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Home arrow Opinion arrow IMBLER HOLDS OFF FURIOUS JOSEPH RALLY

IMBLER HOLDS OFF FURIOUS JOSEPH RALLY

HEADING TO THE BUCKET: Joseph's Andy Hayes (5) drives to the basket in Saturday's Wapiti League game against Imbler Saturday. Teammate Jake Layton (30) makes sure Hayes has a clear path. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
HEADING TO THE BUCKET: Joseph's Andy Hayes (5) drives to the basket in Saturday's Wapiti League game against Imbler Saturday. Teammate Jake Layton (30) makes sure Hayes has a clear path. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

JOSEPH -- The young Joseph basketball boys were down and nearly out against No. 4-ranked Imbler Saturday before putting on a furious rally in a wild fourth quarter.

That rally "scared the devil out of me," Imbler coach Ken Kramer said.

The result of the rugged, physical battle was a 67-59 win for Imbler, this year's unbeaten Wapiti League powerhouse.

It was the second huge road win in as many nights for the Panthers, 16-1 overall and 8-0 in league play. Friday night, they beat one of the top teams in the league, Grant Union, in a 93-86 Wild West shootout.

Kramer said the Imbler boys were a little tired after that run-and-gun dust-up in John Day the day before. Still, he felt Joseph, last year's league champions, gave the Panthers everything they could handle.

"That's a good ball club," Kramer said of Joseph (7-11, 3-5). "They're better than people think."

The game was close through most of the first half, but Imbler took control late in the half, going into the break with a 33-25 lead.

Imbler built the lead to 50-35 at the end of three quarters.

Then the fun began.

Joseph exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter. The tide began turning the Eagles' way when Joseph's Andy Hayes grabbed a steal, was fouled and made the basket and free to cut the score to 52-42.

Joseph put on a trap and Imbler struggled against it, turning the ball over the next two times down the floor. Eric Butterfield made a basket then Lathrop hit a shot to make it 52-46. After an exchange of baskets, Gibbs electrified the crowd by hitting a three-pointer to cut it to 54-51, then he drew a charge on Imbler's Tanner McIntosh to force yet another turnover.

A Lathrop free throw made it 54-52 midway through the fourth quarter. Joseph was riding a 17-4 run and had all the momentum.

But that was the closest Joseph would get. A couple of free throws and a basket by Imbler's Colin Culbreth built the Panthers' led back up to 58-52, then with 2:45 left in the fourth, the play of the game seemed to give the momentum back to Imbler once and for all.

Lathrop was undercut while battling under the rim for a rebound and he landed hard on his right shoulder. He didn't get up for several minutes.

Coach Ron Lathrop said Cole Lathrop's arm went completely numb and it's possible he might have separated the shoulder. After sitting for a minute or two, the player re-entered the game, although he was obviously laboring.

Coach Lathrop said the injury might have been the turning point of the game.

"When Cole got hurt, that took our momentum away," he said.

It doesn't appear Cole will miss any playing time. Cole said the Sunday the shoulder was "a lot better."

Moments after Cole Lathrop went down, McIntosh got involved in a three-player pileup under his rim as he drove for a huge basket to make it 60-54. He was staggered, too, and slow to get up, but he was able to remain in the game.

Imbler hit most of its free throws down the stretch to keep Joseph at bay.

Coach Lathrop said the boys didn't play that well until the fourth quarter; and at the end of the game, the Eagles played as if they had nothing to lose.

"We made way too many turnovers early. In the fourth quarter, it was go for it or nothing," he said.

Joseph travels to Nyssa Friday to play a very good Bulldogs squad. Imbler hosts Union Friday.

Imbler boys 16 17 17 17 — 67

Joseph 17 8 10 24 — 59

Imbler — Alan O'Donald, Travis Hoskins 4 1-2 9, Trevor Crow 1 3-6 5, Ethan Davis 6 3-5, Tanner McIntosh 9 0-2 19, Colin Culbreth 7 2-5 16, Troy Hoskins 1 0-0 2, Bryan Davidson, Alan O'Donald. Totals: 28 9-20 67.

