Union defends home court, drops Stanfield

By Observer staff January 27, 2014 10:59 am

UNION — Union is having little trouble winning on its home court.

The Bobcats boys basketball team improved to 5-0 in Blue Mountain Conference play at home with a 65-61 win against Stanfield Saturday.

Cortin Nowak went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line late in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

“We won the game at the free-throw line,” Union head coach Brett Dunten said. “That’s why you spend time in practice working on it. It’s a huge win that we needed.”

Johnny Kennon led Union with 19 points, while Ty Coon added 16 points. Kenneth Sipp finished with 10. 

Adrian Angel led the Tigers with 13 points.

Union (9-8 overall) improved to 6-3 in conference play, and is tied Weston-McEwen for third place. The Bobcats will travel to Pilot Rock for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.

Irrigon 70
Elgin 35

ELGIN — The Irrigon boys basketball team backed its No.1 ranking against Elgin during a 70-35 win Friday night.

The Knights jumped out to a 26-6 lead after one quarter using their press to create turnovers.

“We work against the press every day in practice, but you can’t simulate the speed Irrigon has,” Elgin head coach Casey Hallgarth said. “They definitely flexed their muscle. We had some positives tonight. I wasn’t sure how we would play in the second half, but we played pretty even with them.”

Jake Burgess lead the Huskies with eight points. Gavin Christenson and Curtis Little each scored six points.

Anthony Landeros led the Knights with 17 points, while A.J. Timpy finished with 12 points. 

Elgin (5-11 overall, 3-6 BMC) will travel to Grant Union for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday. 

Powder Valley 78
Cove 37

POWDER VALLEY — Powder Valley stomped its way to a convincing 78-37 win over the Cove boys basketball team Saturday night. Powder Valley went into the locker room with a 36-21 lead at halftime.

“We got ourselves into foul trouble” said Cove head coach TedRoy McBride. “Derrick Murchison and Bailey Hill both fouled out. I thought we played the third quarter flat.” 

Cove was outscored 23-4 in the third quarter.

Cove defeated Pine Eagle 53-30 Friday night. The Leopards outscored the Spartans 27-17 the first half.

Jayden Moore led Cove with 15 points, while Isiah Mowery finished with 10 points.

Jon Thorn led the Spartans with 10 points.

“We began to settle with offense the second half. We started to walk away with that game at that point,” said TedRoy McBride.

Cove will play at Joseph 7:30 p.m. Friday night, and then travel to Joseph Saturday night.

Seniors Marcus Pratt and Jason Benites each scored 17 points, and the Powder Valley Badgers boys basketball team picked up an 89-30 win against Wallowa Friday night.

Powder Valley (13-1 overall, 3-1) will host Cove at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The Leopards enter the game with a 50-33 win against Pine Eagle Friday night.

Wallowa (2-13, overall, 1-4 OOL) will have Saturday off, and will travel to Pine Eagle for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.

Imbler 72
Joseph 44

IMBLER — Joseph jumped out to a five-point lead early against the Imbler boys basketball team but couldn’t keep the momentum going during a 72-44 loss Friday.

Cayden DeLury knocked down a 3-point basket to give the Eagles an 8-3 lead. Kyle Johnson hit the final basket for the Panthers with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, capping a 16-0 run fueled by 10 Joseph turnovers.

Johnson went 5-of-5 from the floor, and finished with a team-high 14 points. The senior guard added six rebounds and four assists.

Trace Vancleave scored 13 points, while Eli Bowers finished with 12 points. Vancleave had a team-high seven rebounds, helping Imbler outrebound the Eagles 37-20.

Hunter VanLeuven added eight points off the bench for the Panthers.

DeLury finished with a team-high 13 points, while Will Story added 10 points.

The Panthers (14-2 overall, 5-0) will travel to Powder Valley for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.