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IMBLER WINS ROUND ONE AGAINST JOSEPH

RUNNING THE ATTACK: Imbler point guard Trevor Crow drives the lane against Joseph. The Panthers won the first of four likely rounds against the Eagles 63-59. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
RUNNING THE ATTACK: Imbler point guard Trevor Crow drives the lane against Joseph. The Panthers won the first of four likely rounds against the Eagles 63-59. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

COVE — The Imbler and Joseph boys, both ranked in the 2A top 10, had the first of likely four meetings of the season Friday.

This particular chapter of this seven-year-long story was that Imbler shot lights out from the free throw line to win a close one 63-59.

Free throws and fouls were, in fact, the story of the Cove Tournament game between these two Wapiti rivals. There were 66 free throws taken. Imbler shot 23-for-34, while Joseph shot 16-for-32.

Imbler's Tanner McIntosh was huge at the line, shooting a perfect 8-for-8.

"It was a knock down, drag out game. It was the same kind of game we've had with 'em for four or five years," said Imbler coach Ken Kramer.

Kramer said it was a good game for Imbler even though it was preseason because the Panther boys learned that they are capable of beating a very tough Joseph squad that battles Imbler every year for the Wapiti title. (Imbler won the Wapiti title in 2003, 2000 and 1997, while Joseph won it in 2002, 2001, 1999 and 1998.)

"It was a great game for our kids. We know we can beat them," Kramer said.

"We didn't shoot free throws as well as they did. That's what it came down to," said Joseph coach Ron Lathrop. Lathrop also said the Joseph boys learned they can play with last year's defending Wapiti champ.

"The kids know they can compete with them. This game just came down to free throws," he said.

A clutch 3-pointer by Imbler's Trevor Crow in the final five minutes of the game seemed to spur the Panthers. His trey tied the score at 48-48, then McIntosh followed with a blocked shot on defense to keep the Panthers fired up. Down the fourth-quarter stretch, Imbler made a slew of free throws to keep Joseph at bay.

McIntosh led the Panthers (5-0) with 23 points, while Alan O'Donald scored 17.

Cole Lathrop led the Eagles (4-1) with 22 points, while Corey Otten scored 19.

Joseph and Imbler will play twice more in the regular season, then will probably play again at least once more in the postseason.

— Pierre LaBossire

Imbler 63, Joseph 59

Imbler boys 13 12 16 22 — 63

Joseph 9 17 16 17 — 59

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 5 7-11 17, Travis Hoskins 2 0-1 4, Trevor Crow 3 2-2 9, John McKinnis 1 3-6 5, Tanner McIntosh 7 8-8 23, Jayce Hewitt 1 3-6, Max Nilsson, Corbin Hohstaff, Olan Fulfer. Totals: 19 23-34 63.

Joseph — Corey Otten 5 8-10 19, Andy Hayes 1 0-0 2, Kyle Hook 2 3-6 7, Cole Lathrop 9 4-9 22, Tristan Patton 1 1-6 3, Malte Sievers 2 0-1 4, Derrek Layton 1 0-0 2, Chad Dotson, Justin Bird. Totals: 21 16-32 59.

Three-pointers — Imbler 2 (Crow, McIntosh), Joseph 1 (Otten). Fouled out — Lathrop. Total fouls — Imbler 16, Joseph 22. Technical fouls — None.

Cove boys hold off Jewell for win

COVE — The Cove basketball boys got four players in double figures and held off a rally from a good Jewell team to win their home tournament opener 63-61.

Cove was lead by Chris Taylor's 19 points, followed by Devan Frank's 15.

The Leopards (3-1) took control of the game in a 20-9 third quarter that gave Cove a 37-30 lead at halftime. The Leopards stretched the lead to 47-38 at the end of three, and withstood a 23-point Bluejays' fourth quarter to win by two.

Cove coach Todd Gorham said Tom Van Nice played a strong game at both ends of the court. He scored 13 and "played a good game defensively," Gorham said.

