JOSEPH — The Joseph Eagles advanced to the second round of the 1A state playoffs Wednesday with a convincing 63-39 win over Jordan Valley in Enterprise.
"We played really hard the entire game. Didn't let up on both sides of the ball (and) stayed in attack mode," head coach Olan Fulfer said.
The coach said team discipline was the key Wednesday, especially on defense, noting whenever the visiting Mustangs scored it was typically due to his Eagles trying to do too much.
"Every single time we were disciplined, staying at home...we got a stop. When they scored it was when we tried to make that big play," he said. "In the second half we dialed it back and stopped going for those (big plays) as much. The whole game was just defense."
Chase Murray scored 21 points to lead the Eagles, scoring 13 of them in the first half. The Eagles broke the game open after the break.
Hadley Miller added 16 points and Mason Ferre scored eight.
Joseph (21-7) will play a second-round home game at 4 p.m. Saturday against South Wasco County.
Fulfer's message to his team, which is one win away from returning to the state tournament in Baker City, was simple: "Don't get cute. Don't play hero ball. Stay disciplined...Do what you can to help the team win."
Trio of Redsides lead South Wasco past Elgin
MAUPIN — The Elgin boys basketball team saw its playoff run end in the first round Wednesday night at the hand of South Wasco County, falling to the Redsides 72-45.
"We struggled to get our legs underneath us on (defense)," head coach Kevin Johnson said. "(We were) not patient for great shots and could not find a rhythm on (offense)."
Three players did the bulk of the damage for South Wasco — Oscar Thomas, Garrett Olson and Brock LaFaver. Thomas hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 29 points — 20 of which came in the second half — as the Redsides raced out to a 38-22 halftime lead. Olson, who added 25 points, had 14 of them in the first half.
Tristan Simpson, who led Elgin with 15 points, scored nine in the second half, including six in the third quarter. Elgin scored 18 points in the third, but couldn't gain any ground as SWC added 23 more to push the lead to 21. LaFaver had 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
Wyatt Hallgarth added nine points and Kaden McClure had eight for the Huskies, who finish their season with a final record of 15-11.
"I don't think there were many people that thought they would see us in the position we were in, but we made believers in some," Johnson said. "It was a great and enjoyable season."