PENDLETON - Pendleton's boys basketball team rallied in the second half to defeat the Mountain View Cougars 66-61 in an Intermountain Conference game Saturday and keep alive its hopes for second place in the IMC.
The Cougars (8-15 overall, 6-7 IMC) held a 40-31 halftime lead, but the Buckaroos (14-9, 9-4) outscored Mountain View 18-10 in the third quarter to pull within 50-49 and then outscored the Cougars 17-11 in the final period to take the victory.
Pendleton is one-half game behind Hermiston (9-3) for second place in the IMC and hosts the Bulldogs Thursday in its IMC finale.
"I was extremely proud of our kids," Pendleton coach Jeff Quinn said. "They gutted it out and showed a tremendous amount of heart. They competed well in the second half. This game meant a lot to both teams.
"It meant a playoff spot for Mountain View and it keeps our hopes for second place alive. They played well and our kids showed a lot of character in the second half."
The Bucks won the game at the free throw line, making 24 of 32 for the game and all eight of their fourth-quarter attempts. Justin Nuess led Pendleton with 21 points and was 15 of 21 at the free throw line. Jerad Short scored 15 points for the Bucks and was 4 of 4 at the charity stripe late in the fourth quarter.
"That tells a lot about the kids," Quinn said of Pendleton's fourth-quarter free throw shooting. "The kids did a nice job getting Justin the ball inside. He was getting hammered inside and the kids getting him the ball like that shows they're playing team basketball."
Mountain View's Jesse Hallender led all scorers with 28 points and was 10 of 15 at the free throw line. The Cougars were 17 of 25 at the free throw line.
Brian Nooy and Marcus Buckley scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bucks. Nooy also grabbed seven rebounds, five steals and four assists while Nuess grabbed six rebounds.
Hermiston 64, Summit 51
HERMISTON - Jake Burns scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter, leading the Hermiston Bulldogs to a 64-51 victory over the Summit Storm in Intermountain Conference boys basketball Saturday.
The Bulldogs (14-8 overall, 9-3 IMC), behind the shooting of Burns and teammate Mike Haberstich's 17 points, took a 19-9 lead after one quarter.
The Hermiston lead was extended to 29-16 at the half, and midway through the third quarter the Bulldogs had amassed a 22-point lead.
"The kids responded well and kept their focus after leading by 22," Bulldogs coach Larry Usher said. "They handled the pressure well in the second half."
Heppner 52, Umatilla 38
HERMISTON - The Heppner Mustangs used a 20-4 first-quarter advantage to defeat the Umatilla Vikings 52-38 in Columbia Basin Conference basketball tiebreaker Saturday at Hermiston High School.
The win puts the Mustangs (19-6 overall) in second place in the conference and puts the Vikings (21-4 overall) in the No. 3 spot for this week's CBC playoffs.
The first half ended with the Mustangs leading 31-17, and the Vikings could not make up the deficit in the second half, as both teams scored at 21 points.
Brad Adams led the Mustangs with 10 points. Chuy Elguezabal added nine points, while Brandon Seitz and Brian Smith had eight points each.
The Vikings were paced by Brian Littrell with 12 points.
"We played a great, intense first half and kept up the intensity," Mustangs coach Ken Eckman said. "It was a great team effort."
Stanfield 50, Pilot Rock 42
BOARDMAN - The Stanfield Tigers will enter the Columbia Basin Conference district playoffs as the No. 4 seed after defeating Pilot Rock in a one-game playoff Saturday. The Tigers broke a tie game at the half with a 16-7 third-quarter scoring advantage on their way to a 50-42 victory.
"We came out flat and Pilot Rock played us tough," Stanfield coach Glenn Seibel said. "Once we got rolling we played well."
Ricky Perches led the Tigers with 17 points, while Chuy Perches and Jacob Flemmer added 10 points each. Flemmer led the team with 11 rebounds and Jason Sperr dished out nine assists.
Phillip Perrine led the Rockets with nine points. Michael Krosting added eight points and Joey Anderson and Bobby Christensen scored seven points each.
Seibel said he had no problem getting his team ready to play.
"It was a big game for us," he said. "We wanted to face the No. 3 team."
As a result of Heppner's victory over Umatilla Saturday, Stanfield will make the short trip to visit the Vikings Tuesday.