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PREP ROUNDUP: Phillips powers Knights past Tigers

East Oregonian

Published on November 30, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on November 30, 2017 10:19PM

Johnny Phillips got his senior season started in a big way on Thursday night, as he scored a game-high 28 points to push his Irrigon Knights past the Stanfield Tigers 73-43 at Stanfield Secondary School.

The Knights (1-0) led by just seven at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Tigers (0-1) 18-5 in the second to gain some cushion for the second half. Behind Phillips, Leo Carillo scored eight points, Jesus Sandoval had seven and Eric Carillo added six points.

“We came out with good energy and the kids were ready to play,” Irrigon coach Davie Salas said. “Great first start, but we still have a ways to go.”

Brody Woods led Stanfield with 19 points and Fernando Ramirez added 10. It was the Tigers’ debut with almost a completely new roster, as Woods is the only varsity returner from last year’s state runner-up team. First-year coach Devin Bailey said that he was happy to get his young team some good game experience on Thursday.

“It was nice to get them in a loud atmosphere,” Bailey said. “Irrigon is a good first team to expose them to because they’re tough and they’re fast.”

Irrigon next plays Weston-McEwen in the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Stanfield will play at Sherman on Friday at 7 p.m.


IHS 22 18 17 16 — 73

SHS 15 5 11 12 — 43

IRRIGON — J. Phillips 28, L. Carillo 8, J. Sandoval 7, E. Carillo 6, A. Roa 5, A. Gomez 5, D. Vera 4, P. Holcomb 4, L. Covarrubia 2, K. Fleming 2.

STANFIELD — B. Woods 19, F. Ramirez 10, Eduardo Nunez 5.

3-pointers — IHS 5, SHS 3. Free throws — IHS 10-15, SHS 10-23. Fouls — IHS 14, SHS 15.

TOUCHET (WA) 74, HELIX 35 — At Helix, the Grizzlies fought hard in the first half but ran out of steam in the second half to fall to Touchet in their season opener on Thursday evening.

The Grizzlies (0-1) trailed just 28-20 at halftime, but Touchet (1-0) came out of the gates in the third quarter on fire and outscored Helix 28-7 to take advantage of the game. Helix was debuting a new-look roster featuring numerous first-time varsity players, and head coach Zach Orem said that the inexperience showed.

“It was a lot of our guys’ first high school basketball game, most skipped JV and went right from middle school to varsity,” he said. “We’re super young ... the guys played hard but just ran out of gas.”

Gavin Newtson put together a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Eli Springer added 15 points and seven rebounds. Helix’s only other scorer was Logan Davis with three points.

Helix next hosts Bickleton (WA) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


THS 22 6 28 16 — 74

GHS 14 6 7 8 — 35

TOUCHET — Preciado 16, A. Acevedo 10, Warren 10, McKeown 9, Gutierrez 9, Martinez 7, Arozco 7, Schaffer 6.

HELIX — G. Newtson 17, E. Springer 15, L. Davis 3.

3-pointers — THS 7, GHS 4. Free throws — THS 9-13, GHS 5-9. Fouls — THS 12, GHS 13.

Girls Basketball

IRRIGON 61, STANFIELD 25 — At Stanfield, Jada Burns scored a game-high 23 points to help her Irrigon Knights run by the Stanfield Tigers in both teams’ season openers on Thursday evening.

Behind Burns, Alyia Munoz scored 10 points, Taylor Davis and Natalie Romero each had eight and Kylie Wyant pitched in seven for the Knights (1-0). Kendra Hart led the Tigers (0-1) with 13 points and Savannah Sharp added five points.

Irrigon next plays Weston-McEwen at the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Friday at 3 p.m. Stanfield plays Sherman at the Sherman Tournament on Friday at 6 p.m.


IHS 10 16 19 17 — 61

SHS 5 6 5 9 — 25

IRRIGON — J. Burns 23, A. Munoz 10, T. Davis 8, N. Romero 8, K. Wyant 7, O. Luna 4.

STANFIELD — K. Hart 13, S. Sharp 5, A. Galarza 3, A. Griffin 1, C. Blankenship 1, J. Wallace 1.

3-pointers — IHS 2, SHS 4. Free throws — IHS 8-9, SHS 5-12. Fouls — IHS 13, SHS 8.

TOUCHET (WA) 66, HELIX 35 — At Helix, the Grizzlies dropped their season opener as Touchet (WA) left town with a 66-35 win on Thursday at Griswold High School.

Helix (0-1) next plays at Mac-Hi on Friday night at 6 p.m.


DESALES 58, WESTON-MCEWEN 50 — At Walla Walla, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots erased a 20-point first half deficit but ultimately came up short in their season opener at DeSales (WA) on Wednesday night.

Trailing 35-17 at halftime, Weston-McEwen outscored DeSales 20-7 in the third quarter and eventually took a lead in the fourth quarter but DeSales and its duo of Kenna Buratto and Holly Buratto, who combined for 41 points in the game, were too much down the stretch.

Chelsea Quaempts scored 21 to lead the TigerScots (0-1) as she sank six field goals and made 7 of 12 attempts from the freee throw line. Kate Vescio added 11 points and Alyssa Finifrock pitched in 10 for the TigerScots.

Weston-McEwen next plays Irrigon at the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Friday at 3 p.m.


W-M 12 5 20 13 — 50

DHS 17 18 7 16 — 58

WESTON-MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 21, K. Vescio 11, A. Finifrock 10, A. Coffman 5, J. Lambert 3, T. Hearn, T. Burke, C. Davis, H. McIntyre.

DESALES — H. Buratto 22, K. Buratto 19, Jones 8, Lyons 4, Ness 3, Arceo 2, Cortez.

3-pointers — W-M 3, DHS 7. Free throws — W-M 9-19, DHS 9-17. Fouls — W-M 17 (Coffman fouled out), DHS 19.


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