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COVE BOYS UNDEFEATED IN OOL PLAY

COVE — The Cove boys pulled away from the Jordan Valley Mustangs in the second half to come away with a 62-33 Old Oregon League basketball win Friday.

The Leopards (2-0 OOL, 5-2 overall) held the Mustangs to 12 points in the second half.

Cove coach Todd Gorham said the Leopards were patient in the second half and played great defense.

Andy Altenburg had lay-ups off several steals in the fourth quarter. Gorham said Altenburg did a good job putting pressure on Jordan Valley's point guard.

Altenburg finished with 11 points.

Devan Frank had "monster" rebounds and blocks, Gorham said. He said Frank was "intimidating people inside."

Frank led the Leopards with 18 points.

"Everybody got in on the action," Gorham said.

Tom VanNice had eight points, while Chris Taylor hit two 3-pointers for six points.

Former Cove girls' and current Jordan Valley boys' coach Richard Royes said the Leopards are a great team and the Mustangs had to play at their level. Royes said the Mustangs were unable to sustain that level for four quarters.

Royes said he was pleased with the first half. The Mustangs trailed 24-21 at halftime.

Even though the Mustangs cut the lead to five points three times in the third quarter, the Leopards had an answer every time.

The Leopards outscored the Mustangs 25-5 in the fourth.

Cove hosts Prairie City today.

—Raenelle Kwock

Cove 62, Jordan Valley 33

Jordan Valley boys 13 8 7 5 — 33

Cove 10 14 13 25 — 62

Jordan Valley — Drew Elsner 3 1-2 8, Ryan MacKenzie 2 3-4 7, Pat Hipwell 2 3-3 7, Mike Johnson 1 0-0 2, Bryan Grenke 1 1-2 3, Pat Anderson 1 0-4 2, Cody Cline 2 0-0 4, Paul Elsner. Totals: 12 8-15 33.

Cove — Jake Locken 2 0-0 4, Josh Pfel 2 1-1 5, Tanner Marshall 1 1-4 3, Sean Louden 2 1-2 5, David Mills 1 0-0 2, Andy Altenburg 4 3-4 11, Chris Taylor 2 0-0 6, Devan Frank 8 0-2 18, Tom VanNice 4 0-1 8, Raage Sofe. Totals: 26 6-14 62.

Three-pointers — Jordan Valley 1 (D. Elsner); Cove 4 (Taylor 2, Frank 2). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Jordan Valley 17, Cove 12. Technical fouls — None.

La Grande crushes McLoughlin 67-43

MILTON-FREEWATER — The La Grande boys snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating previously unbeaten McLoughlin 67-43 to open Greater Oregon League basketball action Friday.

"The kids were ecstatic," La Grande coach Aaron Mills said. "Everyone played well."

The Pioneers were 9-0 in the preseason. Mills said they are the most talented team he has seen since coaching the Tigers.

"It was a fight for most of the game," Mills said.

Mills said this win was very important for the La Grande boys to get back on track.

"We needed to play well tonight," he said.

Ben Pettit led the way with 17 points for the Tigers.

Aaron Nebeker, who originally decided not to play basketball this season, changed his mind and has rejoined the team. He chipped in 12 points.

The Tigers (1-0 GOL, 3-6 overall) will play a non-league game in Fruitland, Idaho, Jan. 15.

La Grande 67, McLoughlin 43

La Grande boys 13 21 12 21 — 67

McLoughlin 8 17 6 14 — 43

La Grande — Ben Pettit 7 3-3 17, Aaron Nebeker 4 4-4 12, Rick Anderson 4 3-3 11, Shaun Cederholm 3 4-4 10, Kelly Moore 3 3-4 9, Tyler Tucker 1 3-4 6, Christian Siltanen 1 0-0 2, Troy Stebbins, Kevin Bomberger, Jeremy Hamill, Cory Steele, Trent Evins, Jim Townsend. Totals: 23 20-23 67.

McLoughlin — Carlson 5 6-6 16, Millar 3 4-4 11, Hetterley 3 0-2 6, Wortsch 2 1-2 5, Fleming 2 0-0 5, Kinney 1 0-0 2, Brown, Farley. Totals: 15 11-12 43.

Three-pointers — La Grande 1 (Tucker); McLoughlin 2 (Millar, Fleming). Fouled out — Brown, Carlson, Farley. Total fouls — La Grande 17, McLoughlin 22. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — La Grande 47, McLoughlin 43 (OT)

Williamson's 28 points, 10 blocks lead Union

UNION — The Union basketball boys got off to a fast start and survived eight Bo Thunell 3-pointers to beat Wapiti League power Grant Union 70-55 Friday.

Coach James Freitag described it as a "huge" win for the Bobcats (1-2 in league, 2-7 overall).

