WALLA WALLA - The Mac-Hi boys held off a late rally by DeSales of Walla Walla and took a 52-51 victory in non-league basketball Friday.

The Pioneers (3-4) avenged an earlier 62-34 loss to DeSales this season.

Carlos Cruz and Nic Ely led the Mac-Hi scoring charge with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Ely also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

DeSales jumped out to a 14-9 first-quarter lead, but the Pioneers trimmed it to a two-point deficit at the half, thanks to an 8-0 Mac-Hi run in the closing minutes.

"We made some adjustments in the second quarter," Mac-Hi coach Chris Myers said. "We played really good zone (defense) and made them shoot outside."

The Pioneer defense worked well, as they held DeSales' leading scorer, T.J. Conley, to only two points in the second half. Conley finished with a game-high 16 points.

Imbler 80, Weston-McEwen 54

WALLOWA - The Weston-McEwen boys basketball team could not withstand a fourth-quarter scoring barrage and fell to Imbler 80-54 in the opening round of the Wallowa Basketball Tournament Friday.

Zach Johnson paced the TigerScots with 24 points, but Imbler's Ethan Davis led all scorers with 25 points.

Imbler took a 18-10 first-quarter lead, but Weston-McEwen cut it down to two at halftime. The Imbler lead mounted to 10 points after the third period. Then the Panthers iced the game with a 24-8 fourth-quarter edge.

"It was a little disappointing," TigerScot coach Scott Pumphrey said. "We didn't play a very good game."

Pumphrey said he saw some positives, among them being the play of Johnson and T.J. Parrish, who finished with 12 points.

"The kids are still learning my system," Pumphrey said. "We will start clicking."

The TigerScots will play for third place today in the tournament.

Helix 50, Prescott, Wash. 32

HELIX - The Helix boys basketball team opened its own tournament with a 50-32 victory over Prescott, Wash., Friday.

Helix (4-4) outscored Prescott 22-15 in the first half as the Grizzlies won their third straight game.

Helix's Curtis Scott led all scorers with 13 and pulled down five boards for the Grizzlies. Jeremy Parker picked up 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists for Helix and teammate Tyson Reger added 10 points.

Helix plays Stanfield at 7 tonight in the championship game.

Echo 47, New Hope Christian 24

ECHO - The Echo Holiday Tournament produced a win for the host boys basketball squad as the Echo Cougars downed New Hope Christian 47-24 behind a stellar performance by point guard Curtis Bodewig.

Echo head coach Mitch Morioka said Bodewig "did a phenomenal job," running the offense as he scored 24 points, had seven rebounds and five assists. Corey McMahon led the Cougars with seven rebounds.

Morioka said that Echo's offense in the first half was as well-executed as it has been all season.

The Cougars pounced on the Crusaders from Grants Pass, scoring 19 first-quarter points and putting the game away by shutting out New Hope in the second quarter for a 30-7 halftime lead.

Echo (2-5) will play at 5 p.m. against Spray today in the title game.


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