54 in the Class 1A state boys basketball third-place game at Baker High School.
Leading 47-45 with 4:11 left in the game, the Eagles went on an 11-1 run during the next two minutes to pull away.
Matthew Gille led the way with seven points during that stretch.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the game that saw five ties and 10 lead changes.
Powder Valley led 13-12 after one period only to have Crosshill Christian take a 24-21 halftime advantage.
Crosshill Christian increased its lead to 31-25 midway through the third quarter before Powder Valley made another run.
Led by four points from Quin Stephens the Badgers went on a 10-2 run to take a 35-33 lead with 3:06 left in the quarter.
Crosshill Christian quickly answered with a 6-0 spurt, all by Gille, to regain the lead for good at 39-35.
The Eagles led 40-38 entering the fourth quarter.
Trailing 47-40, five straight points by Powder’s Marcus Pratt cut the deficit to 47-45. But that was as close as the Badgers would get.
Gille led Crosshill Christian with 25 points. Ryan Dejager added 12 and Ethan Talmage 11. Dalton Cubit grabbed 17 rebounds.
Pratt topped Powder Valley with 17 points. Seth Dixon added 10. Tyler Robinson grabbed 15 rebounds.
Panthers fall to sixth
BAKER CITY — There just wasn’t enough time for the Imbler boys basketball team to complete an amazing comeback against Ione in the fourth-place game at the Class 1A state championships Saturday.
The Panthers were eyeing a second straight fourth-place finish after beating Columbia Christian last season in the same game. Imbler built a huge halftime deficit and couldn’t dig out fast enough against Ione, falling 56-51.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 32-18 halftime lead. Sophomore post Trace Vancleave did all he could to keep Imbler close, scoring 10 points and adding seven rebounds in the first half. Vancleave shot 4-of-9 from the field in the opening half, but the rest of the team just managed to shoot 3-of-23, including 1-of-11 from behind the arc.
Imbler trailed by 10 points, 54-44 with 2:24 left in the game. But, a 7-0 run, capped by an Eli Bowers 3-pointer with 15 second left brought Panthers back within three points, 54-51. Imbler wouldn’t take another shot the rest of the game, and the Cardinals final basket came at the buzzer.
Bowers went 3-of-6 from behind the arc in the second half, and scored 13 points in the final two quarters. He finished with 16 points.
Vancleave led the Panthers with 17 point and eight rebounds. Senior Kyle Johnson finished the night with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Bailey Haguewood led Ione with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Dalton Huges finished with 11 points, while Luke Jobes added 10 points.