JOSEPH WINS WAPITI OPENER; ENTERPRISE UPSETS UNION BOYS

January 04, 2002 11:00 pm

By The Observer

WALLOWA The Wallowa Cougars only suited up seven players for Fridays Wapiti League opener against the Joseph Eagles, so how did they get a technical foul for having six players on the court?

It was a strange start to the fourth quarter, one Wallowa coach Gerry McLain wishes he could have back. The miscue effectively killed Wallowas rally that ended the third quarter with the Cougars down by 12.

Joseph went on a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter and won 62-39.

If we could have gotten away with that, we would have made a good run at them, McLain said. That was probably the worst technical I ever got in my life.

McLain took the postgame ribbing in stride, especially considering Joseph just overpowered his undermanned team in both the second and fourth quarters. The taller and bigger Eagles used their size to force Wallowa into poor shots; the Cougars had a single 3-pointer late in the second quarter as Joseph went on a 14-0 run.

Their height and size just intimidated us, because I had guys shooting airballs that never shoot airballs, McLain said.

Weary legs had something to do with that. With only seven players on varsity, McLain makes few substitutions and his players get few breathers.

We started to throw it away in the fourth quarter because we had tired legs and couldnt make it to the pass, he said.

Joseph (10-1 overall, 1-0 league) turned those turnovers into points. Levi Stubblefield had a game-high 17 points and Marcus Wells added 14.

Wallowa (5-5, 0-1) got 13 points from Casey Smergut and 12 more from Randy Spaur.

Joseph has the night off, while Wallowa visits Elgin.

Joseph boys 12 14 16 20 62

Wallowa 11 3 16 9 39

Joseph Nall 2 4-4 8, Stroup 4 0-0 9, Shear, Hayes 2 1-1 5, Wells 6 2-2 14, Braden 2 0-0 4, Cod.Lathrop 0 1-2 1, Gibbs, Butterfield, Col.Lathrop 2 0-2 4, Layton, Stubblefield 8 1-1 17. Totals: 26 9-12 62.

Wallowa McDaniel 1 1-2 3, Byers 1 0-0 2, C.Smergut 5 1-1 13, Spaur 4 3-6 12, Smith 0 0-1 0, Pringle 1 2-2 4, P.Smergut 2 0-0 5, Long. Totals: 14 7-12 39.

Three-pointers Joseph, Stroup; Wallowa, C.Smergut 2, Spaur, P.Smergut. Fouled out None. Total fouls Joseph 16, Wallowa 10. Technical fouls Cod.Lathrop, Smith, Wallowa bench (six players on court).

ENTERPRISE SHOCKS UNION

ENTERPRISE Enterprise pulled off the Wapiti League shocker of the night Friday by beating Union at home.

The visiting Bobcats, one of the teams favored for a district berth this season, fell 68-55.

Eric Stangel hit all three of his 3-pointers in the first half as Enterprise (3-6, 1-0) built a 38-25 halftime lead.

Union (4-5, 0-1) dropped its fourth straight. The Bobcats tried to rally in the second half, but Enterprise made 9-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold Union at bay.

Tim Gilbert scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Enterprise. Stangel added 16 points, and Kyle Crawford had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Jordi Steenstra scored a game-high 22 points for Union. Jeremy Shankel added 15.

Enterprise is at Pine-Eagle today, while Union hosts Imbler.

Union boys 15 10 15 15 55

Enterprise 21 17 13 17 68

Union Jos.Steenstra 1 0-0 3, maples 3 0-0 7, Jor.Steenstra 11 0-6 22, Dunbar 2 1-2 5, Shankel 5 5-7 15, Clark 1 0-0 2, maley 0 1-2 1, Satterfield, Warren, Johnson. Totals: 23 7-17 55.

Enterprise Stangel 3 7-8 16, Crawford 3 6-6 12, Gomes 3 1-3 8, Gilbert 8 2-2 19, Kiser 1 0-0 2, Lukens 4 1-6 9, Capdeville 1 0-0 2, T.Swart. Totals: 23 17-25 68.

Three-pointers Union, Jos.Steenstra, Maples; Enterprise, Stangel 3, Gomes, Gilbert. Fouled out None. Total fouls Union 22, Enterprise 15. Technical fouls None.

IMBLER SMACKS NYSSA

IMBLER Imbler used a red-hot first quarter to dominate Nyssa Friday in both teams Wapiti League opener.