Cove gets a huge test today, taking on defending Wapiti League champion Imbler. That game will begin at about 6 p.m.

Cove 63, Jewell 61

Jewell 17 20 10 16 — 63

Cove boys 21 9 8 23 — 61

Jewell — Johnson 8 3-5 23, Meier 10 0-0 21, Busch 3 3-6 9, Groat 3 0-0 6, Spaulding 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 6-11 61.

Cove — Chris Taylor 9 1-2 19, Devan Frank 6 2-4 15, Tom Van Nice 5 3-4 13, Josh Pfel 4 2-4 10, Tanner Marshall 2 0-0 4, Andy Altenburg 1 0-1 2. Totals: 27 8-15 63.

Three-pointers — Jewell 1 (Johnson 4, Meier), Cove 1 (Frank). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Jewell 13, Cove 16. Technical fouls — None.

Elgin cranks up defense in 2nd half

ELGIN — The Elgin boys turned up the defense another notch in their 46-39 win over Echo at the Elgin Christmas Basketball Tournament Friday.

"The big thing was our defense," Elgin coach Kyle Evans said. "We turned up our defensive pressure in the second half. That's what broke the game loose for us."

The teams were deadlocked at 34-34 after three quarters until the Huskies outscored Echo 12-5 in the fourth quarter.

Charlie Schumacher paced the Huskies with 15 points, followed by Skyler Payne with 11.

The Huskies (4-1) is playing Powder Valley for the tournament championship today.

Elgin 46, Echo 39

Echo boys 6 15 13 5 — 39

Elgin 12 9 13 12 — 46

Echo — Bodewig 5 7-9 18, McFarlane 3 1-1 7, Taylor 1 2-3 4, Harris 2 0-0 4, Muller 2 0-1 4, Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 10-14 39.

Elgin — Ricky Foster 3 0-0 6, Skyler Payne 5 1-1 11, Brandon Evans 2 0-0 5, Charlie Schumacher 7 1-1 15, J.T. Keating 4 0-0 9, Bill Miller, A.J. Hansen, Codi Burgess. Totals: 21 2-2 46.

Three-pointers — Echo 1 (Bodewig); Elgin 2 (Evans, Keating). Fouled out — Evans. Total fouls — Echo 8, Elgin 17. Technical fouls — None.

Powder Valley boys overcome nine treys

ELGIN — The Powder Valley boys played a strong fourth quarter to overcome nine 3-pointers by Spray to win 64-53.

The Badgers had four boys in double figures in their Elgin Tournament game. They were led by Cody Taylor with 15 and Kaycee Shroyer with 12.

The win gives the Badgers a record of 3-2, the first time Powder Valley has had a winning record since the 2001-2002 season.

Coach Blake Jones said this wasn't an easy win with Spray dropping so many three-bombs on the Badgers.

"This crew of guys is pretty determined to find a way to win," he said. "They had a good finish and hit some huge free throws that sealed the game."

Powder Valley plays Elgin today in the championship game of the tournament.

Powder Valley 64, Spray 53

Powder Valley 16 16 15 17 — 64

Spray boys 15 11 16 11 — 53

Powder Valley — Justus Gray 1 2-2 4, Bryson Allen 3 4-4 10, Deven Thompson 1 1-4 3, Kaycee Shroyer 6 0-0 12, Cody Taylor 6 2-2 15, Thomas Weems 2 0-0 5, Rylie Wendt 0 1-02 1, Arden Perkins 2 0-0 4, Todd Baxter 5 0-2 10. Totals: 26 10-16 64.

Spray — Starr 3 2-8 10, Frazier 5 2-2 13, T. Asher 1 0-2 2, Bruce 5 1-2 13, J. Asher 4 0-0 12, Fischer 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19 6-18 53.

Three-pointers — Powder Valley 2 (Taylor, Weems), Spray 9 (J. Asher 4, Starr 2, Bruce 2, Frazier). Total fouls

Visitor, none; Home, none. Rebound leader — None. Fouled out — T. Asher. Total fouls — Powder Valley 20, Spray 15. Technical fouls — None.

