TIGERS BEAT THE DALLES TO EVEN THE MARK AT 2-2

December 17, 2001 11:00 pm
NON-LEAGUE ACTION: La Grande's Steve McMahan scored 11 points Monday to help guide the Tigers to a 58-51 non-league victory over The Dalles. (Observer file photo).
NON-LEAGUE ACTION: La Grande's Steve McMahan scored 11 points Monday to help guide the Tigers to a 58-51 non-league victory over The Dalles. (Observer file photo).

By The Observer

Dallan Labram nearly carried The Dalles to victory Monday night. He could have used some help from his teammates.

The 6-foot-8 post player scored 27 of his 35 points in the second half, but the La Grande Tigers got balanced scoring and held on for a 58-51 non-league boys basketball victory at home.

He was a little bigger than everybody weve got, La Grande coach Aaron Mills said.

He was hard to deal with in the second half. Some of the shots he was making were really tough shots. He was just knocking down shots inside and outside.

Despite Labrams outburst, La Grande outscored The Dalles 37-36 in the second half after leading 21-15 at halftime.

Steve McMahan and Seth Pennington each scored 11 points for La Grande, which improved to 2-2.

The game started slowly.

They were kind of slowing the ball down and we couldnt hit a shot in the first quarter, said Mills, who attributed it to nerves.

La Grandes offense in its six-point quarter consisted of one jump shot and two layups. The Dalles didnt do much better, with a 3-pointer and a layup by Labram.

We kind of calmed down in the second quarter and made a run on them, Mills said. We felt pretty good at halftime. We felt like we were doing some good things.

With the balanced scoring in the second half, La Grande kept its lead.

It was definitely a team deal. We dont have the kind of kids like that big kid from The Dalles. We definitely have to feed off each other and set us up for shots, Mills said.

La Grande resumes action Thursday at the Pendleton Tournament. The Tigers face Hood River at 3 p.m.

The Dalles 5 10 16 20 51

La Grande 6 15 19 18 58

The Dalles Labram 14 5-9 35, VonBorotel 2 3-4 7, Crawford 1 2-2 5, Haener 1 1-3 3, Norris 0 1-2 1, Anderson, Koch, Kelly, Jones. Totals: 18 12-20 51.

La Grande McMahan 4 0-0 11, Pennington 5 1-2 11, Lester 3 0-0 9, Nebeker 3 0-0 8, Mellinger 3 1-2 8, Tucker 1 0-0 2, MacDonald 1 0-0 2, Moore 1 0-0 2, Bomberger, Team 5. Totals: 21 2-4 58.

Three-pointers The Dalles, Labram 2, Crawford; La Grande, McMahan 3, Lester 3, Nebeker 2, Mellinger. Fouled out None. Total fouls La Grande 18, The Dalles 14. Technical fouls None.