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Powder Valley’s Colton Eubanks drives to the basket Saturday while Umatilla’s Aaron Simmons tries to stop him. Powder Valley won by a 72-38 margin. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
NORTH POWDER — Umatilla found itself in the middle of a blizzard Saturday.
It was a relentless Badger blizzard of scoring that buried the visiting Vikings in North Powder, 72-38.
The blizzard started early inside the gym,when the Badgers turned a 6-all tie into an 18-8 lead in the space of just three minutes.
It took a last-second basket by Umatilla’s Nick Snyder to close the gap to 18-10 by the end of the quarter.
The scoring surge continued in the second quarter as the Badgers moved out to a 30-19 lead. The Vikings closed the gap barely to 30-21 by halftime.
The storm didn’t let up in the third quarter as the Badgers rolled up 22 points to eight for the Vikings.
Ahead 52-28, the continuous substituting paid off in the final quarter for Powder Valley as the never let the Vikings rally back into the game.
For Powder Valley coach Kyle Dixon, the win was a welcome change after the team had struggled all week with sickness and the flu. “I think we only had one good practice all week,” he said after the game.
Dixon substituted often to keep his players fresh and that just kept the scoring floodgates open — and flooding the Vikings.
Marcus Pratt led the undefeated Badgers in scoring with 13 points, while both Tyler Robinson and Brock Jones added 12 each as all of the team scored in the one-sided win. Fernando Jimenez put in eight points, while Quin Stephens finished with seven points. Chace Dixon and Noe Benites each added five points. Jason Benites and Santiago Ochoa both finished with three points apiece.
The Badgers finished the game with a 24-14 edge in two-point baskets, a six to one margin in three-pointers and even outscored the Vikings at the free throw line (eight to seven).
The Vikings were led in scoring by Nick Snyder and Joel Dominguez, both with eight points. Bryce Kennedy finished with seven, while both David Bernal and Martin Rubio each added five points. Alex Contreras scored four points, and Aaron Simmons had one free throw.
The loss kept the Vikings winless and taking an 0-5 record home through a blizzard Saturday night. Umatilla will try to get into the win column for the first time this season Thursday when it hosts non-league rival Stanfield.
Powder Valley (5-0) will be hosting Nyssa Friday. The Bulldogs are 1-4 and have only beaten Prairie City — the Badgers’ opponent Saturday.