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Unionís Kenneth Sipp shoots over the top of a defender during a 47-43 win Tuesday night. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
UNION — The Union boys basketball team grabbed a better hold on its second-place standing in the Blue Mountain Conference standings Tuesday night.
After grabbing a 40-29 lead through three quarters, the Bobcats held on to win the game 47-43 against Weston-McEwen.
Ty Coon converted 3-of-4 free throw attempts in the final 38 seconds to seal the win. The senior finished the game with 13 points.
Lance Thacker hit a 3-point shot with 16.6 second left, pulling Weston-McEwen to within two points, 45-43, when Coon connected on his final two trips to the line.
Union turned the ball over time and time again late in the game, despite the urging of head coach Brett Dunten to slow the game.
“They got a little excited out there,” Dunten said. “We’re still learning how to close games, but it was nice to see we figured out how to open one.”
Union jumped out quickly, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Coon in the first quarter, taking a 16-6 lead.
Chase Houck supplied the offense in the second quarter, scoring all seven of his points before the end of the half. He finished the game with nine points.
Elgin buries Outlaws
ENTERPRISE — The Elgin boys basketball team kept its slim playoff hopes alive behind big nights by Jake Burgess and Gavin Christensen.
The Huskies turned on the offense in the final three quarters to pull away with a 72-33 win against Enterprise Tuesday night, improving to 4-8 in Blue Mountain Conference play. Elgin sits three games behind Heppner for the fifth seed into the postseason conference tournament with four games left to play.
Burgess had a monster night with a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds. Christensen connected on five 3-pointers, and finished the game with 21 points.
The Huskies outscored Enterprise 45-13 in the final two quarters of play.
“We wanted to start the game with more intensity,” Huskies head coach Casey Hallgarth said. “The defense really stepped up tonight. We wanted to limit Enterprise in the post, and we were able to do that.”
The Outlaws (5-13 overall, 2-11 BMC) were led by Kayden Lathrop’s 10 points. Damon Greenshields finished with eight points.
Elgin (6-13 overall, 4-8 BMC) will host Union at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Enterprise will travel to Union for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff Saturday.