MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi boys basketball team is becoming accustomed to close games, and pulled out a nail-biter against Ontario 44-40 in overtime on Saturday in Greater Oregon League play.

It was a wild finish and the Pioneers (7-13, 2-1 GOL) had to close a four-point gap in the final 16 seconds after a long inbound pass led to a layup and a 37-33 lead for Ontario (5-12, 0-4).

Hunter Yensen, who led the Pioneers with 19 points, quickly with a three-pointer with 11 seconds left, but Mac-Hi wasn’t able to stop the clock with a foul until five precious seconds had ticked off.

Ontario missed the front end of its one-and-one, and after Adrian Zaragoza finally corralled the rebound and fired a pass to Yensen there was no time for a shot. But Yensen was fouled with :0.1 showing on the clock and sank the first of his one-and-one to knot the game at 37-all.

His second shot rimmed out, but he made up for it by scoring six of Mac-Hi’s seven overtime points to put the Tigers away.

His three-pointer on Mac-Hi’s first overtime possession gave them the lead for good, but the game remained within a possession until Luis Garcia and Yensen each hit free throws in the final minute.

Yensen added nine rebounds to his stat line.

“We didn’t play our best game (Saturday) but we just somehow squeaked out a win,” said Mac-Hi coach Jordon Poynor. “Just believing in each other and playing all out for four quarters, they’ve really bought into that.”

Bobby Castillo led Ontario with 13 points.

Mac-Hi has a one-game lead for second place in the GOL with two of their final three regular season games coming against third-place La Grande. The Pioneers’ next game is Tuesday at La Grande at 7:30 p.m.

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OHS (5-12, 0-4) 6 12 8 11 3 — 40

M-H (7-13, 2-1) 6 13 3 15 7 — 44

ONTARIO — B. Castillo 13, A. Hawker 10, S. Hart 7, E. Sanchez 5, M. Mejia 3, M. Reyes 2, S. Hartley, A. Castro.

MAC-HI — H. Yensen 19, A. Garcia 9, L. Garcia 7, A. Zaragoza 6, B. Debord 3, A. Martinez, E. Garcia, R. Walton, A. Delgado.

3-pointers — OHS 1, M-H 5. Free throws — OHS 11-19, M-H 3-11. Fouls — OHS 16, M-H 20.

NIXYAAWII 59, POWDER VALLEY 51 — At Powder Valley, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles were able to hold off a fourth quarter charge to remain unbeaten in Old Oregon League play.

“Our shooting has been off lately like it was tonight,” said Nixyaawii coach Shane Rivera. “But this is an older group of players that had enough mental toughness to hold on down the stretch.”

Nixyaawii (18-1, 8-0) was lead in scoring by Fredy Campos with 20 points and Hunter Mckay with 14 points.

The Golden Eagles led just 26-22 at halftime, but a 25-point outburst in the third quarter opened the game up. Powder Valley outscored Nixyaawii 14-8 in the fourth quarter, but Rivera said that his teams’ experience played a factor in being able to hold on for the win.

Nixyaawii extends its season-high win streak to 12 games with four games left to play in the regular season. It next hosts Echo on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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NCS (18-1, 8-0) 11 15 25 8 — 59

PV (13-5, 6-3) 10 12 15 14 — 51

NIXYAAWII — F. Campos 20, H. McKay 14, A. Corona 9, H. Melton 7, D. Kipp 4, L. Lewis, C. Case.

POWDER VALLEY — I. Colton 14, G. McGinn 13, S. Dixon 11, T. Eubanks 8, C. Day 5, H. Davis.

3-pointers — NCS 6, PV 8. Free throws — NCS 3-6, PV 3-11. Fouls — NCS 15, PV 11.

JOSEPH 57, ECHO 42 — At Echo, Michael Thompson finished with a double-double but the Cougars were unable to keep up with the Eagles in Old Oregon League play on Saturday evening.

Thomson paced Echo (7-13, 5-4 OOL) with 13 points and 10 rebounds while adding four steals.

Joseph (10-7, 6-2) found an edge in the paint, outscoring Echo there 26-16, and was led by Cayden DeLury with 19 points while Aaron Borgerding added 17 points and seven rebounds.

The snapped Echo’s three-game winning streak. The Cougars’ next game is Friday at Nixyaawii at 7:30 p.m.

