PREP BASKETBALL - DeSales boys down Elgin in Enterprise

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. - DeSales outscored Elgin 22-10 in the fourth quarter here Friday night to pull away to a 61-45 boys basketball win in the first round of tournament play.

The Irish didn't play during Saturday's second round. DeSales' schedule was already at its limit and the school chose not to send its junior varsity squad back over Tollgate due to a winter weather storm warning.

The DeSales girls were also scheduled to play in the tournament here, but their schedule was already at its limit. So the DeSales jayvees played Friday but will not make a return trip here for Saturday's scheduled game.

Victor Mata pumped in 18 points to pace the Irish boys as they improved to 2-0 on the season. Tommy Gregg added 12 points, including six in the fourth quarter, and Spencer Cordeir led Irish rebounders with six.

"I think we just kind of wore them down," first-year DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said of his team's decided advantage in the fourth period.

"It was pretty much the same story as our first game."

DeSales opened its season on Tuesday with a 47-39 home-court victory over Mac-Hi, a game in which the Irish outscored the Pioneers 18-5 over the final eight minutes.

DeSales and Mac-Hi will get together again this coming Tuesday in Milton-Freewater. It will be the first of three road games for the Irish as they visit Tri-Cities Prep and Liberty Christian on the weekend for their first two Southeast 2B District games.

"We won't play at home again until Jan. 4," noted Griffin, pointing out that the Irish's only other games before the new year will be in the DeSales-hosted Christmas Classic Dec. 28-30 on the Whitman College campus.

DeSales 61, Elgin 45

ELGIN (45) - Rissevuw 2 0-0 4, Harris 1 1-5 3, Miller 4 0-1 8, Little 0 0-0 0, McGuire 4 2-4 10, Ludwig 4 0-1 8, Church 3 0-5 6, Hallgarth 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 3-16 45.

DESALES (61) - Gregg 4 4-4 12, Donnelly 1 0-0 2, Williams 2 2-3 6, Soloman 1 0-0 2, Mata 7 2-3 18, Cordeiro 2 0-0 5, Elmenhurst 0 0-0 0, Leahy 1 0-0 2, Haen 3 0-0 7, Wales 3 1-4 7. Totals 24 9-14 61.

Elgin 12 7 16 10 - 45

DeSales 11 16 12 22 - 61

3-point goals - DeSales (Mata 2, Cordeiro, Haen). Total fouls - DeSales 18, Elgin 14. Fouled out - Elgin (Miller), DeSales (Williams). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeSales 28 (Cordeiro 6), Elgin 22. Turnovers - DeSales 28, Elgin 23.

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