Long weekend for Union

By Observer staff December 23, 2013 10:01 am
WALLOWA — The Cove boys basketball team matched its longest win streak of the season, picking up a pair of wins at the Wallowa Lions Club Tournament. 

Saturday, the Leopards used defensive adjustments to pull out a 41-32 win against Joseph.

The Eagles were dicing the Cove defense and getting to the basket, or kicking back out to the open shooter to build a 24-20 halftime lead. 

“Joseph was tough,” Cove head coach TedRoy McBride said. “They killed us when we went to help on defense. We had to switch to a zone, and that helped slow them down.”

The Eagles were only able to score nine points in the second half. 

Colton DeMeerleer had a team-high 16 points for Cove, while Brandon McGilvray added eight points.

Cade DeLury led Joseph with 24 points.

Friday, the Leopards had their best offensive output of the season during a 65-50 win against Pine Eagle. 

Derrick Murchison led Cove with 20 points. DeMeerleer added 14 points, while McGilvray chipped in 13 points. Jaden Moore also hit double figures with 11. 

Jon Thorn led the Spartans with 15 points.

Cove (4-2) will play Union at the La Grande Optimist Tournament at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Bobcats fall
in conference opener

STANFIELD — The Union boys basketball team didn’t pull out the road win, but left feeling positive about its first Blue Mountain Conference game this season.

The Bobcats fell to Stanfield 57-49, extending their losing streak to five games.

Union held a 24-23 halftime lead, but was outscored 24-11 in the third quarter.

“We just didn’t come out of the locker room the way we wanted to in the third quarter,” Union head coach Brett Dunten said. “We didn’t give up though. We got some good looks in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t finish.”

Kenneth Sipp hit four 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 12 points for Union. J.D. Graves added 10 points.

Union (1-5) will face Cove in the opening round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Badgers extend
winning streak

JORDAN VALLEY — The Badgers had a strong offensive weekend, improving to 6-0 with a pair of wins.

Saturday, the Badgers got 31 points from Marcus Pratt, leading to a road win. Powder Valley defeated Jordan Valley 70-43. 

Powder Valley used a 19-8 advantage in the second quarter to build a 36-19 halftime lead.

“Marcus was a handful for Jordan Valley tonight,” Badgers head coach Kyle Dixon said. “He had a lot of things working. It’s nice to have different kids that can step up each night.”

Tyler Robinson added 15 points for the Badgers, while Logan Allen finished with 10 points.

Friday, Powder Valley picked up a 73-36 win against Class 2A Union. 

It wasn’t just the offense that the Badgers had working over the weekend. The defense helped build a 38-13 halftime lead.

Robinson stretched his post game to the outside, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, finishing with 19 points.

Pratt and Allen each scored 11 points. Jason Benites finished with eight points.

Johnny Kennon led Union with 12 points.

Powder Valley will play Pilot Rock in the opening round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Irrigon cages Huskies
in conference opener

IRRIGON — The Elgin boys basketball team suffered its third straight loss, with the final defeat coming in the opening game of Blue Mountain Conference play.

The Huskies fell to Irrigon 80-24 Saturday.

“They’re a really good team,” Elgin head coach Casey Hallgarth said. “Irrigon is just relentless attacking the basket. We’re kind of young, and just didn’t have an answer.”

Carson Reid led Elgin with 10 points. Jake Burgess finished with seven points.

Adrian Romero and Anthony Landeros finished with 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the Knights.

Elgin will travel to the Dayton Christmas Tournament Friday. 

Outlaws split
conference games

ATHENA — The Enterprise boys basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped Saturday by Weston-McEwen.

The Outlaws started slow on the road and couldn’t come back until it was too late during a 64-50 loss. Enterprise outscored the Tiger-Scots 27-25 in the second half.

“The boys knew they were a pretty tough team,” Outlaws head coach Jeff Micka said. “They came out a little nervous, and we missed some easy looks to start the game. But, they realized they could play with (Weston-McEwen).”

The slow start translated into a 39-23 halftime deficit.

Kaden Lathrop led the Outlaws with 17 points, while Damon Greenshields added 16 points.

Chuck Simmons led Weston-McEwen with 26 points. Lance Thacker scored 20 points.

Friday, the Outlaws picked up a 58-47 win against Pilot Rock.

Greenshields led the way with 27 points. Cody White chipped in 11 points.

“We came out strong,” Micka said. “It was our strongest effort of the season.”

The Outlaws don’t return to the court until Jan. 3 at Irrigon.