W-M defeats Pilot Rock 66-56 in boys basketball action Saturday night

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ATHENA - Owen Hegdal scored 16 points and had seven boards to pace Weston-McEwen to a Class 2A Blue Mountain Conference victory, 66-56, over Pilot Rock.

"Owen did a good job of taking the ball inside and getting fouled," W-M coach Brian Pickard said. "He was 6-for-6 for free throws in the fourth quarter and had six offensive rebounds in the game. He was huge for us tonight."

Weston-McEwen played full-court man pressure defense the whole game.

Hegdal and Dallas Reich each had six steals, while the team had 17 total.

Reich pounded the ball inside to score 14 points.

Miles Thul added 12 points and dished out a team-high five assists.

Jacob Christopher scored in double figures, the fourth player to score in double digits on the night for the TigerScots.

"A lot of our guys that normally score a bunch didn't tonight," Pickard said. "So it was good to see other guys step up and score in double figures."

The team leaders in rebounding for W-M were Hegdal and Reich with eight apiece.

"We had a 10-point lead with three or four minutes remaining," Pickard said. "Then they started fouling and we were able to make our free throws down the stretch."

Weston-McEwen now sits in second place in the conference with a 10-2 record.

Two more games this week will decide their final seeding in the district tournament in Pendleton. The district tournament is bracket style, with three out of five teams qualifying for state.

PILOT ROCK (56) - Wallace 0 0-0 0, Bowie 7 1-2 15, Maskell 1 1-2 3, Byrnes 4 4-7 15, Cutler 6 0-0 12, Lazinka 5 0-0 11. Totals 23 6-11 56.

WESTON-MCEWEN (66) - C. Hegdal 2 1-2 5, Thul 5 1-4 12, Penaloza 1 0-0 2, Babb 0 5-6 5, Reich 6 1-2 14, Christopher 3 5-8 12, O. Hegdal 2 12-15 16. Totals 19 25-37 66.

Pilot Rock 17 14 13 12 - 56

W-M 19 15 14 18 - 66

3-point goals - W-M (Reich, Christopher, Thul), Pilot Rock (Byrnes 3 Lazinka 1). Total fouls - Pilot Rock 25, W-M 14. Fouled out - Pilot Rock (Maskell, Cutler). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Pilot Rock 33 (Lazinka 11), W-M 30 (O. Hegdal 8, Reich 8). Turnovers - W-M 12. Assists - W-M 11 (Thul 5).

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