OOL Tournament: Badgers blow by Joseph
BAKER CITY — Full-court pressure paved the way to another Powder Valley win Friday.
The Badgers boys basketball team forced 42 turnovers during an 87-48 win against Joseph in the semifinals of the Old Oregon League postseason tournament .
Some of those turnovers turned into highlight reel plays for Powder Valley. Tyler Robinson and Quin Stephens each finished the game with a fastbreak dunk.
Robinson, a 6-foot-2 post, showed off his range, making 3-of-4 attempts from behind the arc. The senior finished with a game-high 27 points, and added 10 rebounds. Stephens added 19 points, while Jason Benites finished with 12 points. Marcus Pratt did a little bit of everything. He finished with eight rebounds, seven points and seven steals.
The Badgers led 43-22 at the half and never looked back. Powder Valley built that lead by crashing the boards. The Badgers finished with a 48-32 advantage in rebounds, and held a 24-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
Joseph was led by Cayden DeLury with 20 points, on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Sam Beckman added 10 points.
Powder Valley will play Imbler in the championship game at 8:15 p.m. tonight.
Joseph will play Pine Eagle in the third place game at 2:15 p.m. today.
Defense sends Imbler into title game
BAKER CITY — Senior Kyle Johnson left no doubt about a rematch against Powder Valley in the semifinals of the Old Oregon League postseason tournament Friday night.
Johnson went 7-of-7 from the field during a 70-27 win against Pine Eagle. He finished with a team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds.
The Panthers jumped out to a 30-6 lead after one quarter, and held the Spartans to a free throw in the second quarter, taking a 43-7 lead into the half.
Pine Eagle shot 3-of-14 in the opening half, while Imbler went 5-of-10 from the 3-point line. The Panthers shot 17-of-35 from the field in the first half.
Luke Silbernagle added 12 points for Imbler, while Trace Vancleave finished with 11. Joe Griffin scored 10 points.
Pine Eagle was led by Colter Marks with eight points and nine rebounds.
Imbler will play the Badgers for the fourth time this season in the championship game at 8:15 p.m. tonight. Powder Valley leads the series this season 2-1. Pine Eagle will try to grab one of the final spots into the state playoffs against Joseph at 2:15 p.m.
Powder Valley runs away from Leopards
BAKER CITY — Powder Valley weathered the storm in the opening minutes of the game to defeat Cove in the semifinals of the Old Oregon League postseason tournament Friday.
Kayla Johnson hit three straight 3-pointers for the Cove girls basketball team, but it wasn’t enough as the Badgers pulled out a 46-35 win.
With Powder Valley trailing 9-7 in the first quarter, a 10-2 run that stretched into the second quarter helped the Badgers grab a 17-11 lead. Alexandra Colton had three steals that she took coast-to-coast. Colton finished the game with 16 points and six steals.
Powder Valley’s Bailee Allen recorded a double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sally Mary Blair added seven points and 11 rebounds.
Cove was led by Johnson with 17 points, collecting five 3’s in the game. Mikayla Murchison added nine points and 14 rebounds. Kyndall Murchison grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Badgers will play Imbler in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. tonight, while Cove will play Joseph for the final spot to the state playoffs at 12:30 p.m. today.
Panthers answer after slow start
BAKER CITY — It took two quarters for the Imbler girls basketball team to get going in the Old Oregon League postseason tournament Friday.
The Panthers led Joseph 21-15 at the half, and pulled away for a 47-26 win to advance to the championship game against Powder Valley at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Imbler used a 16-4 run midway through the third quarter to pull away from the Eagles. Emma Bowers had all eight of her points during the run. Bowers, a junior, also had five steals in the game.
The Panthers shot 52 percent in the second half after shooting 24 percent in the opening half. Joseph stayed close in the first half despite shooting 23 percent from the floor, but shot 14 percent over the final two quarters.
Katie Barry led the Panthers off the bench with 11 points. Lexee Robertson added six points and seven rebounds.
Joseph was led by Lindsay Kemp with eight points. Halilee McClure and Satori Albee each scored six points. Albee added 11 rebounds.
The Eagles will play Cove for the final spot into the state playoffs from the league at 12:30 p.m. today.