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TWIN TOWERS OF SUCCESS

ON THE MOVE: Unions Lucas Maples drives to the basket against Powder Valleys Deven Thompson (left) and Josh Browne (15) in the Bobcats 63-34 Friday-night victory over the Badgers.  (The Observer/C.J. GISH).
ON THE MOVE: Unions Lucas Maples drives to the basket against Powder Valleys Deven Thompson (left) and Josh Browne (15) in the Bobcats 63-34 Friday-night victory over the Badgers. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).

By C.J. Gish

Observer Staff Writer

UNION Jeremy Shankel and Jordi Steenstra gave Union a one-two inside punch that sent Powder Valley reeling Friday night.

The Bobcats easily put the visiting Badger boys basketball team away 63-34 in both teams season opener at the Union Lions Club Tournament.

Shankel, at 6-foot-5, and Steenstra, at 6-4, scored 22 and nine points, respectively, and anchored Unions strong inside defense.

We played tough defensively, Union coach Alex Steenstra said. It was hard for (Powders offense) with Jeremy and Jordi in there.

Powder Valley (0-1) scored in double digits in only the opening period, with Brody Turner winning the jump ball and nailing a 3-pointer within the first five seconds of the contest.

But Union bounced back and outscored the Badgers 17-7 the rest of the quarter behind four points apiece from Shankel and Lucas Maples.

Union held a 31-16 lead at the half with help from Powder foul trouble. Turner was saddled with three fouls two minutes into the second quarter, and Justin Heffernan picked up his third with 2:28 left in the half.

We have a lot to work on, but I also saw a lot of good things. I was impressed with our hustle, Powder Valley coach Blake Jones said.

After Union surged to a 41-18 lead behind eight third-quarter points from Shankel, the Badgers made one last run, cutting the score to 46-30, with nine of Powders points coming from Turner.

Back-to-back Shankel baskets and a Steenstra steal and layup, coupled with Turner fouling out, all but put the game out of reach at 52-30 with 3:51 left.

Lucas Maples added eight points for Union (1-0), which will face Lapwai, Idaho, today for the tournament title.

Powder was paced by Turners 14 points and six apiece from Heffernan and David Dozhier. The Badgers cancelled their consolation contest with Cove set for today.

Powder Valley boys 10 6 9 9 34

Union 17 14 13 19 63

Powder Valley Taylor, Dozhier 2 2-4 6, Browne, Thompson 1 2-3 4, Weems, Turner 6 1-2 14, Gray, Lyman 0 2-2 2, J.Heffernan 3 0-0 6, Swales 1 0-2 2, S.Heffernan. Totals: 13 7-13 34.

Union Satterfield 1 0-0 3, Warren 2 0-0 4, Jos.Steenstra 1 0-0 2, Jor.Steenstra 4 1-4 9, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Dunbar 2 0-0 4, Shankel 10 2-4 22, OConnor 1 0-0 2, Baxter 1 3-3 5, Clark, Maley 0 2-2 2, Maples 2 4-6 8. Totals: 25 12-19 63.

Three-pointers Powder Valley, Turner; Union, Satterfield. Fouled out Turner, Lyman. Total fouls Powder Valley 21, Union 18. Technical fouls None.

Joseph wins foulfest, 64-46

BOARDMAN Fifty-seven fouls. Eight players fouled out.

Thats how Josephs season-opener at Riverside went, with the Eagles winning 64-46.

It was very rough and kind of got out of hand, Joseph coach Ron Lathrop said. It was rough, but it was a win.

Tyler Nall scored a game-high 18 points, going 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Cole Lathrop had 14 points, with 10-of-15 at the line. Levi Stubblefield added 11 points.

Cole and Tyler kept their composure the entire game and played well, Lathrop said.

As a team, Joseph (1-0) shot 36-of-57 free throws off 34 Riverside fouls. Joseph committed 23 fouls.

The Eagles cancelled their home game with Heppner today.

Joseph 14 16 15 19 64

Riverside 4 12 12 18 46

Joseph Nall 4 10-13 18, Stroup 2 2-2 6, Hayes, Wells 3 3-4 9, Gibbs 0 4-6 4, Butterfield, Col.Lathrop 2 10-15 14, Layton 0 2-6 2, Stubblefield 3 5-11 11. Totals: 14 36-57 64.

