HEPPNER - The Heppner Mustangs kept their Columbia Basin Conference title hopes alive with a 54-49 victory over Pilot Rock Tuesday.

The Mustangs (17-6, 10-3 CBC) trail Weston-McEwen by one game with one remaining and would need a victory at Wahtonka and a TigerScot loss to Stanfield to force a one-game playoff.

Heppner trailed early on after starting its five seniors for Senior Night, but came back to tie the game at halftime.

"We started with five seniors and played them quite a bit and they jumped on us," Mustangs coach Ken Eckman said. "We came out strong in the third quarter."

A 12-3 advantage in the third quarter gave the Mustangs some breathing room and they were able to hold off the Rockets in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Seitz had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Heppner, while Brad Adams added 13 points and grabbed 22 rebounds.

Eric Stelk scored a game-high 29 points for the Rockets (12-9, 6-7) who are now tied for fourth place with Stanfield.

Stanfield 63, Wahtonka 59

STANFIELD - The Stanfield Tigers clinched a berth in the Columbia Basin Conference playoffs with a 63-59 victory over Wahtonka Tuesday.

The Tigers (10-13, 6-7) will have to wait until Friday's games are completed to know who they will face in the first round of the CBC playoffs next week.

"We clinched our spot," Tigers coach Glenn Seibel said. "I'm proud of our kids and hopefully we'll have a good outing Friday at Weston-McEwen."

Jacob Flemmer had a big game for the Tigers, scoring 26 points, while Aaron Abercrombie added 16 and Chuy Perches scored 15.

Flemmer led the Tigers with 10 rebounds, while Abercrombie grabbed six and Perches led the team with six assists. The Tigers had 19 assists on 24 field goals.

"I thought we played pretty well," Seibel said. "We did a good job running the offense."


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