LA GRANDE TEAMS STAY PERFECT IN GOL

January 24, 2004 12:00 am

Boys run away from Riverside in second half

BOARDMAN — The La Grande basketball boys were locked in a relatively tight game with Riverside Friday night, but a spectacular Ben Pettit dunk helped blow away the Pirates in the second half.

La Grande won 65-36 to go 3-0 in Greater Oregon League play (6-6 overall).

The Tigers' Rick Anderson led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points. Five La Grande players scored seven or more points and a total of nine Tigers scored.

La Grande held a 32-23 lead at the half, but then blitzed the Pirates 33-13 in the second.

"They (Riverside) played a really good first half," said coach Aaron Mills.

Mills said about halfway through the third quarter, La Grande pressed, and forced a couple of steals to start pulling away. Then, 6-foot-6 Pettit had a big reverse dunk — his second of the season — that seemed to take the fight out of Riverside.

"That was it. The wind went out of them. This was like a college kid dunking it," said Mills.

La Grande's home game today against Burns was postponed due to snowy roads.

La Grande 65, Riverside 36

La Grande boys 19 13 17 16 — 65

Riverside 10 13 9 4 — 36

La Grande — Rick Anderson 5 1-1 16, Ben Pettit 5 1-3 11, Aaron Nebeker 4 2-2 10, Cory Steele 3 2-2 8, Kevin Bomberger 2 0-0 4, Tyler Tucker 2 2-2 7, Shaun Cederholm 2 1-2 3, Jim Tonwsend 0 1-2 1, Troy Stebbins 0 1-2 1, Christian Siltanen, Trent Evins. Totals: 24 11-16 65.

Riverside — McGill 1 5-5 8, Nailer 3 0-0 6, Kegler 1 2-4 4, Pritchard 2 0-0 4, Sorenson 2 0-1 4, Johnson 1 1-1 3, Young 1 0-0 2, Dirken 0 1-2 1, Jones. Totals: 13 9-14 36.

Three-pointers — La Grande 2 (Anderson, Tucker); Riverside 1 (McGill). Fouled out — Cederholm. Total fouls — La Grande 17, Riverside 14. Technical fouls — La Grande bench.

JV result — La Grande def. Riverside.

Girls blow Riverside out of the gym in the first half

BOARDMAN — The La Grande basketball girls got off to a sizzling start against Riverside Friday night, then cruised for a 51-36 win.

The win keeps the Tigers (3-0 in Greater Oregon League, 7-6 overall) in a first-place tie with Burns.

The Tigers got ahead 31-10 at the end of the first half.

"We played well for the the first 16 minutes," said coach Isaac Williams.

Williams said the girls let down a bit in the second half, but by then they had such a big lead, Riverside never seriously threatened.

Amber Rasmussen led the Tigers with 14 points, while Jill Jensen scored 13.

Burns will be coming to La Grande for the Tigers' next league game (see box, left) sometime next week. The date of that game has not been determined yet.

Burns is ranked No. 1 in the state, but La Grande is used to being a giant-killer. Ontario came in to La Grande's gym last year as the No. 1 3A girls' team in the state, and La Grande ended up easily handling them.

La Grande 51, Riverside 36

La Grande girls 14 17 8 12 — 51

Riverside 4 6 14 12 — 36

La Grande — Morgan Bonney 2 0-0 4, Tricia Nebeker 1 2-2 5, Jenna Jensen 3 1-4 7, Amber Rasmussen 7 0-1 14, Jill Jensen 6 1-1 13, Mikell Woodfield 1 0-0 2, Kelly Bedard 1 0-0 2, Kayla Crouch 1 2-2 4, Ellyn Herman. Totals: 22 6-10 51.

Riverside — Mason 1 0-0 3, Gordanier 2 0-1 4, Weseman 0 0-2 0, Burns 4 0-5 10, Slover 3 0-1 7, Lomen 4 0-0 10. Totals: 14 0-7 36.

Three-pointers — La Grande 1 (Nebeker); Riverside 6 (Burns 2, Lomen 2, Slover, Mason). Fouled out — Lomen. Total fouls — La Grande 13, Riverside 18. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — La Grande def. Riverside.