La Grande’s John Bodfish goes up for two of his 13 points Tuesday against McLoughlin. CASEY KELLAS/The Observer
by CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
The La Grande boys basketball team still has hopes for the postseason after a 61-47 victory over McLoughlin Tuesday.
The Tigers are 8-15 overall and 4-4 in the Greater Oregon League. With Ontario’s overtime victory (54-48) over Baker Tuesday night, OHS is now 14-9 overall and 4-4 in the GOL with Friday’s game against La Grande looming. The winner of that game will earn the GOL’s second seed.
But Tuesday the Tigers were focused on honoring their seniors with a win.
“It’s senior night, I just told the kids to go out and have fun,” LHS head coach Mark Carollo said. “We were a little lackadaisical at times, but I was happy with the effort. That’s a big one for us.”
The Tigers honored their four seniors prior to the game. The first quarter started out back and forth, with a couple of Tyson Wicklander free throws with 2.7 seconds left giving LHS a 9-8 lead after eight minutes.
But the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to start the second quarter before McLoughlin ended the run with a 3-pointer at the 4:26 mark. La Grande outscored the Pioneers 23-5 in the second period to take a 32-13 lead into halftime.
“We were a little more aggressive,” Carollo said of the second-quarter run. “Knocking down some shots helped.”
La Grande stayed in control throughout the third, taking a 44-27 lead into the fourth quarter. That’s when McLoughlin started to make it interesting.
Behind a barrage of 3-pointers, the Pioneers cut the score to 52-42 with three minutes left in regulation. But a deep 3-pointer by Troy Williams with 2:01 on the clock stretched the LHS lead to 55-42, followed by a Brandon Dall lay-in to make it 57-42 and the Tigers ended all hopes of a comeback.
Wicklander and Bodfish led LHS with 13 points each, while Williams added nine. Kaleb White and Trenton Powers chipped in six each, and Dall had five.
Saul Ortiz and Carlos Angel had 13 points each for McLoughlin.
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