Observer staff

Jordan Valley has its way with its second Northeast Oregon team in as many days.

Zeke Quintero had 19 points to lead three players in double figures, and the Mustangs shot 53 percent en route to a 64-39 victory over Joseph Friday afternoon at the OOL/HDL Invitational at Quinn Coliseum.

Kirk Eiguren and Wade Stanford both added 18 points for Jordan Valley, which never trailed.

The Mustangs broke the game open with a 21-3 run to go ahead 23-5 early in the second quarter.

“They should be one of the top teams in the state,” Joseph head coach Olan Fulfer said of Jordan Valley, which returns most of its key pieces from a team that reached the semifinals a year ago. “I would put (defending champion) Sherman County No. 1 and then Jordan Valley.”

Joseph found a rhythm and tried to trim into the deficit. Chase Murray, who led the Eagles with 10 points, ended the lengthy run with a layup. Trey Wandschneider later cut the gap to 25-12. But the Mustangs pushed the lead to 37-18 by the break, and led by as much as 27 in the second half.

The Eagles struggled against the Mustangs’ size and speed, shooting just 17-for-56 and turning the ball over 21 times.

Caevan Murray added nine points and Wandschneider chipped in with six points for Joseph.

Also Friday

Hood River Valley 72, La Grande 60: One rough quarter — this time the third quarter — did in the Tigers as they dropped their first game of the Madras Tournament.

La Grande held a close 35-32 lead at halftime, but was outscored in the third quarter, 21-9, and couldn’t catch back up in the fourth.

Braden Bell led four players in scoring with 14 points. Both Kaden Chandler and Hunter Youngblood had 11 and G.T. Blackman added 10.

Union 64, Faith Bible 55: Tate Lantis led the way with 16 points, and the Bobcats shook off Thursday’s blowout loss to edge Faith Bible at the Columbia River Clash.

Lantis, who added eight rebounds, was one of three Union players in double figures along with Levi Cloutier, who had 14 points, and Keegan Glenn, who added 13 points. Cloutier added five rebounds and five steals, Glenn had six rebounds and Jace Phillips had eight points and five assists.

Enterprise 66, Griswold 12: The Outlaws opened the Enterprise Holiday Classic with a blowout victory.

Dylan Marr scored 14 points, Jimmy Wells had 11 and Blaze Lepper had 10.

The Outlaws opened the game with a 20-0 first quarter coasted from there, leading 47-7 through three quarters.

Wallowa 51, Monument/Dayville 16: Christopher Nobles and Sam Hilliard both scored 14 points, and the Cougars pulled ahead almost from the get-go in routing the Tigers at the Wallowa Lions Tournament.

Wallowa had the game well in hand by the end of the first quarter with a 17-4 lead, and extended their advantage to 27-8 by the break.

Elgin 67, Pine Eagle 23: Brandon Howes scored 20 points, Caleb Lathrop added 19 and the Huskies routed Pine Eagle in their first game at the Enterprise Winter Classic, despite scoring just one point in the first quarter.

The Huskies woke up in the second as a teams battled to a 13-all tie at the break, then went off for 54 points in the second half.

Adrian 72, Cove 41: The Leopards dropped their third game in a row. Stats were not available. Cove (0-3 overall) visits Joseph Friday.

Irrigon 64, Imbler 14:

The Panthers were unable to hang with Irrigon in a blowout loss. Stats were not available.


La Grande 70, Madras 53: The Tigers rode the momentum of a 28-point first quarter to a victory in their final game at the Madras Tournament.

La Grande jumped out to a 28-6 lead, then built the advantage back to double figures after Madras trimmed it to just seven by halftime.

Nojah Chamberlain led nine Tigers in scoring with 13 points. Kaden Chandler netted 11 and Cade Reed added 10.

La Grande (1-3 overall) faces Skyview at the Skyview Tournament Thursday in Nampa, Idaho.

Joseph 52, Crane 47: Chase Murray scored 16 points, 10 of which came in the first half, and Joseph kept Crane at bay to finish with a 1-1 mark at the OOL/HDL Invitational at Eastern Oregon University.

Jean Luc Palma also reached double figures with 13 points and Caevan Murray added 10 for the Eagles (3-1 overall), who host Cove Friday.

Elgin 51, Enterprise 48:

Caleb Lathrop scored 23 points, Brandon Howes had 16 and the Huskies edged Enterprise in the final game of the Enterprise Winter Classic, a game that also served as a Wapiti League preview for both teams.

Elgin pulled ahead with a 16-6 second quarter to take a 27-21 lead the the break. The Huskies maintained a four-point lead, 37-33, going to the fourth.

Jimmy Wells scored 23 points to lead the Outlaws, but was the only Enterprise player in double figures. Trent Walker added nine points.

Elgin (4-0 overall) travels to New Plymouth, Idaho, Tuesday. Enterprise (3-2) visits McLoughlin Tuesday.

Powder Valley 61, Dufur 55: Hunter Davis had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced attack, and the Badgers rallied in the second half to upend Dufur on the road.

Tanner Eubanks added 13 points, Omar Benites had 11 and both Roper Bingham and Moziss Nesser had nine.

The Badgers (2-1 overall) continue play at Pine Eagle Friday.

Wallowa 39, Huntington
Christopher Nobles scored 23 points, and Wallowa finished 2-0 at the Wallowa Lions Tournament with a come-from-behind win over the Locomotives.

The Cougars scored just nine points in the first half, and were still down 24-21 after three quarters, but staged a rally in the fourth to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Wallowa visits Nixyaawii Friday.

Riverside 33, Union 32: Union finished with a 1-2 mark at the Columbia River Clash with a close loss to Class 3A Riverside.

Ryan Shoemaker led the Bobcats (3-2 overall) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Keegan Glenn added seven points for Union, which hosts Irrigon Friday.

Heppner 51, Imbler 25: The Panthers fell for the third time in as many games. Stats were not available.

Imbler (1-4 overall) faces Heppner again Friday.