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COVE CHARGES BACK IN OVERTIME

MOVING AROUND: Union's Tanner Johnson (23) tries to find an opening around Cove's Josh Pfel (12) in Saturday's non-league game. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
MOVING AROUND: Union's Tanner Johnson (23) tries to find an opening around Cove's Josh Pfel (12) in Saturday's non-league game. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

COVE — The Cove boys refused to back down from the Union Bobcats in their come-from-behind non-league 46-43 overtime basketball win Saturday.

"It was our speed versus their height," Cove coach Todd Gorham said.

The Bobcats' Ben Williamson is 6-foot-7, and Jeremy Shankel is 6-foot-6. They combined for 22 points, but it was not enough to pull out the victory.

"I'm proud of how the team battled back," Gorham said. "Finally, we hit shots."

The Leopards (3-4) overcame a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and outscored the Bobcats 15-8 in overtime. Josh Pfel's three-pointer off an assist from John Pfel with 3:02 left in the extra period gave the Leopards a 38-37 lead.

Shankel answered with a jumper to put the Bobcats on top one last time 39-38 with 2:30 remaining.

Devon Frank's turnaround bucket gave the lead back to the Leopards for good at 40-39 with 1:47.

On the Bobcats' next possession, Shankel was called for an offensive foul with 1:37 left. Then, John Pfel powered his way into the paint for a Leopard bucket and a 42-39 lead with 1:29 left.

Tanner Johnson's two free throws sliced the Leopards' lead to 42-41 with 1:22 left.

John Pfel answered, again muscling his way inside for a goal to give the Leopards a 44-41 cushion with 1:05 left.

Shankel converted two more free throws with 43 seconds left to bring the Bobcats closer at 44-43.

The Bobcats waited until seven seconds remaining in overtime to foul Frank and sent him to the free-throw line, where he hit both ends of a one-and-one for the final score of 46-43.

The Bobcats lost a 32-26 fourth-quarter lead. Josh Pfel's three-pointer from the top of the key knotted the game at 35-35 with 1:52 left in regulation.

Jim Garwood of the Bobcats and Josh Pfel of the Leopards each missed front ends of one-and ones, forcing overtime.

The Bobcats need to "go home and find that hunger," Union coach James Freitag said afterward.

He said he thought the Bobcats had control in the second half. However, Freitag said, the Bobcats missed 10 out of 29 shots within eight feet of the rim.

Shankel led the Bobcats (2-4) with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Williamson had eight points and eight rebounds. Tanner Johnson had 13 points and five rebounds.

Devon Frank was the top scorer for the Leopards with 16.

The Bobcats host Riverside today. The Leopards open up Old Oregon League action Friday at home against Adrian.

Union boys 6 15 7 7 8 — 43

Cove 8 9 7 11 15 — 46

Union — Tanner Johnson 4 5-6 13, Jim Garwood 2 0-1 4, Jeremy Shankel 5 3-4 14, Jared Baxter 2 0-3 4, Ben Williamson 4 0-2 8, John Dodds, Josh Smith, Gavin Watson. Totals: 17 8-16 46.

Cove — Justin Marler 2 3-4 7, Josh Pfel 3 0-1 8, Tanner Marshall 2 0-2 4, Chris Taylor 1 0-2 3, Devon Frank 6 4-6 16, John Pfel 4 0-0 8, Jason Hagey, Andy Altenburg. Totals: 18 7-15 46.

Three-pointers — Union 1 (Shankel); Cove 3 (Josh Pfel 2, Taylor). Rebound leader — Shankel 13. Fouled out — Josh Pfel. Total fouls — Union 16, Cove 18. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Cove 52, Union 43

IMBLER BOYS PREVAIL OVER JOSEPH AGAIN

WALLOWA — The Imbler boys pulled out a 73-61 win over the Joseph Eagles at the Wallowa Lions Basketball Tournament Saturday.

"We just kind of held on and won," Imbler coach Ken Kramer said.

The Eagles were slowed by foul trouble and an injury to two of their best players.

Cole Lathrop got in foul trouble in the first three minutes of the game and ended with nine points.

Eric Butterfield severely sprained his ankle when he stepped on an opponents' foot going to the basket early in the third quarter and sat out the rest of game. He had two points.

Joseph coach Ron Lathrop said Butterfield will get X-rays today and is questionable for Thursday's game against Umatilla.

The Panthers got a spurt in the fourth quarter by scoring eight straight points, and it stayed that way the whole game, he said.

Colin Culbreth led the Panthers with 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Tanner McIntosh and Ethan Davis each had 14 points apiece. McIntosh had seven rebounds. Davis had seven assists.

Corey Otten had 15 points for the Eagles. Tristan Patton and Dustin Gibbs each had 14.

The Panthers (7-0) host Pilot Rock Friday. The Eagles (4-5) host Umatilla Thursday.

Joseph boys 13 13 19 16 — 61

Imbler 15 11 25 22 — 73

Joseph — Corey Otten 5 5-6 15, Tristan Patton 6 2-3 14, Jake Layton 2 3-7 7, Dustin Gibbs 6 1-2 14, Eric Butterfield 1 0-0 2, Cole Lathrop 3 3-6 9, Andy Hayes. Totals: 23 14-24 61.

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 2 1-2 5, Travis Hoskins 3 1-2 7, Trevor Crow 0 2-4 2, Ethan Davis 4 4-6 14, Tanner McIntosh 4 5-6 14, Bryan Davidson 0 3-5 3, Colin Culbreth 8 6-10 22, Troy Hoskins 3 0-0 6, Cody Campbell, Olan Fulfur, John McKinnis, Jayce Hewitt. Totals: 24 22-35 73.

