Pendleton’s fate rested in the hands of Tanner Sweek on Friday night. The 6-foot-2 point guard hit the go-ahead shot with 12 seconds left on the clock to bring the Bucks out of a tie and claim victory against Banks, 61-59, in their first game at the Wilsonville Invitational on Friday.
“It was a roller coaster,” said head coach Zach Dong. “But we kept hanging around, and finally came back. It was a really physical game — seven of Banks’ 10 guys are also football players. They were big.”
Tyler Newsom led the Bucks in scoring with 27 points, including two baskets in the fourth quarter to assist in their win. Lane Maher had 11, Dakota Sams had 8, and Sweek 7. Banks was led by Brett Cameron with 26 points for the night.
FAITH BIBLE 58, RIVERSIDE 41 — The Pirates continued to face bad luck when they dropped a tournament matchup to Faith Bible at Westside Christian.
STANFIELD 58, CULVER 52 — Following their Thursday loss, Stanfield found redemption when they downed Culver at Friday’s Sherman County Tournament.
IRRIGON 67, HELIX 29 — Keith Fleming led with 22 points to give the Knights a win over Helix at the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Friday. Caleb Adams recorded 12 points, and Payton Smith 10.
TRINITY LUTHERAN 70, ECHO 33 — Although Charlie White didn’t miss a shot and led the Cougars with seven points, Trinity Lutheran turned them away at Friday’s Horizon Christian tournament.
WILLAMINA 61, HEPPNER 41 — Heppner couldn’t carry their Wednesday momentum into Friday as they suffered a road loss to Willamina.
IONE 51, PINE EAGLE 34 — Ione opened their home tournament strong with a victory over Pine Eagle on Friday night. They’ll continue the competition on Saturday, when they’ll face Helix.
REGIS 51, WESTON-MCEWEN 29 — Stockton Hoffman did the heavy lifting for the TigerScots, contributing 22 out of the team’s 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to salvage their Friday night game against Regis.
VERNONIA 57, UMATILLA 56 — Vernonia hit a deep 3-pointer in the final seconds to down Umatilla in a nonleague tournament matchup.
“Vernonia got a lot of tough shots on us. We were down the whole game,” said Vikings coach Scott Bow. Andrew Earl led with 18 points. Uriel Garcia had 16, and Trent Durfey 15.
CULVER 48, STANFIELD 24 — In Moro, the Stanfield Tigers couldn’t keep pace with the Culver Bulldogs to open the Sherman County Tournament, turning the ball over 30 times. It was an improvement in the girls’ second game, coach Daniel Sharp said, but there’s still a ways to go. Culver’s Erma Retano led all scorers with 20 points while Megan Wampler led Stanfield with 5. Savannah Sharp and Aileen Galarza each had 4.
IRRIGON 60, HELIX 14 — In Ione, JaLay Burns scored 25 points and the Irrigon Knights took down the Helix Grizzlies in the opening game of the Ione Tournament. First-year Helix coach Jim Smith said he saw a lot of good things, but in the end the Class 3A Irrigon out-hustled his girls and they had a hard time scoring. Arianna Krol led Class 1A Helix with 6 points.
RIVERSIDE 39, FAITH BIBLE 32 — Riverside lost their second game of the season in a nonleague tournament matchup against Faith Bible on Friday.
REGIS 65, WESTON-MCEWEN 56 — The TigerScots fought through double overtime, but couldn’t top Regis in a nonleauge season opener on the road. Weston-McEwen will travel to Oakland on Saturday.
IONE 52, PINE EAGLE 44 — Although Ione “came out of the gate rusty,” the team rallied for a victory to open their home tournament on Friday. Jessica Medina led with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Marie Chretien scored 13, with seven offensive bounds, three defensive rebounds, and four steals. Mackenzie Heideman had 13 points and three assists.
“Jessica got hot for us in the third and fourth quarter,” said head coach Nathan Heideman.
VERNONIA 46, UMATILLA 12 — The Vikings dropped their second nonleague game on Friday night to host Vernonia.
WILLAMINA 46, HEPPNER 42 — Heppner suffered a narrow road loss to Willamina on Friday. The Mustangs will hit the road again to play St. Paul on Saturday afternoon.