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JHS (10-7, 6-2) 9 13 18 17 — 57

EHS (7-13, 5-4) 6 10 12 14 — 42

JOSEPH — C. DeLury 19, A. Borgerding 17, D. VanWinkle 8, J. Chrisman 6, C. Murray 4, W. Smith 3, T. Homan, K. Kilgore, T. Grote, T. VanWinkle, T. Wandschneider. (19-38)

ECHO — M. Thompson 13, B. Gibbs 10, C. Chavez 10, B. Moffit 5, Z. Gerkhe 2, T. Mulder 2, C. Medrano, H. Gerkhe. (16-50)

3-pointers — JHS 3-10, EHS 1-9. Free throws — JHS 16-30, EHS 9-13. Fouls — JHS 14, EHS 26. Fouled out — B. Moffit, Z. Gerkhe, B. Gibbs (EHS).

COVE 37, HELIX 32 — At Helix, the Grizzlies lost a close game for the second day in a row with Saturday’s defeat by the Leopards Saturday in non-league action.

After losing by four points Friday night, Helix (2-17) got down early with a slow start and couldn’t shoot its way back on Saturday despite a big game from Justin Williams, who finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.

Trent Taylor led Cove (2-15) with 15 points and the Leopards scored 21 of their 37 points at the free throw line.

Helix resumes Old Oregon League play at Powder Valley on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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COVE — T. Taylor 15, E.Elmer 11, H. Youngblood 5, T. Leitner 4, L. Moore 2, A. Schlegel.

HELIX — J. Williams 20, T. Wilson 5, G. Christman 4, C. Marks 1, T. Fehrenbacker 1, J. Shaw 1, G. Newtson.

3-pointers — CHS 0, GHS 2. Free throws — CHS 21-32, GHS 12-29. Fouls — CHS 23, GHS 23. Fouled out — A. Schlegel, H. Youngblood (CHS), T. Fehrenbacker, G. Christman (GHS).

PILOT ROCK 50, CULVER 46 — At Pilot Rock, Chris Weinke and Bryson Pierce notched double-doubles as the Rockets held off a late run of three-pointers by the Bulldogs in their Columbia Basin Conference game on Saturday.

Chris Weinke scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the final frame to negate Culver’s five three-pointers in the same span.

Weinke finished with 12 rebounds as well while Bryson Pierce added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Pilot Rock (8-13, 2-5) led 34-21 going into the fourth and Culver (5-15, 0-7) never cut the lead to a single possession.

“Culver came out ready to play and our kids responded,” said Pilot Rock coach Mike Weinke. “Defensively they stepped it up to make sure we had a good cushion.”

Pilot Rock next travels to Irrigon on Friday for a 6 p.m. start.

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CHS (5-15, 0-7) 10 3 8 25 — 46

PR (8-13, 2-5) 11 13 10 16 — 50

CULVER — W. Basl 15, C. Sledge 14, T. Bogart 7, M. Davis 4, T. Olivares 4, D. Gutierrez, M. Krueger, J. Mendoza, K. Cox.

PILOT ROCK — C. Weinke 17, B. Pierce 16, G. McCall 5, I. Winter 4, D. Hasher 2, R. Lankford 2, L. Thieme 2, P. Roe, T. Denny.

3-pointers — CHS 8, PR 3. Free throws — CHS 12-25, PR 15-25. Fouls — CHS 22, PR 24. Fouled out — T. Denny (PR). Technical fouls — J. Mendoza (CHS).

MITCHELL/SPRAY 48, ARLINGTON 44 — At Arlington, the Honkers extended their losing streak to a season-worst eight games following a loss to Mitchell/Spray on Saturday night.

No details were reported.

Arlington (7-13, 1-8 BSL) next travels to Horizon Christian on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

NYSSA 54, UMATILLA 52 — At Nyssa, the Umatilla Vikings fell just short of upsetting first place Nyssa on Saturday

No details were reported.

Umatilla (10-11, 2-4) next travels to Riverside on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

IRRGIGON 61, WESTON-MCEWEN 46 — At Irrigon, the Knights improved to 5-2 in league play following a win over the Weston-McEwen TigerScots on Saturday night.

No details were reported.

Irrigon (14-5, 5-2 CBC) next hosts Pilot Rock at 6 p.m. on Friday, while Weston-McEwen (8-10, 3-4) will host Heppner at 6 p.m. on Friday.

CONDON/WHEELER 67, IONE 38 — At Condon, the Condon/Wheeler Knights stopped its three-game losing streak with a blowout win over Ione on Saturday.

No details were reported.

Condon/Wheeler (8-10, 4-5 BSL) next hosts Mitchell/Spray at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while Ione (3-14, 2-7) will host Dufur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

From Friday

WALLOWA 33, HELIX 29 — At Helix, trailing at halftime, the Cougars came out in a press in the third quarter to push their way past Helix in an Old Oregon League game on Friday night.

