The Riverside Pirates might have played themselves out of the playoffs last week with losses to Ontario and La Grande.

The Pirates (10-9, 5-5 GOL) are two games out of a playoff spot behind Burns (18-4, 7-3 GOL) and will need to win out and hope that Burns drops its last two conference games to Ontario and Mac-Hi.

Riverside visits Mac-Hi (4-16 overall, 0-9 GOL) at 6 p.m. Friday and finishes their season at Baker Feb. 28. The Pirates dismantled Mac-Hi 62-26 in their first meeting Jan. 31.

The Pioneers end the week Saturday at 6 p.m. with a visit to Burns.

GOL Boys

Playing in the Greater Oregon League is no easy task without an inside presence, just ask the Riverside Pirates and the Mac-Hi Pioneers.

Riverside (6-14, 2-8 GOL) has struggled mightily in its run through the GOL and looks to avoid a last-place finish Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a visit to Mac-Hi (9-11 overall, 2-7 GOL).

Riverside edged Mac-Hi 65-62 in overtime Jan. 31 in their first encounter.

The Pioneers have also struggled against a very competitive league that features some of the state's better teams in Ontario, La Grande and Baker.

Mac-Hi comes off a 57-42 loss to Baker last week in a game that the Pioneers again had difficulties containing Baker's size advantage. Riverside comes off a 65-32 rout to the No. 9-ranked Ontario Tigers and scored just 12 points in the second half.

Each team desperately needs wins to try and shed some light on what has been a difficult season.

Mac-Hi will wrap-up the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a trip to Burns (7-15, 2-8 GOL). The Pioneers defeated Burns 51-49 Feb. 1, behind Marco Martinez who hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left and led the team with 12 points.


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