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Panthers push winning streak to six games

Cove’s Derrick Murchison closes out on a shot by Wallowa’s Aaron Wallace during Friday’s game. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)a
Cove’s Derrick Murchison closes out on a shot by Wallowa’s Aaron Wallace during Friday’s game.

IMBLER — The Imbler boys basketball team pushed its winning streak to six games with a pair of wins over the weekend.

Trace Vancleave led the Panthers to a 55-37 win against Cove Saturday. The sophomore finished with a game-high 22 points, on 10-of-13 shooting from the field.

Imbler jumped out in front 32-13 in the opening half, and pushed the lead to 21 points to open the second half.

Rustin McDonald added seven points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers.

Colton Demeerleer led Cove with 10 points, while Brandon McGilvray added nine points.

Imbler used a strong start on Friday against Pine Eagle to grab a 63-28 win. The Panthers outscored the Spartans 27-11 in the opening half. 

Eli Bowers connected on 4-of-7 from behind the arc and finished with 19 points. VanCleave added 16 points.

Pine Eagle was led by Justin Thorn with eight points.

Demeerleer and Jayden Moore helped the Leopards pick up a win against Wallowa Friday.

Demeerleer had a team-high 17 points, while Moore added 11 points.

Cove jumped out to a 13-3 lead after one quarter, and pulled ahead 38-22 after three quarters.

The Panthers (13-2 overall, 4-0 OOL) will host Joseph at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

Badgers bounce back after tough loss

NORTH POWDER — It didn’t take the Powder Valley boys basketball team long to bounce back from a deflating loss last week to Imbler. The Badgers kept pace with the Panthers by picking up a pair of wins over the weekend.

Powder Valley closed out the weekend with a 87-40 win against Pine Eagle Saturday.

Tyler Robinson led the Badgers with 22 points, who jumped out to a 45-18 halftime lead.

“The boys got right back on track,” North Powder head coach Kyle Dixon said. “They’re ready to keep things going.” 

Marcus Pratt and Brock Jones each scored 16 points, while Jason Benites added 15 points.

Nathan McCall led the Spartans with eight points. Colter Marks, Wyatt Tyler and Wyatt Akers each scored seven points.

Pratt knocked down six 3-point shots in an 89-43 win against Joseph Friday. Pratt finished with a game-high 28 points, and Logan Allen finished with 21 points. 

Brock Jones scored 15 points, and Tyler Robinson added 12 points.

Caden DeLury led Joseph with 15 points, while Will Story finished with nine points.

Powder Valley (12-1 overall, 2-1 OOL) will host Wallowa at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.  

Kennon, Graves pace Bobcats

UNION — The Union boys basketball team picked up a split on the weekend, defeating Grant Union 68-49.

Johnny Kennon and J.D. Graves led the way, scoring 20 and 17 points, respectively. Cortin Nowak added 13 points.

“Those three guys really played big tonight,” Union head coach Brett Dunten said. “Johnny and J.D. were big at both ends of the floor.”

The Bobcats took a 36-27 lead into the half, and pounced on the Prospectors in the third quarter. Union used a 17-9 quarter to create a cushion headed into the final quarter.

Mitch Moulton led Grant Union with 18 points.

The weekend got off to a rough start against No. 1 Irrigon. The Knights defended their home court with a 78-41 win. 

Graves scored 13 points, while Kennon finished with 11 points.

Adrian Romero lead Irrigon with 20 points and Anthony Landeros scored 18 points.

The Bobcats (8-8 overall, 5-3 BMC) will host Stanfield at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Huskies struggle in conference play

ELGIN — A young Elgin team showed its youth against No. 3 Stanfield.

“We practiced all week to break the press by not dribbling into it,” Huskies boys head coach Casey Hallgarth said. 

“But once the game started that’s exactly what we did. We need to learn from our mistakes, and the boys did make the adjustment, but it was too late.”

Elgin couldn’t overcome the opening mistakes and lost 56-35. 

Curtis Little led Elgin with eight points, while Gage Little finished with seven points.

Adrian Angel led the Tigers with 13 points. Bryce Linker scored 12 points.

The Huskies were victims of a fast start by Heppner, falling 60-47 Friday.

Logan Grieb hit three 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game, helping the Mustangs jump out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter. Grieb finished with 17 points.

Jake Burgess led the Huskies with 13 points, while Carson Reid hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. 

Elgin (5-10 overall, 3-5 BMC) will host Irrigon at 7:30 p.m. Friday


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