OOL: Badgers take down Panthers

Written by Observer staff February 24, 2014 11:29 am

BAKER CITY — Despite the wheels nearly falling off Powder Valley’s pursuit of the Old Oregon League postseason title, the Badgers were able to piece together an impressive win against Imbler.

The Badgers picked up three fouls in the first minute of the game, and stayed in constant foul trouble, but pulled out a 67-51 win to clinch the top seed into the state playoffs Saturday night in Baker City.

“I wasn’t worried at all,” Badger senior Quin Stephens said. “I knew that we had the team to be able to make up for it. We have players on the bench that could be starting. It’s great to have a team that has a deep bench.”

The game had the feel of the only loss the Badgers had on the season — a 53-49 loss to the Panthers.

Tyler Robinson picked up the first two baskets of the game, but picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, and went to the bench. Starting point guard, Marcus Pratt, was also hit with two quick fouls in the opening quarter. But, the Powder Valley bench picked up the extra minutes, and played well. 

The Badgers used a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter to build an 18-9 lead. Stephens capped the run with a pair of baskets.

Powder Valley never let up, pushing the lead to 26-11 three minutes into the second quarter. 

Old Oregon League Player of the Year Kyle Johnson went down hard with less than three minutes left in the second quarter and didn’t return to the game. The senior only took one shot in the game. 

Imbler had plenty of opportunities from the free-throw line. However, the Panthers struggled to convert, shooting 11-of-26 from the charity stripe in the game. 

Powder Valley shot 6-of-11 from the free-throw line. 

The Badgers went into the half with Robinson, Pratt and Jason Benites saddled with three fouls. Robinson played just seven minutes in the first two quarters, and had six points. Pratt and Benites combined for six points.

Imbler cut the lead to nine points in the third quarter, 32-23, but couldn’t get any closer the rest of the game. Powder Valley would outscore Imbler 20-11 in the third quarter, and held a 50-29 advantage.

Any doubt of a second half comeback was quickly put to rest with any spurt by the Badgers. Back-to-back baskets by Brock Jones pushed the lead to 27 points, 59-32, in the fourth quarter. 

Stephens and Jones were the story off the bench. Stephens recorded a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He also had six steals in the game. Jones added 11 points. 

“Of course I’d rather be starting,” Stephens said. “But, I’m just happy to do whatever it takes for the team to win.” 

Robinson finished the game with 15 points, while Benites scored 10.

The Panthers were led by Joe Griffin, who scored a game-high 18 points. Trace Vancleave finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Eli Bowers added eight points.

The Panthers will host Dayville/Monument Wednesday. Imbler defeated the Tigers 46-44 at the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic Dec. 27. 

Powder Valley will host a second round game March 1. 

POWDER VALLEY (67)

C. Dixon 2 0-1 4, Allen 3 1-2 7, Robinson 6 2-3 15, Pratt 1 0-0 2, Benites 5 0-0 10, Stephens 7 2-3 16, Bedolla 0 0-0 0, Jones 5 1-2 11, S. Dixon 0 0-0 0, McElligott 1 0-0 2, Colton 0 0-0 0, Day 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 6-11 67.

IMBLER (51)

Griffin 7 3-7 18, Bowers 2 4-7 8, VanCleave 4 1-5 9, Silbernagle 2 1-5 6, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Riggle 0 0-0 0, McDonald 2 2-2 6, Ryan 0 0-0 0, Combe 0 0-0 0, Whitaker 1 0-0 2, Kanoho 0 0-0 0, Vanleuven 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 11-26 51.

Powder Valley 18 12 20 17 67

Imbler 9 9 11 22 51

Three-point baskets — Powder Valley: Robinson; Imbler: Griffin, Silbernagle  2. Fouled out — Powder Valley: Pratt. Total fouls — Powder Valley 27, Imbler 11. Technicals — Powder Valley: Team.

Eagles grab spot to state tourney

WesCom News Service 

BAKER CITY — Joseph broke open a close game in the third quarter Saturday and went on to defeat Pine-Eagle 74-56 in the third-place game at the Old Oregon League boys basketball postseason tournament at Baker High School.

Leading just 34-33 at halftime, Joseph outscored the Spartans 26-9 in the third period to break the game open.

Cayden DeLury scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter for the Eagles.

Sam Beckman and Aaron Borderding each added four points in the quarter as six Eagles hit the scoring column.

Pine Eagle rode five points from freshman Wyatt Akers to a 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter.

But, Joseph’s Wil Story answered with seven points later in the period to pull Joseph to within 18-15 at the break.

The teams then traded baskets throughout a second quarter which saw seven ties and 10 lead changes.

Pine Eagle was hurt when one of its top ball-handlers, Colter Marks, picked up his fourth foul with 1:19 left in the first half.

Jon Thorn led Pine Eagle with 14 points.

Joseph travels to Ione Wednesday in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

JOSEPH (74)

Beaudoin 1 6-7 8, Smallen 2 0-4 4, Beckman 5 1-2 11, C. DeLury 7 12-16 26, Story 3 2-3 9, Jarmon, Smith, Chrisman, N. DeLury 2 2-3 8, Borderding 1 4-4 6, Warnock 0 2-4 2, Hagg. Totals 21 29-43 74.

PINE-EAGLE (56) 

Akers 2 2-5 6, Simrell 6 0-0 12, Swanson 3 3-6 9, Thorn 6 0-5 14, Co. Marks 1 3-4 5, McCall 2 2-3 6, McCoy, S. Denig, R. Denig 1 0-1 2, Tyler 1 0-0 2, Cr. Marks. Totals 22 10-24 56.

Joseph 15 19 26 14 74

Pine Eagle 18 15 9 14 56

Three-point baskets — Story, N. DeLury 2, Thorn 2. Fouled out — Borderding, Akers, Swanson, Co. Marks. Total fouls — Joseph 22, Pine-Eagle 27. Technicals — none.