Thunell scored 28 for the Prospectors, but Union's 6-foot-7 Ben Williamson matched him, scoring 28 of his own, mostly inside. Williamson also had 10 blocks.

"They didn't have an answer for him (Williamson)," said coach James Freitag. "In fact, everybody stepped up and played hard the whole night."

Union had a lead of 51-35 after three quarters and had held Thunell in check. He hit five of his eight treys in the fourth quarter, when the game was for the most part out of reach. Some of those shots came from beyond NBA 3-point range, but Thunell didn't get a lot of scoring help.

"He was all they had in the second half," Freitag said.

Rudy Turner added 16 points for Union. Freitag said Turner had a great game, having to take over at the point position after Kasey Towne went out with back spasms.

The Bobcats also had an excellent game from the free-throw line, shooting 79 percent (15-for-19).

Union will face another hot outside shooter today in Imbler's Tanner McIntosh, who also hit eight 3-pointers Friday night. That game is in Imbler.

Union 70, Grant Union 55

Grant Union 8 18 9 20 — 55

Union boys 17 19 15 19 — 70

Grant Union — Thunell 9 2-3 28, Carpenter 2 1-2 5, Kowing 3 2-2 8, Rose 2 0-0 4, Page 4 2-2 10, Moore, Eddy, McClure, Rollins. Totals: 20 7-9 55.

Union — Chris Nay 1 0-0 2, Josh Smith 1 0-0 2, Jim Garwood 2 2-2 6, Rudy Turner 5 5-6 16, Gavin Carmen 1 4-5 6, Joe Craig 3 2-2 8, Tyrel Langford 1 0-0 2, Ben Williamson 13 2-4 28, Gavin Watson, Kasey Towne, Shane Williams, Kaleb Thurston, Reece Christensen. Totals: 27 15-19 70.

Three-pointers — GU 8 (Thunell 8); Union 1 (Rudy Turner). Fouled out — Visitor, none; Home, none. Rebound leader —none. None. Technical fouls — GU team technical.

JV score — Grant Union 51, Union 36.

Wallowa boys manhandle Powder Valley

WALLOWA — The Wallowa basketball boys won their first Old Oregon League game of the year, easily handling a Powder Valley squad that came in to Wallowa undefeated in league.

Wallowa won 53-32 behind 11 points and 15 rebounds by Ryan Harshfield. Dustin Byers also scored 16, while Patrick Green scored 12.

"You gotta hold your home court. We came out ready to play. We took it to them," said Wallowa coach Gerry McLain.

Powder Valley (2-1 in OOL, 6-5 overall) was led by Todd Baxter's eight points.

Wallowa makes a long road trip to Crane today, while Powder Valley hosts Jordan Valley for their first home game of the year.

Wallowa 53, Powder Valley 32

Powder Valley 5 6 6 15 — 32

Wallowa boys 15 11 14 13 — 53

Powder Valley — Justus Gray 2 0-0 6, Deven Thompson 2 0-0 6, Bryson Allen 1 0-0 3, Todd Baxter 3 1-2 8, Kaycee Shroyer 2 1-3 5, cody Taylor 1 0-0 2, Arden Perkins 1 0-0 2, Kevin Hopson, Riley Whiteman, Thomas Weems, Rylie Wendt. Totals: 12 2-7 32.

Wallowa — Adam Evans 3 0-2 7, Patrick Green 5 1-4 12, Ryan Harshfield 4 1-3 11, Kaleb Oveson 1 0-0 3, Caleb Pringle 0 1-2 1, Geoff Long 0 3-6, Dustin Byers 6 4-6 16, Luke Survis, Jake Redfield, Jeremy McCulloch, Kianoa Delatori. Totals: 19 10-25 53.

Three-pointers — Powder Valley 6 (Gray 2, Thompson 2, Allen, Baxter); Wallowa 5 (Harshfield 2, Evans, Green, Oveson). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Powder Valley 18, Wallowa 14. Technical fouls — none.

JV score — Wallowa 49, Powder Valley 39.

McIntosh hits eight treys in Imbler win

ENTERPRISE — Imbler's Tanner McIntosh went nuts from long range and got a lot of help from his teammates as the Panthers basketball squad cruised to a 76-39 over Enterprise Friday.

McIntosh, who is averaging 21.1 points a game, hit eight 3-pointers and scored 27 points, while Travis Hoskins scored 15, John McKinnis 10 and Trevor Crow nine.

Enterprise was led by Craig Swart, who scored 11, all in the second half, and Tony Swart and Zach Gassett's 10 points apiece.

Enterprise coach Duff Pace said his team gave up 14 offensive boards to the Panthers.

"They're a tremendous team. We did our best to keep it a low-tempo game. We had some lapses and they capitalized on our mistakes," he said.

