IRRIGON — A one-point loss to Umatilla on Tuesday exposed a weakness on the defensive glass for the Irrigon boys basketball team that coach Davy Salas was not going to let become a recurring theme as the Knights try to finish out the season strong.

“We were harping on them all week after that,” Salas said. “Those offensive rebounds lead to second-chance points and that killed us against Umatilla.”

The Knights responded how Salas had hoped, and limited Riverside to one look at the basket most of its trips down the court on Friday night for a 58-28 win in their Eastern Oregon League tilt.

“Today we did a good job boxing out,” Salas said. “They have some really active kids and we did a good job of getting in position and squeezing the basketball.”

Rebounding totals weren’t available, but Irrigon (12-7, 5-3 EOL) was led on offense by Hayden White with 15 points and Johnny Philips with 14. The Knights were up 27-11 at halftime and outscored the Pirates 19-8 in the third quarter.

Riverside (6-12, 2-6) was led by Ricardo Rosales with seven points.

Two games remain in the regular season for both teams. Riverside hosts Burns today at 6:30 p.m. and Irrigon’s next game is next Friday when it hosts Nyssa at 7:30 p.m.

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RHS 7 4 8 9 — 28

IHS 13 14 19 12 — 58

RIVERSIDE — R. Rosales 7, F. Aparicio 6, J. Garcia 4, E. Castillo 3, D. Rodriguez 2, B. Altamirano 2, A. Hernandez 2, A. Martinez 2, E. Pena, D. Valenzuela, M. Hegar.

IRRIGON — H. White 15, J. Philips 14, L. Covarrubia 7, E. Carillo 6, A. Roa 4, D. Vera 4, A. Gomez 3, A. Rice 2, O. Vera 2, K. Fleming 1.

3-pointers — RHS 2; IHS 6. Free throws — RHS 2-4; IHS 12-15. Fouls — RHS 13; IHS 7.

Girls Basketball

IONE 56, DUFUR 39 — At Dufur, the last time the Cardinals met the Rangers they struggled in their half court defense and allowed 51 points in a loss.

On Friday, Ione (2-16, 2-8 BSL) went right at Dufur (6-10, 4-6) and was rewarded with its second-straight Big Sky League win while holding a team below 40 for just the fifth time this season.

“This was anther team where we decided we would try to press them,” Ione coach Nathan Heideman said. “We’ve got nothing to lose the rest of the season. I don’t think (Dufur) expected to see that from us.”

The Cardinals were led by Maggie Flynn with 22 points and Morgan Orem with 14, and pulled away after halftime outscoring Dufur 18-7 in the third quarter to take a 43-30 lead.

Dufur was paced by Leticia Macias with 13 points and Kayla Bailey added 12.

Ione’s next game is today at 4 p.m. when it hosts first-place Arlington. The Honkers are coming off a 47-46 loss to Horizon Christian on Thursday that was their first in league play to snap a 10-game winning streak.

Ione’s boys lost their game against Dufur 75-38.

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IHS 12 13 18 13 — 56

DHS 12 11 7 9 — 39

IONE — M. Flynn 22, M. Orem 14, I. Sandford 8, K. Gilbert 6, K. Bass 5, E. Taylor 1, Z. Gilbert, A. McDaniel, S. Qualls, M. Heideman, A. Medina, S. Knop.

DUFUR — L. Macias 13, K. Bailey 12, A. Outlaw 9, M. Kelly 3, R. Meanus, S. Byers, C. Beeson, R. Smith, M. Smith.

3-pointers — IHS 4; DHS 3. Free throws — IHS 10-11; DHS 8-14. Fouls — IHS 14; DHS 13.

IRRIGON 46, RIVERSIDE 27 — At Irrigon, the Irrigon Knights put together a big second half on offense as they outscored Riverside 33-17 in the half to take down the Pirates 46-27 on Friday night.

Irrigon (12-8, 5-3 EOL) coach Mike Royer said that the first half was mostly a defensive battle, emphasized by a minimal 13-10 score at halftime with the Knights holding the advantage. But the Knights were able to regroup in the second half and pull away, thanks to a scoring outburst by Alyia Munoz who scored 13 of her game-high 14 points in the second half. Munoz also chipped in four rebounds and five steals for Irrigon.

Also getting into double figures was Taylor Davis with 13 points and also 10 rebounds. Lacey Mashos led Riverside (8-9, 2-6) with eight points.

Irrigon next plays at home against Nyssa on Feb. 10, while Riverside hosts Burns today at 5 p.m.

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RHS 2 8 9 8 — 27

IHS 6 7 16 17 — 46

RIVERSIDE — L. Mashos 8, Br. Avalos 6, A. Hernandez 6, Bi. Avalos 3, F. Rosen 3, Daltoso 1.

IRRIGON — A. Munoz 14, T. Davis 13, J. Burns 9, A. Rice 6, Gilman 2, L. Mills 2.

3-pointers — RHS 3, IHS 4. Free throws — RHS 6-10, IHS 6-12.

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