Riverside Wedding, Turner 0 1-2-1, Reese 3 1-2 7, Richards 3 0-0 6, Carmine 0 0-2 0, Strebin, Chavez 8 1-5 17, Battie 1 5-8 8, Kegeler 2 1-3 5, Studer 0 2-2 2, Gardanier. Totals: 17 11-24 46.

Three-pointers Joseph, none; Riverside, Battie. Fouled out Stubblefield, Stroup, Wells, Battie, Carmine, Gardanier, Turner, Wedding. Total fouls Joseph 23, Riverside 34. Technical fouls Wells.

Enterprise falls to Sherman

IONE A quick lead evaporated as Enterprise couldnt keep pace with Sherman County Friday.

Enterprise lost its season-opener 57-34 at the Ione Tournament after taking a 7-2 lead.

Then the boys got a little tight, Enterprise coach Duff Pace said. It was the first-game jitters.

The Huskies outscored Enterprise 31-9 the rest of the half for a 33-16 halftime lead.

But some bright spots emerged as Tim Gilbert grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 10 points. Grady Rawls added 13 points.

Pace was also impressed with 6-1 sophomore forward Shae Capdeville, who came off the bench for three points.

We showed me some good things and gave us some stability up front, Pace said.

Cole Shelton scored a game-high 20 points for Sherman County.

Enterprise (0-1) faces Weston-McEwen for the tournament consolation title today.

Enterprise boys 7 9 12 6 34

Sherman County 18 15 15 9 57

Enterprise Stangel 3 0-0 6, Crawford 1 0-3 2, Rawls 6 1-3 13, Freels, Gilbert 5 0-1 10, Capdeville 1 1-2 3, Swart, Marcum, Gomes, Kiser, Lukens. Totals: 16 2-10 34.

Sherman County King 0 1-4 1, Reitan 2 0-0 4, Sanchez 3 0-0 7, Hall 5 0-0 13, Goodenoven 3 1-3 7, Shelton 9 0-0 20, Koch 2 1-2 5, Langston, Alston. Totals: 24 3-9 57.

Three-pointers Enterprise, none; Sherman County, Hall 3, Shelton 2, Sanchez. Fouled out None. Total fouls Enterprise 11, Sherman County 16. Technical fouls None.

Lapwai dunks Cove by 60

UNION Lapwai set the tone right away with dunks galore in a 98-38 win over Cove Friday.

The visiting Wildcats stormed past Cove at the Union Lions Club Tournament.

I think the first 10 points were off dunks, Cove coach Todd Gorham said. But Im happy with our young kids played.

I knew what we were up against before the game and I told the kids not to get discouraged because of the score. I just wanted us to play the best we can.

Lapwai led 52-20 at the half and scored 20 or more points in all but the second quarter.

Andrae Domebo scored a game-high 22 points for Lapwai. Lonnie Bisbee added 19 and Rickey Jones had 18.

Cove (0-1) was led by Devan Franks 17 points, including three 3-pointers.

Lapwai (Idaho) boys 34 18 26 20 98

Cove 11 9 15 3 38

Lapwai Post, Bybee 0 1-2 1, Jones 9 0-2 18, Bronson 5 1-1 11, Dozier 5 0-0 10, Ragan 1 0-0 2, An.Domebo 10 2-5 22, Bisbee 8 3-6 19, Au.Domebo 0 0-2 0, Arthur 4 0-0 8, McCormack 2 0-0 4, G.Domebo 1 1-2 3. Totals: 45 8-20 98.

Cove Pfel 1 0-0 2, McLaughlin 0 1-2 1, Hagey, Marshall 1 0-1 2, Marler 2 5-7 9, Altenburg 1 1-2 3, Taylor 0 0-1 0, Frank 7 3-5 17, Manley 0 1-5 1. Totals: 12 11-23 38.

Three-pointers Lapwai, none; Cove, Frank 3. Fouled out None. Total fouls Lapwai 24, Cove 20. Technical fouls Jones, Bybee, Marshall.

 
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