Joseph — Cory Otten 4 2-4 11, Andy Hayes 1 1-1 3, Tristan Gorsline 0 0-2 0, Tristan Patton 3 0-0 6, Jake Layton 3 1-1 7, Dustin Gibbs 5 1-2 12, Eric Butterfield 2 0-0 4, Cole Lathrop 6 2-4 14, Joe Dawson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 7-14 59.

Three-pointers — Imbler 2 (Davis, McIntosh); Joseph 2 (Otten, Gibbs). Fouled out — Troy Hoskins. Total fouls — Imbler 16, Joseph 16. Technical fouls — none.

JV score — Joseph 65, Imbler 51

Cove bounces back against Prairie City

COVE — The Cove boys routed Prairie City 78-53 in Old Oregon League basketball Saturday.

The win leaves the Leopards and Jordan Valley Mustangs still tied for first with 7-2 league records.

Justin Marler scored 20 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Leopards (10-6 overall). Devan Frank and Chris Taylor scored 15 points apiece.

The Leopards travel to Wallowa Friday and host Powder Valley Saturday.

Prairie City — G. Moulton 1 0-3 2, Wheeler 1 2-2 4, J. Moulton 4 7-11 15, Winegar 5 1-1 11, Waggoner 4 0-1 10, Lovell 1 0-0 2, Fast 2 0-0 4, Jackson 1 0-2 2, Hendrikson 1 0-2 3, Monohan. Totals: 20 10-22 53.

Cove — Justin Marler 5 5-8 20, Josh Pfel 4 4-6 12, Tanner Marshall 0 0-2 0, Jason Hagey 1 0-0 2, Russ Hurst 1 0-0 3, Chris Taylor 7 0-2 15, Devan Frank 7 1-4 15, John Pfel 3 3-8 9, Tom VanNice 0 2-2 2, Andy Altenberg, David Mills, Jake Locken. Totals: 28 15-34 78.

Three-pointers — Prairie City 3 (Waggoner 2, Hendrikson); Cove 7 (Hurst, Taylor, Marler 5). Fouled out — J. Moulton. Total fouls — Prairie City 24, Cove 20. Technical fouls — J. Moulton, Prairie City coach.

Enterprise beats shorthanded Elgin

ENTERPRISE — After a fast start Saturday, the Enterprise boys were able to keep a young Elgin squad at arm's length, beating the Huskies 62-44.

Enterprise coach Duff Pace thought Elgin played a great game. His team was in control but couldn't shake the Huskies — who had two players out with injuries — until the end.

Elgin coach Kyle Evans also credited his kids with "never giving up."

Enterprise (9-7 overall, 5-3 Wapiti League) was led by Grady Rawls, who scored 18, and Kevin Gomes, who scored 12 and had six steals. Elgin (4-12, 1-7) was led by Charlie Schumacher, who hit three treys and scored 17.

Elgin boys 8 7 12 17 — 44

Enterprise 19 7 20 16 — 62

Elgin boys — Jeremy Hamill 3 1-2 7, Cotty Horn 2 0-0 5, Nick Martin 2 0-0 4, Skyler Payne 2 4-6 9, Charlie Schumacher 5 4-4 17, J.T. Keating 1 0-0 2, Nick Southard, Mitch Page, Seth Follet. Totals: 15 9-12 44.

Enterprise — Tony Swart 3 2-3 8, Andy Marcum, Kevin Gomes 5 0-1 12, Grady Rawls 8 2-3 18, Clay Freels 1 1-2 3, Tim Gilbert 1 3-7 5, Brandon Kiser 0 2-4 2, Zach Gasset, Kyle Bollman, Kelsey Lukens. Totals: 21 16-27 62.

Three-pointers — Elgin 5 (Schumacher 3, Horn, Payne, Evans); Enterprise 4 (Marcum, Gomes, Swart). Fouled out — Keating. Total fouls — Elgin 26, Enterprise 15.

JV result — Elgin def. Enterprise (half game)

Powder Valley hurt by third quarter

NORTH POWDER — It was a game of runs between the Powder Valley boys and Jordan Valley Mustangs in Old Oregon League basketball action Saturday.

