LEWISTON, Idaho ? The Hermiston Bulldogs flexed their muscles at the Inland Cellular Shootout with an opening round win at the four-team tournament held at Lewiston High School Friday, beating Moscow, Idaho, 63-47.
Hermiston will face the host team in the championship game this evening.
Luis Ortiz paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 26 points. Ortiz scored 12 points in the third quarter alone.
Cody Humphrey and Brad Irwin added 11 points each and Humphrey had a team-high 13 rebounds. Ricardo Rodriguez had a team-high seven assists to go along with his six points.
The Bulldogs (1-0) took a 17-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Moscow staged a come-back in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 16-14 and went into the locker room at the half down 31-25.
Hermiston came back hard in the third, with Ortiz scoring over half of the Bulldogs 20 points in the frame. At one point in the third quarter, the Bulldogs had an 18 point lead.
When Moscow had to foul late in the game, the Bulldogs pulled away. Hermiston was 14 of 24 from the line in the game while Moscow was 6 of 6.
?It?s early in the season and we weren?t in great shape,? Hermiston coach Larry Usher said. ?I?m pleased with our performance for our first game out.?
Nick Clyde and Jimmy Derringer led Moscow with 10 points each.
Hermiston is still not up to full strength as yet and are expecting the return of two injured players in the next few weeks, including All-Conference player Cody Meeks.
RIVERSIDE 65, IONE 59 ? In Ione, two freshmen led their respective teams as the Pirates win their opener at the Ione Tournament Friday.
Zac Orem led the Cardinals with 24 points while Jose Barajas had 23 points for the Pirates.
Both teams played nearly even throughout the game, with the lead being no more than six points at any given time.
Aaron VanGorder and Marco Carrzaza had 16 points for the Pirates. Matt Hams had 15 for the Cardinals while R.J. Ramos added 12.
WALLA WALLA VALLEY 69, STANFIELD 64 ? In Echo, the Tigers (1-1) made a valient effort with a 21-14 fourth quarter but couldn?t come all the way back after trailing the whole game in the Echo Tournament.
Walla Walla?s Michael Hanson led the game with 25 points while Stanfield?s Tyler Hawkins turned in a team-high 24, followed by 16 from Hector Esquivel.
PILOT ROCK 54, GERVAIS 28 ? In Jefferson, Tanner Mitchell posted six of the Rockets? 18 steals Friday as they held Class 3A Gervais to seven points in the first half to open the Jefferson Tip-Off Tournament.
?They didn?t match up with us very well size-wise or speed-wise,? Pilot Rock coach Doug Baxter said. ?They?re fairly young right now.?
Shane Lazinka led them with 12 points and six rebounds, Chance Bandy added 10 points and six assists, and Tevin Dominguez chipped in nine points and five rebounds.
PILOT ROCK 55, GERVAIS 23 ? In Albany, the Rockets took their opening game of the Jefferson Tip-Off Tournament Friday and will play today in the championship game.
Brittany Doherty led the Rockets with 13 points, while Amy Perrine came off the bench and scored 11 points. Perrine came in for point guard Jessica Wallis, who got in some early foul trouble, and ran the floor nearly error-free according to her coach.
IMBLER 49, HEPPNER 23 ? In Heppner, the Panthers used their game experience to put away the Mustangs in nonleague action Friday.
The Panthers were led by Reva West and Sarah Bowers, who led all scorers with 13 points.
Catherine McElligott led the Mustangs with seven points while Torri Lovgren added six.
?We came up against a seasoned team,? Heppner coach Mark Dowdy said. ?We were beaten down the floor but we did out-rebound them.?
HELIX 54, TOUCHET 26 ? In Helix, the Grizzlies made coach Dean Fouquette?s first game as a girls? head coach a good one with a dominant performance Friday.
Meaghan Schroeder led them with a double-double, scoring 12 and pulling down 10 rebounds, complimented by four steals and four assists.
?We put a lot of pressure on them in the first quarter in the full-court press and we just played tough man-to-man defense,? Fouquette said. ?I thought it was very good first game for our team. They came ready to play and they played aggressive.?
Kylee Rogers put in a team-high 15 points.
ECHO 41, PINE EAGLE 35 ? In Echo, the Cougars held on for their first win of the season Friday, but not before letting Class 1A Pine Eagle pull to within 38-35 in the fourth quarter to open their tournament.
?We just got kind of too comfortable and pulled off the throttle a little bit,? head coach Jeremy Laframboise said. ?It?s just learning how to win and make decisions when the game is close.?
The Cougars (1-1) were led in three categories by Kristin McCallum, who had five steals, 12 rebounds and two blocks. She also added six points.
UMATILLA 51, IONE 32 ? In Ione, the Vikings (1-1) proved too much for the Cardinals (0-1) Friday as both teams opened in the Ione Basketball Bonanza.
With 6-foot-1 post Naomi Castanon towering over an Ione roster that tops out at 5-7, the Cardinals found it tough going all night.
?It was a tough match-up,? first-year Ione head coach Mike Garrett said. ?It?s just the first game out of the block, it?s good to get that game over with.?
Umatilla was led by Jessica Vandever?s 12 points while Ione was led by Beth Morter?s eight points.
NIXYAAWII 76, YAKIMA TRIBAL 32 ? In Mission, the Golden Eagles (2-0) continued their suffocating press play to open up a 26-6 lead in the first quarter in the first round of the Nixyaawii Invitational Friday. They were coming off a 67-12 win over Irrigon that opened the season Tuesday.
?The last two games we really caused some fits with our presses and our overall athleticism,? Nixyaawii coach Jeremy Maddern said, adding the Golden Eagles? height advantage was a big factor all game.
They outrebounded Yakima Tribal 55-21, led by nine from Miriah Withers and eight by Mariah Watchman.
Nixyaawii also had their fewest turnovers in Maddern?s tenure with 12, according to the third-year coach.
Withers led the Golden Eagles with 18 points.
ENTERPRISE 45, RIVERSIDE 33 ? In Ione, the Pirates dropped their opener of the Ione Tournament and will face host Ione today in the consolation game.
Heather Bruce led Enterprise with 14 points while Sara Butterfield added 11 points.
The Pirates were led by Brittney McCullough, who had a great game, scoring 10 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Kayla Nelson added eight points for Riverside.
?We were real competitive then we went ice-cold,? Riverside coach Dirk Dierksen said. ?We were never able to catch up after that.?