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GAME OF HIS LIFE: With Portland Lutheran concentrating on Tanner McIntosh, Imbler's Alan O'Donald came through with four 3-pointers, 31 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers to a wild 74-61 playoff win Thursday. ().
GAME OF HIS LIFE: With Portland Lutheran concentrating on Tanner McIntosh, Imbler's Alan O'Donald came through with four 3-pointers, 31 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers to a wild 74-61 playoff win Thursday. ().

IMBLER — The Imbler Panthers had a wild shoot-out with Portland Lutheran Wednesday night, and picked the right time to dominate.

Imbler went into the fourth quarter down by four, but outscored the Bluejays 23-6 in the fourth to pull out a 74-61 2A state basketball playoff opener.

"It was a barnburner," said Imbler coach ken Kramer.

With defenders draped all over Imbler's leading scorer, Tanner McIntosh, all night, Alan O'Donald led the Panthers with 31 points. He hit four 3-pointers, was a perfect 3-for-3 on his free throws and pulled down nine boards. O'Donald scored 23 of his points in the first half.

"He had the game of his life," said Kramer.

McIntosh hit three 3-pointers himself, including two in that big fourth quarter, and ended with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Hoskins scored 10.

The Panthers (20-5 overall) now go on the road to face Pilot Rock in a 2A second-round game Saturday. The good news for the Panthers — they beat Pilot Rock in preseason by a score of 60-35.

However, Kramer said that Pilot Rock has a 6-foot-8 foreign exchange player, Frank Hoogesteger, who has been averaging 20 points a game of late. He only scored four against Imbler.

If Imbler wins Saturday, the Panthers will make a return trip to the 2A state tournament in Pendleton beginning March 4.

Imbler got off to a sluggish start against Portland Lutheran, falling behind 20-6 in the first quarter. Portland Lutheran came out firing on all cylinders and ended the first quarter up 25-18.

But, the Panthers dominated both even-numbered periods. Imbler roared back at the end of the first, then kept up the momentum with a 23-12 second quarter to take a 41-37 lead into the half.

The pendulum swung back Portland Lutheran's way in the third quarter as the Bluejays went on an 18-10 run to retake the lead.

Imbler's John McKinnis scored seven points, playing strong despite an appendectomy earlier this month.

The game featured 14 3-pointers combined by both teams. Portland Lutheran was led by Josh Dressler, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 25. However, Kramer said the Imbler defenders shut Dressler down in the fourth, allowing the Bluejays' big scorer just a single free throw in the quarter.

— Pierre LaBossire

Imbler 74, Portland Lutheran 61

Portland Lutheran 25 12 18 6 — 61

Imbler boys 18 23 10 23 — 74

PL — M. Burris 3 0-2 6, J. Dressler 9 3-5 25, Miura 6 1-1 15, Dehning 4 0-0 8, Goodwin 0 0-2 0, Kasserman 3 1-2 7, M. Dressler, Aufderhide, Hanson, Eo Ho Son, Nen-Hsiu Wu, S. Burris . Totals: 25 5-12 61.

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 12 3-3 31, Travis Hoskins 5 0-0 10, Trevor Crow 0 4-5 4, John McKinnis 1 5-8 7, John McKinnis 6 0-0 15, Cody Campbell 2 2-2 7, Ben Davidson, Denny Cline, Max Nillson, Jayce Hewitt, Corbin Hohstadt, Olan Fulfer. Totals: 26 14-18 74.

Three-pointers — PL 6 (J. Dressler 4, Miura 2); Imbler 8 (O'Donald 4, McIntosh 3, Campbell). Fouled out — PL 17, Imbler 13. Technical fouls — none.

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