Enterprise boys outboarded by Hermiston JV

PILOT ROCK — The Enterprise basketball boys gave up 18 offensive boards to the Hermiston junior varsity squad, and that cost them, as they lost 80-59 in their Pilot Rock Tournament opener.

Zach Gassett led Enterprise with 20, while Tony Swart scored 14. Craig Swart had 11 rebounds.

Coach Duff Pace said Enterprise kept up with the Hermiston JVs' for a quarter. Enterprise scored 20 in the first.

"We really played well in the first quarter. (But) we gave up a lot of offensive boards," he said.

Enterprise plays Union today in the consolation final.

Hermiston JV 80, Enterprise 59

Enterprise boys 20 9 11 19 — 59

Hermiston JV 25 13 19 23 — 80

Enterprise — Tony Swart 6 2-3 14, Andy Marcum 1 4-6 7, Zach Gassett 8 3-5 20, Kyle Bollman 1 0-0 2, Clay Freels 5 0-0 10, Craig Swart 1 2-4 4, Tim Horrocks 0 0-2 0, Kyle Stookey 1 0-0 2, Jake Thompson, Jake VanderZanden, Cole Phinney, Brinn Jones. Totals: 23 11-20 59.

Hermiston JV — Amezcua 2 0-0 5, Bell 4 0-0 11, Zweifelhofer 2 0-0 4, Wicks 3 1-3 9, Pedro 6 1-1 14, Eldridge 4 0-0 9, T. Smith 2 0-2 4, L. Smith 1 2-2 4, Murray 3 11-12 17, Logan 0 1-2 1, Ross 1 0-0 2, Briscoe. Totals: 28 16-22 80.

Three-pointers — Enterprise 2 (Marcum, Gassett), Hermiston JV 8 (bell 3, Wicks 2, Amezcua, Pedro, Eldridge). Fouled out — C. Swart. Total fouls — Enterprise 19, Hermiston JV 15. Technical fouls — C. Swart.

Wallowa stumbles against Pine-Eagle

HALFWAY — The Wallowa boys struggled offensively against Pine-Eagle Friday.

Wallowa coach Gerry McLain said the 62-41 basketball loss was "ugly."

He said the Cougars missed the basket six times in a row at one point and were not making lay-ins.

"We couldn't shoot," McLain said.

The Cougars led the Spartans 12-8 after the first quarter. The Spartans came back in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime.

The Spartans "blew us away" in the third and the rest of the game was back and forth, McLain said.

Ryan Harshfield led the Cougars with 15 points, followed by Patrick Green with 11.

The Cougars (2-3) host the Baker junior varsity today.

Pine-Eagle 62, Wallowa 41

Wallowa boys 12 7 4 18 — 41

Pine-Eagle 8 16 15 23 — 62

Wallowa — Dustin Byers 3 0-0 6, Kaleb Oveson 3 0-0 7, Ryan Harshfield 6 2-5 15, Patrick Green 5 0-0 11, Caleb Pringle 1 0-0 2, Kainoa Delatori 0 0-2 0, Adam Evans, Jake Redfield, Geoff Long, Luke Survis, Jeremy McCulloch. Totals: 18 2-7 41.

Pine-Eagle — D. Kaesemeyer 10 6-8 28, Ian Lower 2 0-0 4, Ryan Kihn 4 2-4 11, Eric Lower 1 2-3 5, Philip Roberts 0 2-2 2, Chance Marks 6 0-2 12, Corby Wickham, Lee Wilson, Karl Young. Totals: 23 12-19 62.

Three-pointers — Wallowa 3 (Oveson, Harshfield, Green); Pine-Eagle 4 (Kaesemeyer 2, Kihn, E. Lower). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Wallowa 16, Pine-Eagle 9. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Pine Eagle def. Wallowa 31-26 (one half)

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