The Riverside boys jumped out to an early lead and cruised from that point on to claim a 47-40 win over Umatilla in the championship game of the Ione Basketball Bonanza, previewing an Eastern Oregon League matchup.
Matt Hyder led the way for the Pirates with 13 points and Marco Corranza added 10 points as Riverside moved to 3-0 on the year, just four wins away from eclipsing last season?s total.
?We played good defense tonight,? said Riverside head coach Clair Costello. ?We hit some shots early and kept the lead around 12 or 13 points most of the way.?
Costello got another solid game out of senior forward Chase Simpson, who scored seven points but added 10 rebounds and five steals.
?He?s coming on a little bit this season. We didn?t get much production from him last year,? Costello said. ?Our older kids are doing a good job of being leaders.?
Winning has helped in the learning process, Costello said.
?It?s hard to teach winning unless you?re winning,? he said. ?You?ve got to win these games. Right now, we?re feeling pretty good.?
WESTON-MCEWEN 70, GRANT UNION 47 ? In Athena, Weston-McEwen wore down Grant Union and used a balanced scoring attack to open their season with a win.
Dallas Rich led the way with 19 points, Corban Hegdal and Jacob Christopher had 15 points and Miguel Thul had nine. The TigerScots had 20 steals but also gave the ball away 23 times.
NIXYAAWII 95, PENDLETON FRESHMEN 58 ? In Mission, Nixyaawii endured 31 points from Bucks freshman C.J. Nedellin to claim an easy blowout win.
The Golden Eagles put five players into double-digit scoring, led by Isiah Case?s 24 points. Shawn Simpson added 20 and Anthony Bonifer came through with 19.
IRRIGON 40, HORIZON CHRISTIAN 39 ? In Echo, Francisco Nunez hit one of two free throws following a technical foul with seven seconds left to give the Knights (1-2) their first win under head coach Jake McElligott.
Jesus Munoz led the Knights with 13 points and Colton Garrett added nine with both players coming up big down low, each with a team-high nine rebounds.
?The defense was much better today,? McElligott said. ?We were able to shut down their easy shots inside for the most part.?
ENTERPRISE 68, IONE 60 ? In Ione, the Cardinals (1-2) led 38-37 at the half but were outplayed on the offensive boards as the Outlaws (1-2) picked up their first win of the season Saturday.
?We had opportunities but one of the things we need to work on and what killed us was we got outrebounded 24-12 on the offensive boards,? said Ione Head Coach Dennis Stefani.
Ione was led by Matt Hams with a game-high 22 points and got a big performance from sophomore Adam Collin, who came off the bench for 11 points and six rebounds.
STANFIELD 90, PINE EAGLE 15 ? In Stanfield, the Tigers (3-0) remained perfect on the season with a throttling of the Spartans (0-2) Saturday.
Stanfield led 46-12 at the half and were paced by Quinton Grogan?s 17 points. Fourteen players scored points for the Tigers, which dished out 26 assists, led by five from Robbie Shirley.
The Tigers will join a large contingent of area teams playing at the Umatilla Columbia River Bash starting on Thursday.
CONDON-WHEELER 60, NORTH LAKE 25 ? In Fossil, the Knights won the Paul Humphrey?s Tip-Off Tournament with a strong first-quarter effort that put the game out of reach for North Lake.
Cole Macinnis had 24 points for the Knights and Tyler Urbock added 15 points, six steals and seven rebounds.
Condon-Wheeler has not allowed more than nine points in any quarter through two games.
PINE EAGLE 41, STANFIELD 23 ? In Stanfield, the Tigers (0-3) played their best basketball in the fourth quarter according to coach Candice Valentine but it was not enough to overcome the Spartans (1-1) Saturday.
Alyssa Sobotta led Stanfield with nine points while Pine Eagle?s Sierra Marks led the game with 13 and Breanna Thatcher added 11.
LA GRANDE 55, NIXYAAWII 39 ? In Mission, the Golden Eagles fell to 4A La Grande, partly due to a tough second quarter in which they scored only one point and went 1-for-17 from the free throw line.
Chelsey Minthorn and Miriah Withers each had 11 for Nixyaawii. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting just 15-for-44 from the foul line, which head coach Jeremy Maddern called ?unacceptable.?
GRANT UNION 76, WESTON-MCEWEN 38 ? In Athena, the TigerScots fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter and could not recover, falling to 0-2 on the year.
Haley Freske led the TigerScots with 10 points. Sydney Porter had eight points and Tiffany Cain added seven points. Weston-McEwen didn?t help themselves by going just 9-20 from the foul line.
ENTERPRISE 47, IONE 39 ? In Ione, 30 turnovers were too much for the Cardinals to overcome as Enterprise used a steady effort throughout to squeeze by the home team.
Shadow Kendrick had 12 points for Ione in what Cardinals head coach Mike Garrett called a solid effort for his team.
?It was a good all-around game,? he said. ?I was really pleased with how we played today.?
KENNEWICK ? The Pendleton wrestling team took just 10 competitors to the Bob Mars Invitational in Kennewick Saturday but had a solid outing, placing five and winning two weight classes.
Brandon Bradley won the 112-pound class, going 4-0 with two pins on the day and beating Richland ?s Tyler Mars 8-7 in the championship.
Roman Holcomb was their other champion, topping Moses Lake?s Omar Suarez by pin in 2:24 in the final for his third pin of the day.
Other placers were Colton Skeen (fourth at 103), Andy Robinson (fifth at 125) and Alex Simonton (sixth at 152).
?For what we put out on the mat today we wrested pretty hard,? said Pendleton Head Coach Fred Phillips. ?It was a good tournament to see what we need to work on in the coming months. We obviously know we need a lot of work and sometimes the kids need to see that against other opponents.?
ESTACADA ? Riverside wrestling got its season off to a good start, winning two weight classes at the Estacada Tournament and placing seventh out of 10 teams even though the Pirates took just seven wrestlers.
Junior Brigham Hansen dominated the 171-pound weight class, pinning all four opponents and earning the tournament?s Outstanding Wrestler award.
Hansen pinned Mollala?s Kyle Reed in 1:23 in the final match.
Riverside freshman Gustavo Madrigal also won a title, going 3-0 and beating Culver?s Mark Merill 16-0 in the 112 final.
Other placers were Martin Herrara (fourth at 130), Briton Hansen (fourth at 160) and Christian Llamas (fourth at 171).
Estacada won the team title, followed by La Grande.