WILSONVILLE - Pendleton boys basketball passed a big test with flying colors Tuesday, knocking off Thurston 47-42 in the Holiday Inn WIT in Wilsonville.
Thurston entered the game ranked No. 12 in the Class 5A?Coaches Poll and was the Buckaroos' first 5A?opponent of the season. The Colts (4-3)?also brought a wealth of height in a pair of 6-foot-7 posts and another player at 6-foot-5.
The Bucks (8-0) bottled up Thurston's 6-7 Kyllian Woods and held the Colts' leading scorer for the season to just eight points.
Pendleton took a 27-17 lead into halftime but Thurston regained the lead in the third quarter when they got hot from behind the three-point arc.
However, rebounding and inside play helped the Bucks overcome a five-point second-half deficit and Travis Jones, Tyler Simpson and Lamar Fairley all hit free throws to seal the win in the fourth quarter, said Pendleton head coach Stu Clem.
Fairley led the Bucks with 14 points while Simpson added 11 and Devon Polhamus scored 10.
The Bucks will continue tournament play this evening.