Thul almost reaches triple-double in Weston-McEwen's win over Elgin

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ELGIN - Miles Thul came within one steal of recording a triple-double in Weston-McEwen's 69-51 Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball victory over Elgin here Tuesday.

This win gives the TigerScots an 11-2 conference record and a ticket to the district playoffs next week. They are 14-9 overall.

Thul popped four 3-pointers on the way to a team-high 18 points. He also dished out 10 assists for a double-double.

His nine steals, however, fell short of a triple-double.

Corban Hegdall and Dallas Reich contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively, to the TigerScots' total.

W-M's Owen Hegdall led all rebounders with 10.

Elgin's Dalton Moore led all scorers with 25 points, and he snagged a team-high eight rebounds.

The TigerScots jumped out quick for a 21-7 first-quarter lead.

That lead dwindled to six-points at halftime, 32-26, when Elgin rebounded for a 19-11 run in the second quarter.

W-M regained the momentum in the third quarter with a 21-12 surge en route to the victory.

"We jumped on them early," W-M coach Brian Pickard said. "Then we had a letdown in the second quarter.

"In the third quarter we ran off five-or-six baskets in a row off of the fast break.

"And we held on to the margin the rest of the way," he said.

W-M finished the regular season with a home game against Stanfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The TigerScots then open district play on Feb. 19 against Stanfield at the Pendleton Convention Center, with a 2:30 p.m. tipoff.

WESTON-MCEWEN (69) - C. Hegdall 5 7-9 17, Thul 7 0-0 18, SoHappy 0 0-0 0, Penaloza 2 0-2 4, Terjeson 0 0-0 0, Babb 1 0-0 2, Reich 7 1-1 15, Christopher 4 0-0 9, Speed 0 0-0 0, O, Hegdall 1 0-2 2, McGill 0 0-0 0, Greenwalt 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 8-14 69.

ELGIN (51) - Moore 10 5-12 25, Lizotte 2 0-0 4, Risseuw 1 0-0 2, Hallgarth 1 2-2 4, Nieves 2 0-0 5, McGuire 1 0-0 2, Ludwig 0 0-2 0, Miller 4 1-2 9. Totals 21 8-18 51.

Weston-McEwen 21 11 21 16 - 69

Elgin 7 19 12 13 - 51

3-point goals - W-M 5 (Thul 4, Christopher), Elgin 1 (Nieves). Total fouls- W-M 19, Elgin 11. Fouled out- W-M (O.Hegdall), Elgin (None). Technical fouls-None. Rebounds- W-M 34 (O. Hegdall 10), Elgin 28 (Moore 8).

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