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Elginís D.J. Lizotte had a game-high 27 points in the Huskiesí win over Umatilla Saturday. CHRIS BAXTER - The Observer
ELGIN — After starting the season with a runaway victory over Helix last week, the Elgin boys basketball team had to settle for a split this weekend.
The Huskies fell to visiting Dayton (Washington) 51-24 Friday night, but salvaged the weekend with a 56-50 victory at Umatilla Saturday.
Against the Bulldogs Friday, Elgin struggled against a savvy defensive team.
The Huskies managed to shoot just eight for 25 from the field in the loss.
“I think the kids were expecting something else,” coach Casey Hallgarth said.
“We just weren’t aggressive. It was like there was a lid on the basket, but they weren’t giving us shots, either.”
Elgin trailed 12-3 after the first quarter and 24-11 at halftime.
Dayton put it away by outscoring EHS 19-5 in the third quarter.
D.J. Lizotte scored seven points, while Steven Flippo, Curtis Little, Stephen Howes and Carson Reid all had three.
But the Huskies bounced back Saturday against Umatilla.
Elgin led 14-13 after the first quarter and took a 34-24 lead into halftime.
That buffer proved to be important as the Vikings chipped away and hung around, but in the end they didn’t have enough to overtake Elgin.
Lizotte had a huge game, finishing with 27 points, including connecting on five three-pointers.
Howes had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Reid scored seven.
Little finished with six points and eight boards.
“We talked about being tough. If you get pushed, push back,” Hallgarth said.
“I thought the kids had great character. They got their tails whipped the night before, but to bounce back like that was nice to see.”
Elgin will compete in the Enterprise Winter Classic starting Friday.