Mac-Hi boys dial long distance to capture Ione Tournament
IONE - Strong perimeter shooting led the way for the Mac-Hi Pioneers Saturday en route to the Ione Tournament boys basketball championship.
The Pioneers drilled 11 3-pointers, knocking off Ione 87-64. Justin Millar and Derek Worsech both scored 17 points for Mac-Hi.
"Mac-Hi is a good team and going to surprise some people," Ione head coach Dennis Stefani said. "We played with them for a half, but they ignited in the third quarter."
The Cardinals led 41-33 heading into the third quarter only to get outscored 30-11 thanks in large part to four 3-pointers by the Pioneers.
"This was a fun game that was fast paced," Stefani said. "They are impressive."
Ione's Tyler Brown scored a game-high 19 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Tyler Raible scored 13 points and Billy Gates added 12 points for Ione.
"Tyler had a very strong game," Stefani said. "He battled in the post and is maturing."
Marcus Brown scored 15 points and Ryan Fleming added 12 for Mac-Hi.
Umatilla 68, Enterprise 62
IONE - A day made all the difference for the Umatilla Vikings boys basketball squad.
Friday, Mac-Hi beat the Vikings 71-20 in the first round of the Ione Tournament. Saturday, the Vikings emerged with a 68-62 victory over Enterprise in the consolation round.
"We concentrated on what Mac-Hi was doing instead of concentrating on our game," Umatilla coach Tony Villaneuva said. "We changed a couple things against Enterprise. We pushed the ball more on the fast break. And we just haven't been shooting the ball well but we started to come out of it today."
Umatilla was a cumulative 5-for-28 from the free throw lineup before Saturday's game, but went 14-for-19 from the line against Enterprise.
"We made 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter and that's basically what won the game," Villaneuva said. "The shots went in. Everything was working today. The kids were more relaxed. We passed the ball well, we rebounded well and we shot the ball really well."
The game had an exciting finish, with the lead changing hands several times.
Umatilla's David White hit two free throws to tie the game with 28 seconds to go and then Trevor Jensen was fouled and successfully made the two free throws to tie up the win for the Vikings.
Jensen led all scorers with 26 points. He was 8-of-8 from the free throw line and had 11 rebounds. Andre Pharr chipped in 16 points and added six assists, and Daniel Adams contributed 15 points for the Vikings.
Enterprise was led by Craig Swart with 16 points and Zack Gassett contributed 15. Tony Swart and Andy Marcum both claimed seven points for Enterprise.
Imbler 41, Stanfield 39
STANFIELD - Despite the absence of Tanner McIntosh, the Imbler Panthers handed the Stanfield Tigers another heart-breaking boys basketball loss Saturday.
McIntosh went down early in the game with an ankle injury, but the Panthers held on for a 41-39 non-conference win.
"This was a disappointing loss and we've lost three close games so far," Stanfield head coach Glenn Seibel said. "They're a good team even without McIntosh."
The Tigers (0-3 overall) led 25-20 at halftime, but were unable to hold on.
Stanfield's Tyler Gabriel led all scorers with 13 points and Aaron Abercrombie added 11 points for the Tigers.
"Aaron played well and Tyler was played tough," Seibel said. "We are getting better and we just need to execute better."
ATHENA - Chris Watts and Jimmy King combined for 35 points while leading the Weston-McEwen boys to a 54-47 over the Wallowa Cougars in non-league basketball Saturday.
Watts scored 18 points for the TigerScots (1-1), while King added 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
After taking a 15-12 first-quarter lead increasing it to 28-22 at halftime, the TigerScots got a boost from the bench in the second half.
"Clell (Hasenbank) and Chris (Watts) came off the bench in the third and good things happened," TigerScots coach Scott Pumphrey said. "The bench won us the game tonight."
The TigerScots pushed their lead to 42-32 after three quarters. and held on to take the win.
Ryan Harshfield led the Cougars with 15 points.
Klickitat, Wash. 31
KLICKITAT, Wash. - The Arlington Honkers had little problems knocking of Klickitat, Wash. Saturday.
Scott Garrelts led the Honkers with 16 points as Arlington cruised to a 56-31 non-conference boys basketball victory.
"Scott played a really nice game and shot the ball well," Arlington head coach Shawn Troutman said.
The Honkers led 28-17 at halftime and outscored Klickitat 28-14 in the second half.
"We didn't come out with the same intensity as we did with Stanfield (Friday) ," Troutman said. "We made some adjustments and played a good defensive game in the second half."
Jeremy Rosenbalm scored 15 points for Arlington and Troutman praised the efforts of Nemanya Nidzovic.
Monument-Dayville 52, Wheeler 43
WHEELER - Monument-Dayville's Brad Woosley was too much for the Wheeler Falcons to handle in a consolation boys basketball game at the Wheeler Tip-Off Tournament Saturday.
Woosley scored 12 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead Monument-Dayville to a 52-43 victory over the Falcons.
"We ran out of energy in the second half," Wheeler coach Rolland Hansen said. "We let up on our defense and the kid who was trying to guard Woosley just ran out of steam. Woosley really got going in the second half."
Wheeler led 21-19 at halftime, but Wheeler's lack of depth - sixh players - took its toll.
"We only have nine boys total in our school," Hansen said. "We have one kid on our bench and we have some freshmen who have never played before. I thought the kids played well tonight overall. We're improving. This was a competitive game."
Rick Moore led Wheeler with 15 points, Chase Schultz had 13 and Jake Wimer tallied 10 points.
"Wimer played a strong game for us," Hansen said. "This was his second 10-point game and he did a good job on the boards for us. Schultz came alive tonight."