Bobcats fall in play-in game to Regis

By Observer staff March 03, 2014 08:45 am

Union senior Johnny Kennon puts up a left-handed hook shot during a 58-29 loss to Regis Saturday.
Union senior Johnny Kennon puts up a left-handed hook shot during a 58-29 loss to Regis Saturday.
UNION — It had been a four year wait for the Union boys basketball team to play in a Class 2A state play-in game. Unfortunately, Saturday’s game turned out the same way that one did —  in a loss.

The Bobcats couldn’t keep pace with Regis during a 54-29 loss ending the Bobcats’ season. 

Union’s last play-in game was against Western Mennonite a 100-59 loss in 2009.

The Rams jumped out to a 10-2, capped by a Blake Minton 3-point field goal. 

The Bobcats surged back to even the game after the opening quarter, 13-all.

Regis would seize the momentum from that point on.

The Rams built a 26-18 halftime lead, and pushed the lead to 41-20 after three quarters, opening the second half on a 11-0 run. Union’s Chase Houck scored the lone basket for his team in the third quarter.

Senior Johnny Kennon led the Bobcats with 10 points, while Houck finished with six.

Minton finished with a game-high 20 points, scoring 12 in the second half.  Sam Neislanik added 10 points.

The 29 points scored were the lowest by Union this season. 

The Bobcats finished the season with a 16-11 overall record. 

Panthers advance to Baker City 

ELKTON — The Imbler boys basketball team beat Elkton, 56-43, in their second state playoff game Saturday. 

Imbler ended the first quarter behind 14-4. They adjusted their defense and their shooters got hot. 

By the half the Panthers had closed the deficit and were only behind by four points 29-25. 

“Shots started falling for us and not for them,” Imbler head coach Mike Mills said. 

At the end of the third, Imbler was up 41-34. 

“Everyone had to rely on each other, and they did,” Mills said. “We managed to adjust our game and pulled it off in the end.” 

Imbler’s Eli Bowers ended the night with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Kyle Johnson scored 11 points and Luke Silbernagel finished with 10, with one 3-pointer. 

Elkton’s Tracey Doudna scored a game high 16 points with, two 3-pointers. Justice Murphy ended the night with eight. 

Imbler will open the state tournament against Horizon Christian in Baker at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Badgers season comes to a close

MOLALLA —The Powder Valley girls basketball team lost to Country Christian in its second-round state play-in game 49-42 Friday. 

The Badgers led most of the game, into the start of the fourth quarter. 

Alexandra Colton fouled out early in the fourth, which left a hole on the court that the rest of her team could not fill. 

The Cougars took advantage of the off-balance team pulling, ahead to win the game. 

The Badgers’ Bailee Allen led her team in scoring with 12 points at the end of the game. Colton ended the night with nine points, making 5-of-6 free throws. Both Sally Blair and McKinsey Hampton finished with six points, apiece. 

The Cougars Kennedy Nofziger  scored a game-high 13 points. Miranda Halverson finished with 10 points and Mariah Stueland ended with eight. 

The Badgers are now out of the playoffs. 

“We played well enough to make it to Baker, but in the end we didn’t get it,” Powder Valley head coach Allen Bingham said.