La Grande’s Troy Williams goes up for two points in the Tigers’ 67-42 victory over Vale Tuesday night. CASEY KELLAS/The Observer
The La Grande boys basketball team ended a three-game losing streak with a 67-42 non-league victory over Vale Tuesday night.
The win improves the Tigers to 7-14 overall, while they remain 3-3 in the Greater Oregon League.
“This was a good win for us,” LHS head coach Mark Carollo said.
La Grande never trailed in the game after getting off to a 4-0 start and leading by as much as six in the first quarter. The Vikings hit some late shots to cut the lead to 13-11 after eight minutes.
“We were a little sluggish early on,” Carollo said.
That all changed in the second quarter.
The Tigers didn’t allow a field goal in the second period, holding Vale to just two free throws while outscoring the Vikings 23-2 to take a 36-13 lead into halftime.
“We just played better as a group,” Carollo said.
“We got the ball moving. We were being more aggressive. I thought we were passive early on. But kids stepped up and shot with confidence.”
Vale hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter and cut the score to 36-16, but that was as close as the Vikings would get, as LHS led 48-22 after the third quarter.
The Tigers led by as much as 32 in the fourth quarter before settling for the 25-point win.
“Energy-wise we played a lot better,” Carollo said after what he felt was a lackluster performance Friday against Ontario.
“We have three games left.
“I think the seniors are starting to think about that. Hopefully we can play well these last three games.”
John Bodfish had a team-high 13 points to lead LHS, while Derek Yohannan and Kurt Boyd both scored eight points. Tyson Wicklander and Brandon Cedarholm chipped in seven points each, and Kaleb White scored six.
Logan Skerjanec had a game-high 18 points for Vale, while Agi Tamez scored nine and Austin Lattin added seven.
La Grande will travel to play Baker (13-6, 5-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m.