“We had difficulties handling the press and turned the ball over,” said Helix coach Ben Maney.

After gaining the lead with a 13-6 run Wallowa (5-12, 4-5 OOL) held on in the fourth and drove the length of the court for a layup to ice the win less than 20 seconds left.

Christopher Nobles led Wallowa with 12 points and Justin Williams led Helix with 11.

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WHS (5-12, 4-5) 6 5 13 9 — 33

GHS (2-16, 0-8) 4 14 6 5 — 29

WALLOWA — C. Nobles 12, R. Hafer 8, T. Haga 7, N. Allen 3, G. Burns 2, K. Frye 1.

HELIX — J. Williams 11, C. Marks 4, G. Christman 4, J. Shaw 4, G. Newtson 3, T. Fehrenbacker 3.

3-pointers — WHS 1, GHS 1. Free throws — WHS 12-26, GHS 6-9. Fouls — WHS 12, GHS 18. Fouled out — J. Williams (GHS).

Girls Basketball

CONDON/WHEELER 46, IONE 29 — At Condon, after she poured in 26 points to help down the Knights in their last meeting, Condon/Wheeler was not going to let Ione’s Jessie Flynn do that again.

The Knights double-teamed Flynn throughout the game and held her to just eight points as Condon/Wheeler (17-2, 8-1 BSL) grabbed sole possession of first place in the Big Sky League on Saturday afternoon.

“Defensively we played (Condon/Wheeler) pretty good, we just couldn’t score on them,” said Ione (10-7, 7-2) coach Nathan Heideman.

Three Knights scored in double figures led by Emma Logan with 16. Annika Rietmann added 14 and Becky Jaeger chipped in 12.

Flynn and Rachel Holland each scored eight to lead Ione.

Next up for both teams are home games on Friday at 6 p.m. The Knights host Mitchell/Spray and Ione hosts Dufur.

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IHS (10-7, 7-2) 5 6 8 10 — 29

C/W (17-2, 8-1) 14 8 6 18 — 46

IONE — J. Flynn 8, R. Holland 8, K. Gilbert 7, M. Orem 4, M. Flynn 2, I. Sandford, S. Qualls, K. Bass.

CONDON/WHEELER — E. Logan 16, A. Rietmann 14, B. Jaeger 12, A. Terland 2, B. Dyer 2, K. Reser, J. Homer, A. Ramsey, A. Carnine, L. Aamodt.

WESTON-MCEWEN 41, IRRIGON 23 — At Irrigon, the TigerScots held the Knights to 19.5 percent shooting from the field to pick up their fourth win in a row in a Columbia Basin Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

Ammarae Broncheau led Weston-McEwen (11-8, 7-0 CBC) with 11 points and the team finished with 23 steals.

Chelsea Quaempts had nine of those while Broncheau and Bailey Hillmick each added four.

Jada Burns led Irrigon (7-11, 3-4) with 12 points.

The TigerScots have the inside track to the No. 1 seed at the district tournament with a two-game lead on Pilot Rock with three games remaining in the regular season. Next up for them is a home game against Heppner on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Irrigon is one game behind Stanfield for the No. 3 seed, and hosts Pilot Rock Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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W-M (11-8, 7-0) 11 9 10 11 — 41

IHS (7-11, 3-4) 4 3 9 7 — 23

WESTON-MCEWEN — A. Broncheau 11, B. Hillmick 7, C. Quaempts 6, S. Finifrock 5, A. Hill 5, A. Finifrock 4, S. von Borstel 2, J. Lambert 1. (13-52)

IRRIGON — J. Burns 12, B. Aguilera 4, A. Zacarias 2, T. Davis 2, B. Rice 2, K. McLaughlin 1, L. Mills, H. Vera, N. Romero. (8-41)

3-pointers — W-M 4-13, IHS 2-6. Free throws — W-M 11-22, IHS 5-17.

ECHO 62, JOSEPH 46 — At Echo, the Cougars put on a defensive clinic to down the Eagles on Saturday in Old Oregon League play.

Echo (11-10, 4-5 OOL) finished with 22 steals and outscored Joseph (7-10, 3-5) 27-2 on points off turnovers. Joseph coughed it up 41 times.

Hannah McCarty led Echo with 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals, Kelsey Ranger added 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Devyn Tarvin chipped in another 12 points and six steals.

Satori Albee led Joseph with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Echo’s next game is Friday at Nixyaawii at 6 p.m.