The hosting Panthers grabbed a 29-11 first-quarter edge and never looked back en route to a 75-56 win.

It was our best quarter all year, Imbler coach Ken Kramer said.

Tanner McIntosh hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and finished with a game-high 24 points. Brandon Campbell and Colin Culbreth added 18 apiece for Imbler (6-5, 1-0).

Imbler travels to Union today.

Nyssa boys 11 12 16 17 56

Imbler 29 11 19 16 75

Nyssa Garcia 2 0-0 5, Holiday, Kite, Sapp 3 0-0 6, Martinez, Manley 2 1-1 5, Rodriguez 4 5-6 13, Talbott 2 0-0 4, Foster 1 0-0 2, Escobedo 3 2-3 8, Rasmussen 6 0-0 13. Totals: 23 8-10 56.

Imbler Campbell 6 6-8 18, Tra.Hoskins, Crow 1 0-2 3, Davis, McIntosh 9 2-3 24, Davidson, Glenn 3 0-0 8, Culbreth 6 6-7 18, Tro.Hoskins 2 0-0 4. Totals: 27 14-20 75.

Three-pointers Nyssa, Rasmussen, Garcia; Imbler, McIntosh 4, Glenn 2, Crow. Fouled out None. Total fouls Nyssa 20, Imbler 14. Technical fouls None.

BADGERS BLAST ADRIAN

NORTH POWDER It was a runaway from the start for Powder Valley Friday.

The Badgers used a 26-6 first quarter as it defeated visiting Adrian 79-45 in both teams Old Oregon League opener.

Brody Turner scored a game-high 25 points, and Riley Martin added 18.

Powder (6-5, 1-0), winner of five of its last six, completed 17-of-42 from the free throw line.

We took the ball to the hole quite a bit tonight and were pretty aggressive, Powder Valley coach Blake Jones said.

Powder travels to Jordan Valley, the defending Class 1A state champions, today.

Adrian boys 6 17 6 16 45

Powder Valley 26 17 13 23 79

Adrian Bounds, Jones 1 0-3 2, Hutchings 1 1-2 3, Ashton 0 2-4 2, Cirley 1 0-0 2, Reynolds, Thornley 3 0-4 9, Shank 4 0-0 9, Crocker 2 1-1 5, Wagstaff, Menchaca 6 1-6 13. Totals: 18 5-17 45.

Powder Valley Browne 4 0-2 8, Dozier 2 0-2 5, Taylor, Thompson 1 1-4 4, Turner 8 9-13 25, Weems, Lyman 3 0-2 6, Heffernan 5 1-6 11, Baxter 0 2-2 2, Swales 0 0-2 0, Martin 7 4-9 18. Totals: 30 17-42 79.

Three-pointers Adrian, Thornley 3, Shank; Powder Valley, Dozier, Thompson. Fouled out Cirley, Reynolds, Shank. Total fouls Adrian 30, Powder Valley 19. Technical fouls None.

COVE FALLS TO MUSTANGS

COVE Jordan Valley opened its Class 1A title defense with a 62-21 Old Oregon League win over Cove Friday.

The Leopards fell at home to the defending state champs.

Jordan Valley played really well. They did much better than the last time we played them, Cove coach Todd Gorham said.

Cove fell to Jordan Valley 47-28 on Dec. 21 at the Wallowa Tournament.

Shawn McLaughlin, Justin Marler, Devan Frank and Jeff Manley had four points apiece to lead Cove (0-8, 0-1).

The Leopards travel to Prairie City today.

Jordan Valley boys 21 13 15 13 62

Cove 4 8 6 3 21

Jordan Valley J.Anderson 5 1-3 11, Freese 3 0-0 7, McKenzie 3 0-1 6, Eiguren 1 0-0 2, Lequerica 5 4-6 4, Uhalde 5 0-3 11, Conneno 1 0-0 2, Grenke 1 0-0 3, P.Anderson 2 2-4 6. Totals: 26 7-17 62.

Cove McLaughlin 2 0-0 4, Marler 2 0-0 4, Altenburg 1 0-0 2, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Frank 2 0-0 4, Manley 1 1-2 4, Van Nice 0 1-2 1, Pfel, Hagey, Marshall. Totals: 9 2-4 21.

Three-pointers Jordan Valley, Freese, Uhalde, Grenke; Cove, Manley. Fouled out Frank. Total fouls Jordan Valley 10, Cove 14. Technical fouls None.