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IMBLER BOYS HOLD OFF JOSEPH IN WAPITI OPENER

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

IMBLER — Imbler's Colin Culbreth and Tanner McIntosh provided the offense, while the Panthers' defense frustrated the defending Wapiti League champion Joseph Friday.

The Panthers (9-1 overall, 1-0 league) opened up league basketball play with a 68-55 victory over the Eagles (4-7, 0-1).

"It's a great win for our program," Imbler coach Ken Kramer said.

The Panthers had lost six straight league games to the Eagles prior to Friday's game.

"I think it was a good effort defensively," Kramer said. "I think we're coming together on defense."

He said the Panthers are finding the open man and played good together in the win.

The first half went back-and-forth.

Culbreth controlled the first quarter for the Panthers. He scored 13 of his 28 points in the first eight minutes, and his three-point play with five seconds left in the quarter put the Panthers up 18-14.

The Eagles got right back in it in the second quarter behind Cole Lathrop. Lathrop had eight of his 18 points in the quarter. The Eagles knotted the game at 26 with 2:30 to go in the half.

However, Culbreth got Jake Layton in the air and scored again for a 28-26 lead with 2:13 remaining. A Panther three-pointer made the halftime score 31-26.

The Eagles missed too many free throws that would have made the game tighter. Overall, they shot 8-for-23 from the line.

With the Eagles down 33-28 with 6:18 in the third, they missed two free throws that would have cut the deficit to just three points. Instead, Culbreth scored back-to-back baskets to push the Panther's lead to 38-28 with 5:36 in the quarter.

Tanner McIntosh hit key baskets for the Panthers, too. McIntosh's back-to-back three-pointers put the Panthers up 47-30 with 3:36 in the third quarter.

Then, McIntosh opened the fourth with another three-pointer, putting the Panthers up 58-45 with 7:13 in the ball game. He had four three-pointers total.

The Eagles would get no closer than nine points the rest of the game.

Culbreth led the Panthers with his 28 points, followed by McIntosh with 20.

Lathrop led the Eagles with 18, followed by Eric Butterfield, returning from a badly sprained ankle, with 15.

The Eagles host Nyssa today, while the Panthers play at Union.

Joseph boys 14 12 19 10 — 55

Imbler 18 13 24 13 — 68

Joseph — Corey Otten 2 4-6 8, Tristan Patton 1 0-0 2, Jake Layton 3 1-6 7, Dustin Gibbs 2 0-4 5, Eric Butterfield 6 3-6 15, Cole Lathrop 9 0-1 18, Andy Hayes, Kyle Hook, Derek Layton, Joe Dawson. Totals: 23 8-23 55.

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 0 0-2 0, Travis Hoskins 1 0-0 2, Trevor Crow 3 0-0 6, Ethan Davis 3 5-8 12, Tanner McIntosh 8 0-0 20, Colin Culbreth 13 1-1 28, Troy Hoskins, Bryan Davidson. Totals: 28 6-10 68.

Three-pointers — Joseph 1 (Gibbs); Imbler 6 (Davis, McIntosh 4, Culbreth). Fouled out — Troy Hoskins, Culbreth. Total fouls — Joseph 12, Imbler 17. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Joseph 62, Imbler 59 2OT

ENTERPRISE RUNS AWAY FROM ELGIN IN THIRD

ELGIN — A huge third quarter by the Enterprise boys spurred them on to a 56-32 Wapiti League opening win over Elgin Friday.

Enterprise (5-4 overall, 1-0 league) scored 22 points in the third to take command of a close game.

"We had a letdown in the third (quarter), big time," Elgin coach Kyle Evans said.

He said there were too many Huskies turnovers that Enterprise capitalized on to turn momentum its way.

"It was a close game defensively," he said about the 19-14 halftime lead.

Kevin Gomes was Enterprise's top scorer with 14 points. Josh Hamill led Elgin with 10 points.

Elgin (3-6 overall, 0-1 league) plays Grant Union on the road today, while Enterprise travels to Halfway to take on Pine-Eagle.

Enterprise boys 7 12 22 15 — 56

Elgin 6 8 7 11 — 32

Enterprise — Tony Swart 2 1-2 5, Andy Marcum 1 2-3 4, Zach Gassett 1 0-0 3, Kevin Gomes 6 0-0 14, Grady Rawls 4 0-0 8, Clay Freels 4 0-0 8, Craig Swart 1 0-1 3, Tim Gilbert 1 0-0 2, Brandon Kiser 2 2-2 6, Kelsey Lukens 1 1-6 3. Totals: 23 6-14 56.

Elgin — Ben Deines 0 0-1 0, Horn 2 0-0 4, Jeremy Hamill 2 0-0 5, Nick Southard 1 1-2 3, Josh Hamill 5 0-0 10, Skyler Payne 0 2-4 2, Charlie Schumacher 2 0-0 4, J.T. Keating 1 0-0 2, Nick Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 3-7 32.

Three-pointers — Enterprise 4 (Gassett, Gomes 2, C. Swart); Elgin 1 (Jeremy Hamill). Fouled out — Gilbert. Total fouls — Enterprise 16, Elgin 17. Technical fouls — None.

COVE WINS THIRD STRAIGHT LEAGUE GAME

PRAIRIE CITY — The No. 9 Cove boys are off to a quick 3-0 start in Old Oregon League play after their 80-58 basketball win over Prairie City Friday.

