COVE BOYS LOSE HEARTBREAKER ON FINAL SHOT

December 14, 2002 12:00 am

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

IMBLER — T.J. Parrish's lay-up with two seconds lifted the Weston-McEwen TigerScots over the Cove Leopards 77-76 in a physical contest at the Imbler Tournament Friday.

"I told them at the beginning we were outmanned here — push back," Cove coach Todd Gorham said. "I'm so proud of those guys. They fought tooth and nail the whole way."

The Leopards' Justin Marler knotted the score at 73-73 with a bucket at 38 seconds. Marler had 15 of his team-high 34 points in the fourth.

Zach Johnson put the TigerScots ahead 75-73 with 19 seconds remaining.

Gorham called timeout with 11 seconds and set up a play for Marler to hit a three-pointer to win the game.

Instead, the TigerScots took away the three-point opportunity, so Marler went inside for two points and was fouled, setting up a three-point play with seven seconds left. Marler hit the free throw for a 76-75 lead.

The TigerScots inbounded the ball with seven seconds remaining and a pass from Johnson to Parrish scored the game-winning shot.

The momentum had swung to the Leopards in the fourth after a double technical was called on the TigerScots' Bobby Parrish and Cove's Chris Taylor at the end of the third. Parrish had blocked Taylor's shot and taunting was called.

The Leopards erased a 57-47 deficit at the start of the fourth. Russell Hurst's back-to-back baskets, Justin Marler's three-point shot and Andy Altenburg's lay-in tied the game at 57-57 with 6:30 to go.

After the tie, both teams traded baskets the rest of the game.

Gorham said he was proud of the effort put forth by the Leopards.

"The kids showed a lot of heart, you know, that's what playing basketball is about," he said.

Josh Pfel had 11 points and Taylor 10 for the Leopards.

Johnson led the TigerScots with 28 points. T.J. Parrish had 19 points.

Cove (1-2) plays Stanfield today.

Cove boys 20 13 14 29 — 76

Weston-McEwen 17 20 20 20 — 77

Cove — Justin Marler 10 9-13 34, Josh Pfel 4 2-4 11, Tanner Marshall 2 0-0 4, Russell Hurst 3 0-0 8, Andy Altenburg 2 1-2 5, Chris Taylor 4 2-5 10, John Pfel 2 0-4 4, Tom VanNice, Jason Hagey. Totals: 27 14-28 76.

Weston-McEwen — Dan Tucker 1 1-2 3, T.J. Parrish 7 2-2 19, Epi Brito 1 0-0 2, Eric Delph 1 1-2 4, Beau Amundson 4 0-0 8, Zach Johnson 13 2-4 28, Dusty Minthorn 4 5-9 13, Alec Sheard, Bobby Parrish, Monty Davis, Riley Allen. Totals: 33 11-19 77.

Three-pointers — Cove 8 (Marler 5, Hurst 2, Josh Pfel); Weston-McEwen 4 (T.J. Parrish 3, Delph). Fouled out — Delph, Altenburg, John Pfel. Total fouls — Cove 17, Weston-McEwen 20. Technical fouls — Taylor, B. Parrish.

ENTERPRISE REGROUPS AFTER SLOW START

ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise basketball boys put together two good quarters to hold off Wheeler County Friday for a 62-49 non-league win in a tournament here.

After scoring six points in the first, Enterprise had 23 in the second and 22 in the third to build up a huge lead.

Wheeler County did outscore Enterprise 19-11 in the fourth, but Enterprise came away with the win.

"All and all, it was a fine effort for us," Enterprise coach Duff Pace said.

He said Enterprise had 10 turnovers and the guards did a fine job controlling the ball.

Grady Rawls led Enterprise (2-1) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Gilbert had 12 rebounds to go along with eight points.

John Moore led Wheeler County with 13 points.

Enterprise plays Wallowa today for the championship.

"We're pleased we're in the championship round," Pace said. "We're excited about that."

Wheeler County 9 14 7 19 — 49

Enterprise boys 6 23 22 11 — 62

Wheeler County — John Moore 4 2-3 13, James Pack 3 4-6 10, Rick Moore 3 0-0 6, Chase Schultz 2 2-4 7, Joe Kloak 4 0-0 8, Steve Pierce 2 1-1 5, Colin Laing. Totals: 18 9-14 49.

Enterprise — Tony Swart 4-11 1-1 9, Andy Marcum 1-2 2-2 5, Kevin Gomes 3-6 0-0 9, Grady Rawls 9-16 4-7 22, Clay Freels 1-1 0-0 2, Craig Swart 1-4 0-0 2, Tim Gilbert 3-8 2-6 8, Brandon Kiser 0-5 3-4 3, Kelsey Lukens 1-1 0-0 2, Kyle Bollman 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Gassett. Totals: 23-47 13-22 62.

Three-pointers — Wheeler County 4 (Moore 3, Schultz); Enterprise 3 (Gomes 2, Marcum). Rebound leader — Gilbert 12. Fouled out — Moore, Kloak. Total fouls — Wheeler County 16, Enterprise 16. Technical fouls — None.

SPAUR'S 39 PACES WALLOWA TO VICTORY

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa will play Enterprise for the tourney championship today after its 67-36 non-league win over Ione Friday.

