UMATILLA ? After a rocky first quarter that saw the Umatilla boys? basketball team down by as many as 10, Nathan Creason effectively took over and righted the Vikings against the Central Linn Cobras.
The Viking senior scored eight points to go along with 16 rebounds and six assists in Umatilla?s 77-66 win in the second round of the Columbia River Clash Friday.
?He?s always boisterous and gets us going,? Umatilla coach Tony Villanueva said. ?He can score, but he always gets the ball to where it needs to go.?
The Vikings? defense was the difference against Central Linn, holding the Cobras to 11 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third to take the lead for good, despite hot shooting from Trevor Parker (25 points) and Blake Nightingale (19).
Umatilla (4-1) was led by 29 points from Steven Williams and 14 from Ruben Navarrete, who added nine boards.
The Vikings will play Columbia for the championship, which beat No. 6 ranked Rainier 51-50 earlier in the day.
WESTON-McEWEN 69, HELIX 47 ? In Umatilla, John Huntsman scored 16 points and Ryan Webb added 15 as the TigerScots take the Columbia River Clash victory Friday.
Sophomore Garrett Rogers had 25 points for the Grizzles.
?It was our best game of the year,? Helix coach Dwayne Dunlap said. ?Rogers lit it up tonight. I?m pleased with our effort, despite the loss.?
UMATILLA 61, WESTON-MCEWEN 39 ? In Umatilla, the Vikings (4-1) picked up their fourth win in a row behind solid nights inside from Catherine Routson (13 points) and Naomi Castanon (12) and outside by Jessica Vandever (14).
The TigerScots (2-3) were led by a game-high 18 points from Nichole Zeller.
Weston-McEwen will play Heppner today in the third/fifth place game while Umatilla plays Imbler for the tournament title.
IMBLER 49, HEPPNER 34 ? In Umatilla, the Mustangs (3-2) got their second look at a team coach Mark Dowdy said has to be one of the best in Class 1A Friday in the Columbia River Clash.
Though they lost for the second time, Dowdy said the performance was big improvement as the Mustangs even led in the second quarter.
Jessica Hughes led Heppner with eight while Reva West and Demetria Thompson put in 10 apiece for Imbler (4-0).