The Leopards (6-4 overall) took control toward the end of the first quarter.

Clinging to a 16-15 lead with two minutes remaining in the first, the Leopards put on a press and continued it into the second quarter.

It allowed the Leopards to go on a 19-0 run to build a 35-15 lead.

Chris Taylor had 10 of his 19 points in the quarter.

From that point on, the Leopards kept the lead between 14 to 19 points the rest of the game.

"We were moving the ball," Cove coach Todd Gorham said. "We were hitting the open man. Guys hit their shots."

He said it was well-played on both sides and the difference was that the Leopards shot the ball well.

Prairie City fell to 4-5, 1-1 in OOL.

Taylor led the Leopards with 19, followed by Josh Pfel with 14 points, John Pfel 12, Justin Marler 11 and Devon Frank 10.

The Leopards host Wallowa today.

Cove boys 19 24 15 22 — 80

Prairie City 16 16 11 15 — 58

Cove — Chris Taylor 9 1-2 19, Josh Pfel 7 0-0 14, John Pfel 5 2-3 12, Justin Marler 4 0-0 11, Devon Frank 5 0-0 10, Jason Hagey 3 0-0 6, Andy Altenburg 1 2-2 4, Tom VanNice 1 0-1 2, Tanner Marshall 1 0-0 2, Jake Locken, Russell Hurst, David Mills. Totals: 36 5-8 80.

Prairie City — J. Moulton 9 0-2 19, Waggoner 4 4-9 13, G. Moulton 4 0-1 8, Fast 3 0-1 6, Wheeler 2 1-1 5, Winegar 2 0-0 4, Hendricksen 1 0-0 3, Lovell, Waggoner, Jackson, Monohan. Totals: 25 5-18 58.

Three-pointers — Cove 3 (Marler 3); Prairie City 3 (J. Moulton, Waggoner, Hendricksen). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Cove 19, Prairie City 18. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Cove 67, Prairie City 33

WALLOWA STRUGGLES TO SCORE IN LOSS

WALLOWA — The Wallowa basketball boys struggled from the field and weren't able to keep up with Crane Friday, losing 55-32.

Wallowa coach Gerry McLain said the Cougars (2-9, 1-1 in Old Oregon League) simply couldn't shoot in this one. Crane (8-4, 2-1) held a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and gradually built it up all game long.

Randy Spaur led the Cougars with 13 points. Wallowa has a tough game today, going on the road to play a red-hot Cove boys' squad.

Crane 12 14 14 15 — 55

Wallowa boys 9 8 10 5 — 32

Crane — M. Sitz 1 0-0 2, F. McKay 1 0-0 2, C. Miller 8 0-0 21, W. Stoddard 2 0-0 4, K. Aiogla 10 2-5 22, D. Vesquez 1 0-0 2, M. Adams 1 0-0 2, J. Dowell, B. Abrahanon, M. Dunn. Totals: 24 2-5 55.

Wallowa — Ryan Harshfield 2 0-0 4, Randy Spaur 6 0-0 13, Caleb Pringle 3 1-2 7, Jeff Kendall 1 1-2 3, Kyle McDaniel 2 0-0 5, Dustin Byers, Chris Williams. Totals: 14 2-4 32.

Three-pointers — Crane 5 (C. Miller 5); Wallowa 2 (Spaur, McDaniel). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Crane 11, Wallowa 6.

JV score — Crane 45, Wallowa 35

JORDAN VALLEY BLITZES POWDER VALLEY EARLY

JORDAN VALLEY — Unfortunately for the Powder Valley basketball boys, Cove might have really ticked off the Mustangs.

Jordan Valley (9-2, 2-1 in OOL) doesn't lose very many home games, and the Old Oregon League teams are still buzzing about the fact that the Mustangs lost last week to a visiting Cove squad.

Powder Valley (2-10, 0-3) made the long trip out to Jordan Valley Friday night, and the Mustangs blew up for a 24-6 first-quarter lead en route to a 67-33 win. Jordan Valley drilled eight three-pointers in the game.

Sheldon Heffernan hit two threes and scored 10 points for the Badgers.

Powder Valley boys 6 6 5 16 — 33

Jordan Valley 24 14 17 12 — 67

Powder Valley — David Dozhier 1 0-0 2, Deven Thompson 2 1-3 6, Kaycee Shroyer 1 0-0 3, Thomas Weems 0 0-3 0, Sheldon Heffernan 4 0-0 10, Arden Perkins 3 0-2 6, Todd Baxter 2 2-4 6, Riley Grove 0 0-0 0, Cody Taylor 0 0-0 0, Rick Stephens 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-12 33.

Jordan Valley — D.Elsner 5 2-2 14, Mackenzie 3 1-3 8, Hipwell 2 0-1 4, Johnson 1 1-2 3, P.Elsner 1 0-0 2, Anderson 1 1-2 3, Cline 1 0-0 2, Lequerica 8 0-0 18, Conro 5 0-0 13. Totals 27 5-10 67.

Three-Pointers — Powder Valley 4 (Thompson, Shroyer, Heffernan 2), Jordan Valley 8 (D.Elsner 2, Mackenzie, Lequerica 2, Conro 3). Total Fouls — Powder Valley 13, Jordan Valley 11. Fouled out — None. Technical Fouls — None.

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