PILOT ROCK — Dylan Grogan came off the bench after sitting out the first quarter to lead the Stanfield Tigers on a game-clinching run in their 54-36 win over Pilot Rock on Friday in Columbia Basin Conference play.
It was unclear why Grogan didn’t start, but his fresh legs in the second quarter and Pilot Rock’s own foul trouble opened the floodgates and Stanfield (13-4, 5-1 CBC) went into halftime leading 38-17.
Pilot Rock (7-13, 1-5) had three starters on the bench with three fouls for much of the decisive frame.
Grogan finished with a game-high 20 points and Ryan Bailey added 12 for Stanfield, which has won three straight in CBC play and moved into a tie with Heppner for first place with four games remaining until the district tournament.
Gunner McCall paced Pilot Rock, which struggled to get its offense into a rhythm with Bryson Pierce limited to just one point as Stanfield focused its defensive efforts on the Rockets’ best outside shooter.
Pilot Rock finished with 30 fouls in the game, allowing Stanfield to go 22 of 42 at the charity stripe. Rockets coach Mike Weinke said he’s happy the team is playing aggressively, but the key now is controlling that aggression.
Stanfield hosts Hepper for a first-place showdown today at 5:30 p.m. while Pilot Rock hosts Culver at 4 p.m.
SHS (13-4, 5-1) 15 23 1 15 — 54
PR (7-13, 1-5) 7 10 8 11 — 36
STANFIELD — D. Grogan 20, R. Bailey 12, A. Nunez 5, J. Garcia 5, B. Woods 4, J. Carrillo 4, L. Moreno 2, T. Flores 2, J. Galarza, E. Angel, N. Sanchez, T. Monkus.
PILOT ROCK — G. McCall 10, C. Weinke 7, I. Winter 7, B. Postma 6, P. Roe 4, B. Pierce 1, R. Lankford 1, B. Kannier, D. Hasher, T. Denny, L. Thieme.
3-pointers — SHS 2, PR 2. Free throws — SHS 22-42, PR 12-20. Fouls — SHS 19, PR 30. Fouled out — B. Postma (PR). Technicals — D. Grogan (SHS).
WESTON-MCEWEN 62, CULVER 26 — At Athena, defense set the tone for a TigerScots blowout in Columbia Basin Conference play on Friday.
“We got a lot of hands on passes and deflections, and that led to some easy points,” said Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard.
The TigerScots (8-9, 3-3 CBC) led 29-16 at halftime and started the third quarter on a 12-0 run to seal the win.
Shyler Mikesell turned in a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Shaw Broncheau added a game-high 16 points to go wih six steals and four assists for Weston-McEwen.
Weston Basl led Culver (5-13, 0-6) with 10 points.
Up next for the TigerScots is a road game at Irrigon today at 5:30 p.m.
Pickard said he thought his team only put in about 2.5 quarters of good basketball the last time the teams met, a 61-41 Irrigon win on Jan. 9.
“We need to take of the things we can control and play a complete game and see what happens,” he said.
CHS (5-13, 0-6) 2 14 3 7 — 26
W-M (8-9, 3-3) 14 15 18 15 — 62
CULVER — W. Basl 10, D. Gutierrez 4, C. Sledge 3, T. Bogart 3, I. Stevens 2, M. Davis 2, M. Krueger 2, T. Cox.
WESTON-MCEWEN — S. Broncheau 16, S. Mikesell 13, E. Reger 12, B. Speed 7, J. Patrick 4, X. Bailey 4, A. Finifrock 4, K. Rodriguez 2, K. Scott.
3-pointers — CHS 3, W-M 2. Free throws — CHS 3-7, W-M 12-13. Fouls — CHS 13, W-M 13.
ECHO 55, PINE EAGLE 38 — At Pine Eagle, the Cougars won their third in a row to move a half game behind Joseph for third place in the Old Oregon League on Friday. No details were reported.
Echo (7-12, 5-3 OOL) will get its chance to leapfrog the Eagles today when they host Joseph at 5:30 p.m.
WALLOWA 33, HELIX 29 — At Helix, the Grizzlies suffered their eighth straight loss in heartbreaking fashion on Friday. The four-difference was their narrowest margin in Old Oregon League play. No details were reported.
Helix (2-16, 0-8 OOL) will host Cove today at 5:30 p.m.
HORIZON CHRISTIAN 56, CONDON/WHEELER 43 — At Hood River, the Knights lost for the third straight game in Big Sky League action on Friday. No details were reported.
Condon/Wheeler (7-10, 3-5 BSL) has plenty of time to make up ground with six games remaining before the district tournament, and will host Ione today at 5:30 p.m.
SOUTH WASCO 54, ARLINGTON 39 — At Maupin, for the seventh-straight game the Honkers came out on the wrong end of a Big Sky League contest on Friday. No details were reported.
Arlington hosts Mitchell/Spray in a battle to stay out of last place at 5:30 p.m.
SHERMAN 82, IONE 30 — At Ione, first-place Sherman continued to roll and handed the young Cardinals squad its second straight loss on Friday. No details were reported.
Ione (3-13, 2-6), which picked up a win in the standings due to a forfeit by South Wasco in their Jan. 22 game, plays at Condon/Wheeler today at 5:30 p.m.
NYSSA 60, RIVERSIDE 27 — At Nyssa, the Pirates lost ground in the Eastern Oregon League title hunt with Friday’s loss to first-place Nyssa. No details were reported.
Riverside (7-11, 3-2 EOL) has dropped three of its last four but has a great chance to right the ship today when it plays at three-win Vale at 3:30 p.m. The last time the teams met on Jan. 15, the Pirates edged the Vikings 50-44 in Boardman.
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