La Grande’s Brandon Dall had a game-high 17 points in the Tigers’ loss to South Umpqua Friday. BRAD MOSHER/The Observer
The La Grande Tigers got off to a slow start Friday that ended the seniors’ playoff dreams with a 65-57 loss to South Umpqua.
The visiting Lancers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead before La Grande’s Tyson Wicklander put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
The Lancers built up a 12-2 lead before Troy Williams hit his first 3-pointer of the game to start the Tigers scoring surge with five minutes left in the first quarter. William’s second 3-pointer with 2:22 left cut the Lancers’ lead to 14-12, before South Umpqua closed out the period with a 21-18 lead.
Brandon Dall made it a one-point lead at the start of the second period, 21-20, only to have the Lancers start a 6-0 run to take a 28-20 lead.
Williams hit his third 3-pointer of the first half to cut the lead 30-27 with about three minutes left. The Lancers responded with a 7-0 run in the next minute, going into the half with a 39-31 lead.
At the start of the third quarter, South Umpqua opened a big lead with a 9-0 run while the Tigers didn’t score for more than four minutes.
The Lancers had a 17-point lead (48-31) when Wicklander stole the ball and scored with 3:40 left in the period. Kaleb White hit his only 3-pointer in the game, cutting the lead to 12 points.
The Lancers started the fourth quarter with a 53-39 lead and added another score to make it a 16-point advantage.
Then the Tigers responded with an 18-10 run that almost pulled out a victory for La Grande.
Kurt Boyd and Dall each added a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter rally.
Halfway through the period, La Grande closed the gap to five on Wicklander’s basket (56-51).
South Umpqua responded with two quick baskets to take a 60-51 lead, but La Grande’s Dall and John Bodfish scored to cut the lead to five again with 1:15 left in the game.
Matt Yarbrough hit two free throws with 1:05 left to give the Lancers a 62-55 lead, but Bodfish hit his only basket of the game with 25 seconds left, cutting the lead again to five points (62-57).
Brevin Ball hit two free throws with 15 seconds left and Erik Johnson added one more free throw with two seconds to end the scoring.
Page led the Lancers in scoring with 16 points, while Nathan Phillips added 12, Yarbrough put in 11 and Erik Johnson added 10. Ball finished the game with nine points, while D.J. Holloway added seven.
While Dall was the game’s high-scorer with 17, Wicklander was the only other Tiger in double figures with 13 points. Williams’ had nine on his trifecta of treys, while Kaleb White hit for seven points and
Jake Powell put in four. Boyd scored three points and Bodfish had two.