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JHS (7-10, 3-5) 8 13 13 12 — 46

EHS (11-10, 4-5) 7 19 16 20 — 62

JOSEPH — S. Albee 20, A. Sykora 13, L. Makin 5, E. Hite 3, N. Williams 3, A. Kilgore 2, H. Miller, E. Couglan, C. Wellens, A. Cooney, T. Suto, C. Bailey. (21-48)

ECHO — H. McCarty 23, K. Ranger 17, D. Tarvin 12, T. Swaggart 5, E. Parks 4, L. Cox 1, L. Wiggins. (23-70)

3-pointers — JHS 1-2, EHS 5-18. Free throws — JHS 3-12, EHS 11-25. Fouls — JHS 22, EHS 16. Fouled out — E. Parks (EHS).

COVE 28, HELIX 25 — At Helix, the Grizzlies dropped a non-league game at home against Cove, as the team did not put forth its best performance of the season.

“We just didn’t show up to play,” said Helix coach Kirk Flerchinger. “But we’ll bounce back, we’ve got a tough weekend ahead.”

Macey Tullis was Helix’s lone double-digit scorer with 12 points

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CHS (5-13) 14 4 8 2 — 28

GHS (14-5) 3 10 8 4 — 25

COVE — S. Short 12, Team 8, H. Duby 5, A. Garinger 2, H. Davis 1, K. Witten.

HELIX — M. Tullis 12, P. Flerchinger 4, M. Mize 4, E. Fehrenbacker 4, S. Wilson 1, B. Newtson, C. Bennett.

3-pointers — CHS 3, GHS 4. Free throws — CHS 3-7, GHS 3-9. Fouls — CHS 18, GHS 13. Fouled out — S. Wilson (GHS).

MAC-HI 38, ONTARIO 24 — At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers earned their 12th win on the season with a win at home over Ontario on Saturday afternoon.

No details were reported.

Mac-Hi (12-7, 2-1 GOL) next travels to La Grande on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start.

NYSSA 50, UMATILLA 37 — At Nyssa, the Umatilla Vikings were upset by the Nyssa Bulldogs on Saturday, handing the Vikings its first league loss of the season.

No details were reported.

Umatilla (16-5, 5-1 EOL) next plays on Saturday when they host Nyssa for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

VALE 44, RIVERSIDE 17 — At Vale, the Riverside Pirates saw its losing streak extend to seven games with a loss to Vale on Saturday afternoon.

No details were reported.

Riverside (3-15, 0-6 EOL) next hosts Vale on Saturday for a 4 p.m. start.

PILOT ROCK 44, CULVER 19 — At Pilot Rock, the Rockets picked up their fifth league win of the season with a blowout win over Culver on Saturday.

No details were reported.

Pilot Rock (14-7, 5-2 CBC) next plays at Irrigon on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

POWDER VALLEY 46, NIXYAAWII 43 — At Powder Valley, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles saw its school-record win streak stop at 17 games as they were upset by Powder Valley on Saturday.

No details were reported.

Nixyaawii (17-2, 7-1 OOL) next hosts Echo on Friday at 6 p.m.

ARLINGTON 41, MITCHELL/SPRAY 26 — At Arlington, the Honkers earned only their second win in the last five games with a win over Mitchell/Spray on Saturday.

No details were reported.

Arlington (13-7, 6-3 BSL) next travels to Horizon Christian on Friday for a 6 p.m. start.

From Friday

WESTON-MCEWEN 45, CULVER 43 — At Athena, the TigerScots overcame a poor-shooting night to put away the Bulldogs on Friday in Columbia Basin Conference play.

Weston-McEwen (10-8, 6-0 CBC) shot 15 of 74 (20.3 percent) from the field while Culver (10-8, 2-4) was much more efficient going 19-41 (46.3). However, the TigerScots sank 10 more free throws than the Bulldogs.

Ammarae Broncheau led Weston-McEwen in every major stat with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assist and four steals.

Irma Retano had a double-double for Culver with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

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CHS (10-8, 2-4) 8 13 10 12 — 43

W-M (10-8, 6-0) 11 11 7 16 — 45

CULVER — H. Lewis 15, I. Retano 14, A. Fritz 6, J. Johnson 4, R. Slaght 2, M. Gamboa 2, M. Beeler, C. Duff. (19-41)

WESTON-MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 11, A. Finifrock 8, A. Broncheau 6, A. Hill 5, S. Finifrock 4, B. Hillmick 4, S. von Borstel 4, K. Vescio 3, A. Schroeder, J. Lambert. (15-74)

3-pointers — CHS 0-6, W-M 0-8. Free throws — CHS 5-20, W-M 15-31. Fouls — CHS 22, W-M 19. Fouled out — M Beeler (CHS)

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