Weston-McEwen boys hold off Stanfield, 78-74

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ATHENA - Weston-McEwen held a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then hung on for a 78-74 victory over Stanfield in a Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball game here Friday night.

The TigerScots advance to this week's district tournament at the Pendleton Convention Center as the second-place finisher in the BMC. Weston-McEwen plays Stanfield in the opening round of the tournament at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Weston-McEwen finished up the regular season 12-2 in league and 15-9 overall. "We had a chance to put them away," W-M coach Brian Pickard said of Friday's triumph. "In the fourth, we went up 15, but then we started forcing shots and let them back in it.

"I'm pretty proud of how we've come along," Pickard said. "We're playing pretty good basketball."

Owen Hegdal scored 27 points and snared 15 rebounds for the TigerScots. He also claimed seven of Weston-McEwen's 20 steals on the night.

Dallas Reich added 17 points for the winners and also hauled down 15 boards.

Tyler Babb and Miles Thul were next in the Weston-McEwen scoring column with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"About the last two weeks, we've had four or five guys in double figures every night," Pickard said. "When you get four in double figures, it makes it awfully tough on your opponent."

STANFIELD (74) - Griffin 4 0-0 8, Bailey 7 3-5 20, Grogan 3 4-6 10, Shirley 8 0-2 16, Blevins 4 4-5 13, Madrigal 1 0-0 2, Erwert 0 1-2 1, Whelan 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 12-21 74.

WESTON-MCEWEN (78) - C. Hegdal 1 4-4 6, Thul 2 4-6 10, Sohappy 1 0-2 3, Terjeson 0 0-0 0, Babb 4 3-4 11, Reich 6 5-6 17, Christopher 2 0-0 4, O. Hegdal 9 9-11 27, McGill 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 25-33 78.

Stanfield 14 23 13 24 - 74

Weston-McEwen 19 22 22 15 - 78

3-point goals - Stanfield 4 (Bailey 3, Blevins), Weston-McEwen 3 (Thul 2, Sohappy). Total fouls-Stanfield 20, Weston-McEwen 16. Fouled out-Stanfield (Grogan), Weston-McEwen (C. Hegdal, O. Hegdal). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds-Stanfield 21 (G. Beale 4), Weston-McEwen 53 (Reich 15, O. Hegdal 15). Turnovers-Weston-McEwen 23. Assists-Weston-McEwen 10 (Reich 6).

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