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Union boys hold off Pine-Eagle 55-51

PULLING DOWN THE BOARD: Union's Ben Williamson scored 24 points to lead the Bobcats past Pine-Eagle 55-51 Saturday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
PULLING DOWN THE BOARD: Union's Ben Williamson scored 24 points to lead the Bobcats past Pine-Eagle 55-51 Saturday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

UNION — The Union boys picked up a much-needed Wapiti League basketball win over Pine-Eagle Saturday.

"It's good," Union's Ben Williamson said after the 55-51 victory. "I'm glad we could pull it out again."

Williamson poured in 24 points to lead the Bobcats (2-4 in league, 3-9 overall).

He said the coaches told the players not to give up.

The Bobcats led by four points heading into the fourth quarter and made key shots down the stretch to secure the win.

Union's Joe Craig made a tough shot in the paint to put the Bobcats in front for good at 47-44.

Gavin Watson's baseline jumper extended the Bobcat lead to 49-45. Pine-Eagle's Dan Kaesemeyer stole the ball and missed a wide open lay-up which would have sliced the deficit to two points with a little over 2:30 remaining.

"We couldn't buy a bucket," Pine-Eagle coach Lyn Akers said.

Kasemeyer stole the ball again and was fouled making one free throw to make the score 49-46. Craig's putback put the Bobcats ahead 51-46.

Kasemeyer hit a baseline jumper to cut the deficit to 51-48.

Marks made one free throw to make the score 51-49 with 1:04 left. The Spartans lost the ball out of bounds with 36 seconds. Williamson's bucket made it 53-49 with 25 seconds left.

Williamson sealed the win after missing the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds. He rebounded his own miss and had another lay-in to make it 55-49.

Union coach James Freitag said the Bobcats are starting to pick things up and maintain their composure.

He said the Bobcats did a "better job blocking out" in the second half.

The Bobcats host Enterprise Friday and play at Joseph Saturday.

Union's Josh Smith had eight points, followed by Watson with seven and Jim Garwood and Craig with six apiece.

Union 55, Pine-Eagle 51

Pine-Eagle boys 15 10 10 16 — 51

Union 12 13 14 16 — 55

Pine-Eagle — Brad Casch 3 0-1 7, Corby Wickham 2 7-8 11, Dan Kaesemeyer 5 2-3 12, Chance Marks 2 4-6 8, Ryan Kihn 1 2-2 4, Eric Lower 3 3-5 9, Dusty Traw. Totals: 16 18-25 51.

Union — Josh Smith 3 0-0 8, Gavin Watson 2 1-2 7, Jim Garwood 3 0-0 6, Gavin Carman 1 0-0 2, Joe Craig 3 0-2 6, Tyrel Langford 1 0-0 2, Ben Williamson 11 2-3 24, Rudy Turner, Kasey Towne. Totals: 24 3-7 55.

Three-pointers — Pine-Eagle 1 (Casch); Union 4 (Smith 2, Watson 2). Fouled out — Casch. Total fouls — Pine-Eagle 11, Union 21. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Union def. Pine-Eagle 25-23 (one half).

La Grande whips Baker 73-32

BAKER CITY — The La Grande boys won their third straight basketball game Saturday, crushing Baker on the road.

The Tigers (2-0 Greater Oregon League, 5-6 overall) are settling in and playing good defense, coach Aaron Mills said.

"Things are really clicking for us now," he said.

Ben Pettit led the Tigers with 17 points and eight blocks. "It was ridiculous," he said about one of Pettit's blocks which he described as being like a volleyball spike.

Aaron Nebeker had eight steals and nine points. Mills said the Tigers "caught fire" after Nebeker's 30-foot shot at the buzzer in the first half.

The Tigers made 11 3-pointers.

Rick Anderson chipped in 12 points for the Tigers.

On the down side, Mills said Jeremy Hamill either badly sprained or broke his wrist.

Matt Bunch led Baker with nine points.

La Grande 73, Baker 32

La Grande boys 19 13 16 25 — 73

Baker 12 3 4 13 — 32

La Grande — Ben Pettit 5 7-7 17, Rick Anderson 4 2-4 12, Aaron Nebeker 3 1-1 9, Tyler Tucker 2 2-2 8, Kelly Moore 2 0-0 6, Cory Steele 2 1-3 6, Kevin Bomberger 2 0-0 5, Trent Evins 1 1-2 4, Jeremy Hamill 1 1-2 3, Shaun Cederholm 0 3-4 3, Troy Stebbins, Jim Townsend. Totals: 22 18-25 73.

Baker — Bunch 2 4-7 9, Smith 4 0-0 8, Steven Heffernan 2 1-2 6, Sheldon Heffernan 2 0-0 4, Vaughn 0 2-2 2, Haberle 1 0-0 2, Hall 0 1-2 1, DaMastus, Ratterman, Johnson, Wigel. Totals: 10 8-14 32.

Three-pointers — La Grande 11 (Anderson 2, Nebeker 2, Tucker 2, Moore 2, Steele, Bomberger, Evins; Baker 4 (Bunch, Smith 2, Steven Heffernan). Fouled out — Ratterman, Smith. Total fouls — La Grande 15, Baker 25. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Baker 39, La Grande 33.