Three-pointers — Joseph 1 (Gibbs); Imbler 3 (Davis 2, McIntosh). Rebound leader — Culbreth 9. Fouled out — Lathrop, Troy Hoskins. Total fouls — Joseph 23, Imbler 19. Technical fouls — None.

ELGIN BOYS STIFLE NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN

ECHO — The Elgin basketball boys gave up just 12 first-half points, then held on late for a 40-35 win Saturday over New Hope Christian at the conclusion of the Echo Tournament.

The Huskies (3-5) got 14 points from Josh Hamill and eight from Charlie Schumacher. Elgin built up a lead of 35-20 after three quarters. New Hope Christian scored 15 in the fourth against the Huskies' reserves.

Elgin coach Kyle Evans said the Huskies made a few too many turnovers, "but our defense really stepped it up. They did a good job."

Elgin gets a break for two weeks and begins league play Jan. 10 against Enterprise.

Elgin boys 13 10 12 5 — 40

New Hope Chr. 4 8 8 15 — 35

Elgin — Cotty Horn 1 0-0 2, A.J. Hanson 1 1-2 3, Jeremy Hamill 2 0-0 5, Nick Southard 3 0-0 6, Josh Hamill 6 2-3 14, Skyler Payne 1 0-0 2, Charlie Schumacher 4 0-0 8.

New Hope Christian — Heater 1 0-0 2, Fudge 1 0-0 2, Ward 4 0-0 8, Bowdoin 4 0-0 9, Wallau 1 0-0 2, Wilkinson 4 0-2 11, Zietlow 0 1-4 1.

Three pointers — Elgin 1 (Jeremy Hamill); NWC 4 (Wilkinson 3, Bowdoin). Fouled out —none. Total fouls — Elgin 8, NWC 9.

ENTERPRISE BOUNCES BACK FOR 53-40 WIN

PENDLETON — The turnaround was evident in Enterprise's 53-40 victory over Santiam at the Oregon Trail Classic Saturday.

"We had a little more intensity that was lacking in the last few games," Enterprise coach Duff Pace said.

He said the Enterprise boys were complacent Friday and did not attack the basket.

Condon took advantage of that and defeated Enterprise 51-31.

Against Santiam, Enterprise not only hit shots but was rewarded with more free throw opportunities.

Enterprise shot 11-for-14 in the fourth quarter. Grady Rawls was 6-for-6.

Pace said sophomore Andy Marcum did a good job running the offense and showed poise.

Clay Freels had nine rebounds.

"He did a fine job in there for us," Pace said.

Rawls was the top scorer with 18.

Enterprise (4-4) begins Wapiti League play at Elgin Jan. 10.

Enterprise boys 8 17 15 13 — 53

Santiam 8 13 3 16 — 40

Enterprise — Tony Swart 3 1-2 7, Andy Marcum 1 1-2 3, Kevin Gomes 0 3-4 3, Grady Rawls 6 6-6 18, Clay Freels 2 2-2 6, Tim Gilbert 5 4-8 14, Kelsey Lukens 1 0-0 2, Zach Gassett, Craig Swart, Brandon Kiser. Totals: 18 17-24 53.

Santiam — Moberg 4 2-2 14, Childress 6 3-6 15, Welch 1 0-0 2, Downey 0 1-2 1, Morris 4 0-2 8, Sell, Prindel, Guzman. Totals: 15 6-12 40.

Three-pointers — Enterprise, none; Santiam 4 (Moberg 4). Rebound leader — Freels 9. Fouled out — Moberg. Total fouls — Enterprise 14, Santiam 20. Technical fouls — None.

WALLOWA STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY IN LOSS

WALLOWA — The Wallowa Cougars shot 28 percent from the floor in a 76-43 loss to the Weston-McEwen boys in the Wallowa Lions Basketball Tournament Saturday.

"We had good shots, we just can't make them," Wallowa coach Gerry McLain said.

Weston-McEwen is a tall team that scored most of its points off putbacks, he said.

McLain said two Cougars have varsity experience and the rest of the team is young.

"We're getting beat up," he said.

Randy Spaur led the Cougars with 15 points.

The Cougars (1-6) travel to face the Baker JV team today.

Weston-McEwen 16 16 27 17 — 76

Wallowa boys 8 11 15 9 — 43

Weston-McEwen — Alec Sheard 3 0-0 6, Dan Tucker 0 1-2 1, T.J. Parrish 9 2-2 23, Epi Brito 1 1-2 3, Eric Delph 3 6-6 12, Beau Amundson 0 0-2 0, Jimmy King 5 1-2 11, Zach Johnson 8 2-3 18, Dusty Minthorn 1 0-0 2, Monty Davis, Riley Allen. Totals: 30 13-19 76.

Wallowa — Wes Walker 0 1-3 1, Ryan Harshfield 3 0-0 6, Caleb Pringle 1 0-0 2, Jeff Kendall 2 3-4 8, Randy Spaur 7 1-2 15, Kyle McDaniel 3 0-0 8, Andrew Long 0 3-9 3, Chris Williams, Dustin Byers. Totals: 16 8-18 43.

Three-pointers — Weston-McEwen 3 (Parrish 3); Wallowa 3 (Kendall, McDaniel 2). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Weston-McEwen 16, Wallowa 14. Technical fouls — None.

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