The Joseph Eagles boys basketball team can go from ice cold to red hot and back to icy again over the course of a basketball game.
They showed that in their 49-44 Old Oregon League win over the Powder Valley Badgers Friday in Joseph.
The Eagles missed their first eight shots, had five points in the first quarter and just 18 at halftime. They then flipped the switch and scored 21 points in a third quarter that saw them drill five 3-pointers to take a 15-point lead. Then they almost let that margin evaporate in the final quarter before holding on for the win.
“I’m not kidding when I tell you that it’s the most perplexing team that I’ve seen and coached,” Eagles’ Head Coach Olan Fulfer said. “We can look really good one game and then completely terrible the next game.”
Seemingly every shot Joseph took for much of the first half Friday missed. The Eagles trailed 6-5 after one quarter and were down 12-10 late in the second before Chase Murray, who led the way with 23 points, hit two late corner 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 run to end the period for an 18-12 lead.
That spark carried over, and suddenly Joseph couldn’t miss in the third. Murray hit three more 3-pointers while Tyler Homan and T.J. Grote also connected from deep to extend the margin to 39-24 after three quarters. The Eagles, who had shot 20 percent from deep in the first half, hit at a 45-percent clip in the third.
“A hot night for me, I guess,” Murray, who hit seven 3-pointers, said. “I got open a lot. My team found me.”
Another cold spell, though, allowed the Badgers to get back in the game in the fourth. Moziss Nesser had two putbacks to get Powder Valley within 39-31 with 4:05 to play. A runner by Omar Benites and another basket by Nesser made it a four-point game with three minutes go to.
And then Joseph found its touch again. Murray hit a triple from the top of the key and Mason Ferré connected twice — all on three straight possessions — to put the Eagles back up by 13.
A last-ditch effort by the Badgers ran out of time, ending a game Head Coach Warren Wilson said was a struggle for both teams.
“It was not a very good shooting experience in the first half,” Wilson said. “I think part of that was attributed to the defense. Both teams played pretty good defense. It’s the first time we faced each other this year. I knew they were going to be able to shoot from the perimeter.”
Joseph did, indeed, connect often from deep, shooting 11-for-30, and 8-for-15 in the second half. Overall, the Eagles shot 32 percent. Ferré added 11 points for Joseph.
Nesser had 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Badgers, who shot just 29 percent on the game. Reece Dixon also had 10 points.
“Powder is a really good team,” Fulfer said. “They’re explosive. We just got them on a night when they weren’t hitting, and they got us on a night where we were, at least for a couple of quarters.”
Cove edges Imbler in OT
The Cove Leopards boys basketball team needed overtime, but came away with their first Old Oregon League win of the season, edging the Imbler Panthers, 31-28, at home Friday.
Dawson Gaertner had nine points for Cove, including a key basket in overtime. The teams went into the extra session tied at 27-27 after Cove trailed 24-20 entering the fourth. Blake Witten added five points.
Imbler was led by Grant Slater, who scored seven points. Ryan Patterson added six points.
Imbler (5-9 overall, 2-3 OOL) visits Powder Valley Friday.
Nixyaawii blasts Elgin
The Nixyaawii Golden Eagles had more points in the first quarter than Elgin did for the game in a 104-34 home blowout win over the Huskies Friday in Old Oregon League play.
Elgin found itself trailing 37-6 after one quarter and saw it only get worse, as Nixyaawii scored 21 more points in the second and 39 in the third.
Ian Adams had nine points to lead Elgin. Kaden McClure added eight points.
Union downs TigerScots
Keegan Glenn went off for 32 points, Tate Lantis added a double-double, and the Union Bobcats boys basketball team earned a 72-54 road win over the Weston-McEwen TigerScots on Friday in Blue Mountain Conference action.
Lantis had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Gannon Carreiro chipped in with 13 points. Union raced ahead to a 21-9 lead at the half and maintained the margin despite Weston-McEwen trying to keep pace.
Wallowa routs Grizzlies
Christopher Nobles led the way with 27 points as the Wallowa Cougars boys basketball team used a strong second quarter to distance itself in a 57-37 road win over the Griswold Grizzlies Friday in Old Oregon League action.
Wallowa scored 21 points in the second quarter to turn a 12-11 margin into a sizeable 33-18 lead by halftime.
Baker tops Tigers
The La Grande Tigers boys basketball team dropped its second Greater Oregon League game of the season with a 57-43 road setback against the Baker Bulldogs Friday.
Stats were not provided.
The Tigers (4-10 overall, 1-2 GOL) host Ontario Friday.
Union completes perfect weekend
Keegan Glenn scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures as the Union Bobcats boys basketball team secured a 58-45 home win over the Grant Union Prospectors Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference action.
Tate Lantis added 13 points and Gannon Carreiro had 12 for Union, which moved into second in the BMC with the win. Glenn and Carreiro both added four steals.
Union outscored Grant Union in every quarter on the way to the win, including leading 26-19 at halftime and 40-31 after three.
The Bobcats (12-5 overall, 5-2 BMC) visit Enterprise Saturday.
Enterprise gets second BMC win
Devin Greer led the way with 19 points — including 16 in the second half — as the Enterprise Outlaws boys basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 45-36 home win over the Pilot Rock Rockets Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference play.
Cason Kirkland added 11 points for the Outlaws, who led just 30-27 after three but added on in the fourth for their second win in BMC action.
Enterprise (8-10 overall, 2-5 BMC) travels to Weston-McEwen Friday.
Cove pulls away for victory
Blake Witten led the way with 13 points as the Cove Leopards boys basketball team picked up a 40-29 road win over the Wallowa Cougars Saturday in Old Oregon League play.
Wacey Fite and Landon Moore both added 10 points for Cove, which used a 13-3 third-quarter advantage to pull ahead and grab a 33-20 lead.
Christopher Nobles had 13 points to lead Wallowa, while Wyatt Prince added seven points.
The Leopards (9-5 overall, 2-2 OOL) travel to Pine Eagle Friday, while Wallowa (5-11, 2-4) heads to Elgin Friday.
Eagles fall to Nixy
A third-quarter run by the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles boys basketball team gave it an edge it wouldn’t relinquish in a 52-35 road win over the Joseph Eagles Saturday in Old Oregon League play.
Joseph led by seven points in the second quarter and was still within 22-19 at the half. But a late run by Nixyaawii in the third gave Nixyaawii a 39-26 lead and control of the game.
Mason Ferré led Joseph with 15 points on five 3-pointers. Tyler Homan added eight points.
The Eagles (10-7 overall, 3-2 OOL) host Griswold on Friday.
Badgers drop Griswold
Roper Bingham had 19 points and eight rebounds and the Powder Valley Badgers boys basketball team shot 54 percent on the way to a 71-41 home win over the Griswold Grizzlies Saturday in Old Oregon League play.
Ethan Stephens added 15 points and Dominick Grende scored 14 for the Badgers, who used a 19-8 second-quarter run to build a 34-17 halftime lead and roll from there, outscoring the Grizzlies in each quarter.
Powder Valley (12-6 overall, 5-2 OOL) faces Horizon Christian tonight in Echo.
Elgin gets back on track
Kaden McClure netted 22 points and hit four 3-pointers as the Elgin Huskies boys basketball team shook off Friday’s tough loss for a 51-34 road win over the Pine Eagle Spartans Saturday in Old Oregon League play.
Tristan Simpson added 10 points for Elgin, which built a 30-15 halftime lead and controlled the game most of the night. The Huskies (9-5 overall, 4-2 OOL) host McLoughlin Tuesday.