WILSONVILLE - The Pendleton boys' basketball team was looking forward to testing themselves against some the best the state has to offer at the Holiday Inn Wilsonville Invitational Tournament and they got all they could handle against Crater Monday.
They fought back from a 20-8 first-quarter lead by the Comets to go into halftime down just 27-23 and pulled within one point late in the fourth quarter, but the Comets hit their free throws in the end to win 53-47.
Spenser Sundin dropped a game-high 21 points on the Comets (8-1) but their balanced scoring, led by Josh Dalton's 13, was enough to earn a win.
"Overall it a was a good experience for us to play the game," Pendleton coach Stu Clem said. "It's a really good tournament for us to be in. This is good experience, we just came out on the short end in that game."
Clem said he was pretty sure his Bucks (4-2) would see Crescent Valley in today's 3 p.m. game.
ECHO 54, WALLOWA 36 - In Wallowa, the Cougars (3-2) poured on 24 points in the final frame to run away with the Wallowa Lions Tournament first-round game and send the host team to just their second loss of the season.
Ryan Ramos led the game with 14 points while Colter McCallum contributed 13 to the winning effort.
HEPPNER 58, RIVERSIDE 55 - In Heppner, the Mustangs (4-3) held on for the win in the first round of the Heppner Tournament despite 6-of-11 shooting from the free throw line down the stretch.
The Pirates (3-5), who dropped their fourth straight game against a smaller classified school, were able to cut the lead to two before the Mustangs finally hit the shots needed to keep the narrow lead.
Starters Brent Eckman and Jared Huddleston played just a handful of minutes in the first half each due to foul trouble.
"I thought this was a great win for us," Heppner coach Dave Norton said. "Riverside's a good basketball team and for those young kids to step up when Eckman and Huddleston were in foul trouble was huge for their confidence and it gave us a chance to show we have a little depth."
Chris Lien paced the Mustangs with 22 points while Riverside's Jose Barajas led all scorers with 28.
Grant Union beat Dufur by two in a high-scoring game that was in the 70's, though Norton was unsure of the exact final score. Heppner plays Grant Union today at 5:30 p.m.
HEPPNER 45, RIVERSIDE 27 - In Heppner, after a first quarter in which the Mustangs (6-2) and Pirates (2-6) combined for just five points, the Mustangs snapped back to win their third straight despite the absence of three players due to illness and vacations.
"It's that time of year so you just try to play through and make it a learning experience," Heppner coach Mark Dowdy said. "We're really finding out what we need to practice. I'm pleased with the effort, I'm not necessarily pleased with the execution yet but we'll get there. I've seen flashes of a really good team."
Earlier, Grant Union beat Dufur 63-51 in the Heppner tournament to set up today's 4 p.m. championship.
Erin Price led the game with 11 points for the Mustangs while JoAnna Patton chipped in nine. Riverside was led by Brittney McCullough's eight points.
HILLSBORO - The Hermiston wrestling team is hoping its success in Day 1 of the Northwest Duals will bring better competition for Day 2.
The Bulldogs tore through their pool Monday at Westview High School, sweeping their four duals against Wilsonville (79-0), Sunset (84-0), Clackamas (67-8), Hood River (62-12).
"A lot of kids are getting a lot of experience right now," said coach Curt Berger, who added this tournament is a perfect primer for the Oregon Classic Jan. 10.
Multiple Bulldogs went 4-0 on the day, but Berger was especially pleased to see freshmen like Isaac Delgado - who competed at 103 for the first time in his career - go perfect in his four matches.