BEND - The Pendleton boys' basketball team kept pace in the Intermountain Conference playoff race with a 51-44 win over Summit Saturday that completed a must-have road sweep.
"I couldn't be prouder of our kids coming down with an attitude of we were going to battle two teams that we thought we could beat," said Pendleton coach Stu Clem, who added the win was good redemption for a home loss to the Storm.
Pendleton's Spenser Sundin scored a game-high 26 points but Clem said it was a defensive play by a kid that didn't even score that ended up being the key moment in the victory.
Late in the fourth, Summit (11-9, 5-6 IMC) threatened to take the lead with a couple of quick three-pointers but senior Matt Baty stepped up to take a charge that ended their run and allowed the Bucks (10-9, 6-5 IMC) to get back on the offensive.
Even after a long night in Prineville the night before, Clem said he thought his team showed more energy in the Saturday afternoon outing, another sign of their resolve to finish out strong.
The Bucks have a tough road to hoe to make the playoffs with two dates against The Dalles Wahtonka and one in Hermiston to finish out the regular season. They are a game out of the playoffs after this weekend and can guarantee a playoff spot if they win out.