Observer staff

Braden Bell scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter, and La Grande ran out to a 24-7 first-quarter lead en route to a 76-57 victory over Grant Union Saturday in its final game at the Nyssa Christmas Tournament.

Kaden Chandler added 13 points and G.T. Blackman and Nojah Chamberlain both had 11 as the Tigers pushed the lead to 30 at 63-33 after three quarters. The Tigers also hit 10 3-pointers.

Also Saturday

Girls

Baker 55, La Grande 44: La Grande got an early look at Greater Oregon League opponent Baker, but came up short in its final game at the Nyssa Christmas Tournament, falling to the Bulldogs 55-44.

Camryn Collman was the lone Tiger in double figures, finishing with 22 points, including 10 in the first quarter and 15 in the first half. Ella Dunlap added six points and three players — Lexee Gomes, Delaney Lester and Kenzie Williams — had four.

The Tigers were in the game, down just 28-23 at the half, but Baker surged ahead to a 45-33 lead after three quarters and finished the win.

Friday

Boys

La Grande 70, Wilder 41: Nojah Chamberlain his three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, and the Tigers bounced back from an earlier loss in the Nyssa Christmas Tournament to take care of Wilder, 70-41.

Kaden Chandler and G.T. Blackman joined Chamberlain in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Hunter Youngblood added eight points. Ten Tigers scored in the contest.

La Grande quickly darted out to a 34-18 lead at halftime and had no issues with Wilder.

Girls

La Grande 64, Payette 36: Camryn Collman scored 18 points to lead three La Grande players in double figures, and the Tigers knocked off Payette, 64-36, at the Nyssa Christmas Tournament.

Joining Collman in double figures were Lauran Rinker and Alexyss Chamberlain, who had 15 and 10 points, respectively. Kenzie Williams added eight points.

The Tigers took command after the first quarter, turning just a 9-8 lead after one into a 24-11 advantage at halftime. By the end of the third, La Grande was well in front, 40-21.

Also

Both the Enterprise boys and girls home games against Pilot Rock Friday were canceled due to inclement weather.

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