Rough third quarter hurts Imbler boys

IMBLER — The Nyssa boys handed the Imbler Panthers their first Wapiti League basketball loss Saturday.

"They outhustled us in the third quarter," Imbler coach Ken Kramer said about the 59-55 loss.

The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the third quarter. They also sank 12-for-16 free throws in the fourth.

Tanner McIntosh had 14 points to lead the Panthers, followed by John McKinnis with 10.

The Panthers (5-1 in league, 12-2) travel to Halfway to take on Pine-Eagle Friday and host Grant Union Saturday.

Nyssa 59, Imbler 55

Nyssa boys 9 9 23 18 — 59

Imbler 14 15 10 16 — 55

Nyssa — Holiday 10 6-6 27, Fuentes 1 3-4 5, Baker 1 0-0 2, Waldo 2 2-2 6, Paz 1 5-6 7, Escobedo 5 2-6 12, Whitmire, Garcia, Parra, Holcomb. Totals: 20 18-24 59.

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 3 0-0 6, Travis Hoskins 3 0-0 6, Trevor Crow 2 0-0 4, John McKinnis 4 2-2 10, Tanner McIntosh 6 2-3 14, Cody Campbell 1 3-3 6, Max Nilsson 1 0-0 2, Jayce Hewitt 3 1-2 7. Totals: 23 8-10 55.

Three-pointers — Nyssa 1 (Holiday); Imbler 1 (Campbell). Fouled out — McKinnis, Hoskins. Total fouls — Nyssa 14, Imbler 17. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Nyssa 52, Imbler 51.

Lathrop's 37 points spark Joseph in win

JOSEPH — Joseph's Cole Lathrop poured in 37 points as the Eagles defeated Enterprise 78-48 in Wapiti League basketball Saturday.

"Cole Lathrop is unstoppable," Enterprise coach Duff Pace said.

Lathrop also had 16 rebounds.

"He dominated inside and played well outside," Pace said.

Joseph coach Ron Lathrop said the Eagles took care of the ball and rebounded well.

Malte Sievers had 10 rebounds and four points, Corey Otten had six rebounds and 12 points, and Kyle Hook had six rebounds and 10 points.

Pace said Clay Freels did a wonderful job inside. "He played as hard as he could," he said. Freels finished with 13 points.

Pace was also pleased with Tim Horrock's good defense.

"Those boys (Jake Thompson, Jake VanderZanden and Cole Phinney) played their hearts out," he said.

The Eagles (4-2 in league, 10-3 overall) play at Elgin, while Enterprise (0-6, 2-12) plays at Union Friday.

Joseph 78, Enterprise 48

Joseph boys 16 17 27 18 — 78

Enterprise 5 16 8 19 — 48

Joseph — Corey Otten 6 0-0 12, Andy Hayes 2 0-0 4, Kyle Hook 2 4-6 10, Cole Lathrop 16 4-6 37, Tristan Patton 2 0-1 4, Tristan Gorsline 1 0-1 2, Malte Sievers 2 0-0 4, Derek Layton 2 1-2 5, Lane Bailey, Chad Dotson, Justin Bird. Totals: 33 9-16 78.

Enterprise — Tony Swart 1 0-0 2, Andy Marcum 1 2-2 5, Jake Thompson 1 2-2 5, Zach Gassett 3 1-3 7, Clay Freels 3 0-0 7, Kyle Stookey 1 1-2 3, Cole Phinney 2 1-2 5, Brinn Jones 0 1-2 1, Kyle Bollman, Jake VanderZanden, Tim Horrocks. Totals: 15 10-17 48.

Three-pointers — Joseph 3 (Hook 2, Lathrop); Enterprise 4 (Marcum, Thompson, Freels, C. Swart). Rebound leader — Lathrop 16. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Joseph 19, Enterprise 15. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Joseph def. Enterprise.

Cove pulls away from Badgers in fourth

NORTH POWDER — The Powder Valley basketball boys gave first-place Cove a handful, but the Leopards hit shots and free throws down the stretch to hold off the Badgers 61-48.

Cove, bouncing back from a Friday night loss against Wallowa, was ahead just 40-39 after three quarters, but outscored the Badgers 21-9 in the fourth.

"It was just a struggle until the fourth. Our guys finally decided we weren't going to lose," said Cove coach Todd Gorham.

Cove is tied for first place in the Old Oregon League with a 4-1 record (7-3 overall). Powder Valley is 3-3 in league (7-7 overall).

Cove had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. The Leopards were led by Chris Taylor, who scored 17 and Josh Pfel, who scored 15.

Powder Valley was led by freshman Justus Gray, who poured in 16 points.

Powder Valley also won on the road Friday against Adrian 73-31. Gray led the Badgers with 15, while Todd Baxter scored 13 and Kaycee Shroyer 12.

Cove hosts Crane Friday, while Powder Valley hosts the Mustangs Saturday.