"We shot well, defended well," Wallowa coach Gerry McLain said. "Everything clicked."

Randy Spaur poured in 39 points to lead Wallowa.

"He was really on fire," McLain said.

He said Wallowa (1-2) was able to spread the floor, set screens and back cuts.

Ryan Harshfield had an excellent game, in addition to Spaur, McLain said. Harshfield had 15 points.

McLain said Wallowa shot well from the free-throw line sinking 14 of 17 (82 percent).

Tyler Brown scored 12 points to lead Ione.

Ione 8 8 11 9 — 36

Wallowa boys 14 20 18 15 — 67

Ione — Tyler Brown 5 0-0 12, Nick Christman 2 0-0 4, Andrew Reitmann 2 0-0 4, Cayle Krebs 1 0-0 2, Billy Gates 2 1-1 6, Karl Morgan 0 2-2 2, Mike Raclie 1 1-2 3, Kelly Thompson 1 1-2 3, Tyler Raible, Curtis Thompson, Arthur Gastrom. Totals: 14 5-7 36.

Wallowa — Dustin Byers 0 2-2 2, Ryan Harshfield 7 0-0 15, Caleb Pringle 1 1-2 3, Randy Spaur 13 10-10 39, Kyle McDaniel 1 1-2 4, Wes Walker 1 0-0 2, Andrew Long 1 0-1 2, Chris Williams. Totals: 24 14-17 67.

Three-pointers — Ione, Brown 2, Gates; Wallowa, Harshfield, Spaur 3, McDaniel. Total fouls — Ione 19, Wallowa 9. Technical fouls — None.

JOSEPH'S DEFENSE STIFLES MARSING

HALFWAY — The Joseph basketball boys had three scorers in double figures and kept Marsing limited to only 13 first-half points en route to a 61-31 win Friday at the Pine-Eagle Tournament.

"I was really pleased with our defense," said coach Ron Lathrop.

Eric Butterfield led the way with 19 points. Jake Layton scored 14 and Cory Otten 12. No one for Marsing scored in double figures.

The Eagles (2-0) play again tonight in the finale of the tournament against Powder Valley.

Joseph boys 16 16 20 9 — 61

Marsing 7 6 12 6 — 31

Joseph — Cory Otten 5 2-2 12, Andy Hayes 1 0-0 2, Tristan Gorsline 0 0-3 0, Jake Layton 5 4-6 14, Dustin Gibbs 3 0-1 7, Eric Butterfield 6 5-8 19, Cole Lathrop 3 1-2 7. Totals: 23 12-21.

Marsing — Scott Skipper 2 2-2 6, Kirby Cook 1 3-4 5, Robert Gonzales 0 0-2 0, Will Caldwell 4 0-1 8, Cody Usabel 3 0-0 7, Adam Agueros 2 0-0 4, Jake Chenoweth 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 5-11 31.

Three-pointers — Joseph 3 (Butterfield 2, Gibbs); Marsing 1 (Usabel). Fouled out — Cook, Waldwell. Total fouls — Joseph 17, Marsing 21.

JV score — Joseph 42, Marsing 28

IMBLER OVERPOWERS STANFIELD 77-41

IMBLER — Ten of 12 Imbler Panthers contributed offensively in the boys' 77-41 non-league win Friday in the Imbler Tournament.

Tanner McIntosh was the high scorer for the Panthers with 24, followed by Ethan Davis with 17. Trevor Crow added 10 points and eight assists.

The Panthers out-rebounded Stanfield 45-28. McIntosh had 11, while Davis and Travis Hoskins had seven apiece.

"We ran the floor pretty well," Imbler coach Ken Kramer said. "We're starting to come together as a team."

Aaron Abercrombie paced Stanfield with 11 points.

Imbler (3-0) plays Weston-McEwen today at approximately 6 or 6:30 p.m. for the championship.

Stanfield 7 19 8 7 — 41

Imbler boys 21 17 20 19 — 77

Stanfield — Aaron Abercrombie 3-7 4-6 11, Jacob Flemmer 5-10 0-3 10, Chuy Perches 2-7 3-3 7, Jason Sperr 0-3 0-0 0, Tyler Gabriel 1-6 3-4 5, Kyle Sobotta 3-4 0-0 6, Alonso Rivera 0-2 0-0 0, Jason Flemmer 1-3 0-1 2, Michael Sobotta, Ricky Perches. Totals: 15-42 10-17 41.

Imbler — Alan O'Donald 1-4 0-0 2, Travis Hoskins 2-5 2-4 6, Trevor Crow 4-9 2-2 10, Ethan Davis 6-13 4-8 17, Tanner McIntosh 7-14 8-10 24, Cody Campbell 0-1 0-1 0, Bryan Davidson 1-3 0-0 2, John McKinnis 1 2-4 4, Colin Culbreth 3-5 1-2 7, Jayce Hewitt 1-2 1-2 3, Troy Hoskins 1-5 0-0 2, Olan Fulfur. Totals: 27-63 20-33 77.

Three-pointers — Stanfield 1 (Abercrombie); Imbler 2 (Davis, McIntosh). Rebound leader — McIntosh 11. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Stanfield 22, Imbler 20. Technical fouls — None.