The Mustangs went on an eight point run in the third that the Badgers were unable to bounce back from, falling 52-44.

Todd Baxter had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers (3-15 overall, 1-8 OOL). Sheldon Heffernan had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Jordan Valley boys 10 13 15 14 — 52

Powder Valley 11 14 5 14 — 44

Jordan Valley — Ryan MacKenzie 4 2-4 10, Pat Hipwell 1 0-0 2, Bryan Grenke 2 2-2 6, Pat Anderson 2 4-4 8, Shaun Lequerica 3 2-5 8, Pat Conro 7 1-1 18, Paul Elsner, Mike Johnson. Totals: 19 9-16 52.

Powder Valley — Deven Thompson 2 0-0 4, Kaycee Shroyer 1 0-0 2, Cody Taylor 3 0-0 7, Thomas Weems 3 2-3 8, Sheldon Heffernan 5 0-0 11, Arden Perkins 1 0-0 2, Todd Baxter 4 1-2 10, David Dozhier, Rylie Wendt, Rick Stephens. Totals: 19 3-5 44.

Three-pointers — Jordan Valley 3 (Conro 3); Powder Valley 3 (Taylor, Heffernan, Baxter). Fouled out — None. Rebound leader — Baxter 10. Total fouls — Jordan Valley 9, Powder Valley 13. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Jordan Valley 41, Powder Valley 31

Union boys fall to Grant Union 51-41

UNION — The Union boys performed better against Grant Union in a Wapiti League basketball game Saturday than last month when they lost by 55 points to the Prospectors in the league opener.

This time, Grant Union used a fourth-quarter surge to beat the Bobcats 51-41 Saturday.

Jeremy Shankel scored 12 points to lead the Bobcats (2-14 overall, 0-8 league).

Grant Union boys 14 6 7 14 — 51

Union 14 9 9 9 — 41

Grant Union — Simmons 6 2-3 14, Colson 4 4-7 13, Thunell 5 0-0 12, Curtis 2 1-2 7, Schmadeka 1 1-3 3, Ellison 1 0-1 2. Totals: 19 4-16 51.

Union — Jeremy Shankel 5 0-0 12, Jim Garwood 4 0-2 8, Ben Williamson 3 1-1 7, Rudy Turner 2 0-0 5, Tanner Johnson 2 0-0 5, Jared Baxter 2 0-0 4, Joe Craig, Gavin Watson, John Dodds. Totals: 18 1-3 41.

Three-pointers — Grant Union 5 (Colson, Thunell 2, Curtis 2); Union 4 (Shankel 2, Turner, Johnson). Fouled out — Williamson. Total fouls — Grant Union 12, Union 17. Technical fouls — Union head coach.

JV result — Grant Union defeated Union

Crane frustrates Wallowa boys

CRANE — The Crane boys won a physical 63-41 Old Oregon League basketball game over Wallowa Saturday.

The Cougars (6-11 overall, 5-3 OOL) are tied for third with Prairie City.

The Cougars host first-place Cove Friday and Adrian Saturday. Wallowa is tied for third with Prairie City.

Wallowa boys 9 12 6 14 — 41

Crane 9 22 21 11 — 63

Wallowa — Dustin Byers 1 0-0 2, Ryan Harshfield 4 0-0 9, Caleb Pringle 5 0-0 10, Randy Spaur 6 3-5 16, Chris Williams 1 0-0 2, Andrew Long 1 0-0 2, Kyle McDaniel, Wes Walker, Jeff Kendall. Totals: 18 3-5 41.

Crane — Frank McKay 2 0-0 4, Chance Miller 7 3-5 18, Kenny Haigh 11 3-3 25, Barry Abrahamson 4 1-1 9, Derek Vasquez 1 1-4 3, Ryan Joyce 2 0-1 4, Jeff Dowell, Matt Sitz, Willy Stoddard, Mike Adams, Mark Dunn. Totals: 27 8-14 63.

Three-pointers — Wallowa 2 (Harshfield, Spaur); Crane 1 (Miller). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Wallowa 14, Crane 12. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Crane defeated Wallowa

 
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