Cove 61, Powder Valley 48

Cove boys 9 21 10 21 — 61

Powder Valley 14 12 13 9 — 48

Cove — Josh Pfel 7 1-4 15, Sean Louden 1 2-2 5, Andy Altenburg 1 0-0 2, Chris Taylor 5 6-12 17, Devan Frank 5 1-5 12, Tom VanNice 3 4-5 10, Jake Locken, Tanner Marshall. Totals: 22 14-28 61.

Powder Valley — Justus Gray 16, Bryson Allen 3 0-0 6, Deven Thompson 2 0-0 6, Kaycee Shroyer 4 0-2 8, Tom Weems 1 0-0 2, Arden Perkins 0 0-2 0, Todd Baxter 3 2-7 8, Rylie Wendt. Total: 20 3-15 48.

Three-pointers — Cove 3 (Louden, Taylor, Frank); PV 5 (Allen 2, Thompson 2, Gray). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Cove 12, PV 22. Technical fouls — Cove coach, Shroyer.

JV result — Cove def. Powder Valley

Powder Valley 73, Adrian 31

Powder Valley 15 18 21 19 — 73

Adrian boys 7 7 13 4 — 31

Adrian — Bowns 1 0-0 2, Jones 4 0-1 8, Branstiter 1 0-0 2, Ashton 4 4-7 13, Buchholz 2 0-0 4, Wagstaff 1 0-0 2, Rust 0 0-2 0, Davis 0 0-2 0, Brown, May. Totals: 13 4-14.

Powder Valley — Gray 7 0-0 15, Thompson 3 0-0 7, Allen 3 1-2 9, Baxter 6 1-5 13, Shroyer 6 0-0 12, Weems 4 0-2 9, Wendt 1 0-4 2, Perkins 3 0-2 6, Rick Stephens, Riley Whiteman, Kevin Hopson.

Three-pointers — PV 5 (Allen 2, Gray, Thompson, Weems). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — PV 14, Adrian 17. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Powder Valley def. Adrian.

Elgin boys bury Grant Union in the fourth

ELGIN — The Elgin basketball boys were locked in a tough duel with Grant Union Saturday night until they exploded in a 21-5 fourth quarter to win going 62-41.

Elgin hit seven 3-pointers, with Brandon Evans and J.T. Keating each hitting three. Evans finished with 21 points, while Keating scored 14 and Charlie Schumacher 13.

"In the third quarter, we really turned up the defense, and we shot the ball a lot better," said coach Kyle Evans.

Elgin, right in the thick of the playoff hunt at 4-2 in league (9-3 overall), hosts a tough Joseph team Friday.

Elgin 62, Grant Union 41

Grant Union 9 14 13 5 — 41

Elgin boys 12 14 16 21 — 62

Grant Union — Thunell 4 1-2 11, Carpenter 1 0-0 3, Rawlings 2 0-0 5, Koing 4 0-0 8, Rose 1 1-4 4, Page 1 0-0 2, Eddy 1 0-0 2, Moore 3 0-0 6. Totals: 17 2-4 41.

Elgin — Ricky Foster 1 3-6 5, Bill Miller 0 0-2 0, Codi Burgess 1 1-2 3, Skyler Payne 3 0-0 6, Brandon Evans 6 6-10 21, Charlie Schumacher 6 0-2 13, J.T. Keating 4 3-4 14. Totals: 21 13-26 62.

Three-pointers — GU 5 (Thunell 2, Carpenter, Rawlings, Rose); Elgin 7 (Evans 3, Keating 3, Schumacher). Fouled out — Koing. Total fouls — GU 19, Elgin 13. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Grant Union def. Elgin.

Wallowa boys win fourth straight

WALLOWA — The Wallowa basketball boys remained in a three-way tie for first place in the Old Oregon League after beating Adrian 68-47 Saturday.

Wallowa (4-1 in OOL, 7-5 overall) is tied for first with Jordan Valley and Cove, both of whom won as well Saturday.

Wallowa coach Gerry McLain said his boys seemed drained Saturday after an emotional win over Cove Friday night, but that they played well enough to win.

The Cougars were led by Ryan Harshfield's 19 points, followed by Dustin Byers with 17 and Caleb Pringle with 13.

Wallowa travels to Prairie City Friday.

Wallowa 68, Adrian 47

Adrian 11 15 6 15 — 47

Wallowa boys 19 16 18 15 — 68

Adrian — Bowns 0 2-5 2, Jones 6 6-7 19, Branstiter 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2, Buchholz 3 1-4 7, Wagstaff 5 2-4 14, Davis 0 1-2 1, Rust, Ashton. Totals: 16 12-22 47.

Wallowa — Adam Evans 3 1-2 7, Patrick Green 3 2-3 9, Ryan Harshfield 9 0-0 19, Caleb Pringle 6 1-1 13, Kianoa Delatori 1 0-0 3, Dustin Byers 8 0-0 17, Kaleb Oveson, Geoff Long, Jeremy McCulloch, Jake Redfield. Totals: 30 4-6 68.

Three-pointers — Adrian 3 (Wagstaff 2, Jones); Wallowa 4 (Green, Harshfield, Delatori, Byers). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Adrian 8, Wallowa 19. Technical fouls — none.

JV score — Wallowa 61, Adrian 33.

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