The Pendleton Buckaroos overcame some shooting woes on the floor and from the free throw line to squeeze out a road victory over Baker 55-47 on Wednesday evening.
As a team, the Buckaroos (1-0) shot 35 percent from the floor and a meager 43 percent from the free throw line, hitting on just 16 of their 37 attempts from the line. On the flip side, Pendleton’s defense held Baker (0-1) to 30 percent shooting from the floor, sinking only 25 of its 81 shot attempts.
Leading Pendleton in scoring was Richard Scott with 15 points on an efficient 6 of 9 shooting and 3 of 3 from the free throw line, while Dakota Sams had 13 and Ryan Russell had seven. Scott and Russell each pitched in eight rebounds as well and Shaw Jerome led the Bucks with four assists.
Gabe Gambleton led Baker with 11 points, Caden Long had nine and both Cayn Osborn and Kaden Sand had eight.
Pendleton heads west to play in the Wilsonville Invitational beginning on Friday night.
PHS 9 18 12 16 — 55
BHS 14 7 12 14 — 47
PENDLETON — R. Scott 15, K. Sams 13, T. Newsom 11, R. Russell 7, S. Jerome 4, K. Broncheau 3, D. Jackson 2, W. Camp, C. Sandford.
BAKER — G. Gambelton 11, C. Long 9, C. Osborn 8, K. Sand 8, D. Story 6, R. Flanagan 5, L. Nelson, J. Zikmund, D. Lincott.
3-pointers — PHS 3, BHS 7. Free throws — PHS 16-37, BHS 4-11. Fouls — PHS 13, BHS 24 (fouled out Gambelton, Story)
WHITE SALMON (WA) 68, RIVERSIDE 65, OT — At White Salmon, the Riverside Pirates started their season in heart-breaking fashion with an overtime loss to White Salmon on Wednesday evening.
Riverside (0-1) next plays College Place (WA) on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Mac-Hi Tournament in Milton-Freewater.
WALLA WALLA (WA) 40, HERMISTON 29 — At Walla Walla, Hermiston could muster only two points in the fourth quarter as it dropped its season opener on the road on Wednesday night.
Jazlyn Romero led the Bulldogs (0-1) in scoring with 12 points.
The Bulldogs stay home on Friday to host Wilsonville at 7 p.m. in the first day of the Hermiston Holiday Tournament.
RIVERSIDE 49, WHITE SALMON (WA) 16 — At White Salmon, the Riverside Pirates kicked off their 2017-18 season with a big road victory on Wednesday evening.
Riverside (1-0) next plays College Place (WA) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Mac-Hi Tournament in Milton-Freewater.
DESALES (WA) 58, WESTON-MCEWEN 50 — At Walla Walla, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots fell just short in their season opener with DeSales (WA) on Wednesday night.
Weston-McEwen (0-1) next plays Irrigon on Friday at 3 p.m. in Ione for the Ione Basketball Bonanza.