Enterprise (0-3 in Wapiti League, 2-9 overall) travels to John Day today to take on Grant Union, while Imbler (3-0 in league, 10-1 overall) hosts Union.

Imbler 76, Enterprise 39

Imbler 18 22 16 20 — 76

Enterprise boys 10 12 15 2 — 39

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 2 0-0 5, Travis Hoskins 7 1-3 15, Trevor Crow 3 2-4 9, John McKinnis 4 2-5 10, Tanner McIntosh 9 1-1 27, Cody Campbell 1 0-0 2, Mitch Myers 1 0-0 2, Denny Cline 2 0-0 4, Jayce Hewitt 1 0-0 2, Olan Fulfer, Benji Davidson, Joe Harder, Max Nilsson. Totals: 30 6-13 76.

Enterprise — Tony Swart 4 2-4 10, Andy Marcum 0 2-2 2, Zach Gassett 3 2-2 10, Clay Freels 1 2-2 4, Craig Swart 5 01- 11, Brinn Jones 1 0-0 2, Jake Thompson, Kyle Bollman, Jake VanderZanden, Tim Horrocks, Kyle Stookey, Cole Phinney.

Three-pointers — Imbler 10 (McIntosh 8, Crow, O'Donald); Enterprise 3 (Gassett 2, Craig Swart). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Imbler 16, Enterprise 13. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Imbler def. Enterprise

Joseph boys swarm all over Pine-Eagle

JOSEPH — The Joseph basketball boys got back on the winning track, taking off to a fast start and cruising to a 75-47 win over Pine-Eagle Friday.

Joseph scored 43 points in the first half and had four players in double figures. Cole Lathrop led the team with 16 points, while Kyle Hook and Corey Otten each scored 12.

Joseph (2-1 in Wapiti League, 8-2 overall) goes on the road today to play Nyssa.

Joseph 75, Pine-Eagle 47

Pine-Eagle 16 14 9 8 — 47

Joseph boys 23 20 18 14 — 75

Pine-Eagle — Casche 0 2-4 2, Wickem 1 0-0 3, Kaesemeyer 10 1-1 24, Marks 2 0-0 4, Kehm 3 0-0 7, Lower 3 1-1 7, Traw. Totals: 19 4-7 47.

Joseph — Corey Otten 5 2-2 12, Andy Hayes 3 4-4 10, Lane Bailey 1 0-0 2, Chad Dodson 2 0-0 5, Kyle Hook 4 2-2 12, Cole Lathrop 8 0-3 16, Tristan Patton 4 0-0 8, Joe Dawson 2 0-0 4, Malte Sievers 2 0-0 4, Derrek Layton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32 8-11 75.

Three-pointers — Pine-Eagle 5 (Kaesemeyer 3, Kehm, Wickem); Joseph 3 (Hook 2, Dodson). Fouled out — Kaesemeyer. Total fouls — Pine-Eagle 13, Joseph 15. Technical fouls — none.

JV result (Half game) — Joseph def. Pine-Eagle.

Nyssa crashes the boards and nips Elgin in the fourth

ELGIN — The Nyssa Bulldogs came from behind to nip the Elgin basketball boys Friday, handing the Huskies their first Wapiti League loss of the year.

Elgin (2-1 in league, 7-2 overall) held a 48-47 lead after three quarters, but Nyssa outscored Elgin 16-11 in the fourth to come away with a 63-59 win.

Elgin coach Kyle Evans said the Huskies simply gave Nyssa too many opportunities.

"They got way too many offensive rebounds. There's no excuse for that. We gave them too many second chances," Evans said.

Elgin was led by Brandon Evans' 18 points, followed by Ricky Foster's 12 and J.T. Keating's 10.

Elgin looks to get back on the winning track today with a home game against Pine-Eagle.

Nyssa 63, Elgin 59

Nyssa 16 14 17 16 — 63

Elgin boys 10 22 16 11 — 59

Nyssa — Whitmore 9 2-5 20, Holliday 4 5-5 16, Fuentes 3 2-2 8, Parra 1 0-0 2, Waldo 5 0-0 10, Holcomb 1 0-0 2, Escobedo 2 1-2 5. Totals: 25 10-14 63.

Elgin — Ricky Foster 5 2-5 12, Codi Burgess 2 2-2 6, Skyler Payne 0 4-6 4, Brandon Evans 7 3-6 18, Charlie Schumacher 4 0-1 9, J.T. Keating 4 0-0 10. Totals: 22 11-20 59.

Three-pointers — Nyssa 3 (Holliday 3); Elgin 4 (Keating 2, Schumacher, Evans). Fouled out — Foster, Waldo. Total fouls — Nyssa 21, Elgin 17. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Nyssa def. Elgin.

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