Pioneer boys fall to La Grande, 57-20, Tuesday night

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Mac-Hi's Kendall Brown (left) keeps the ball out of reach as he pulla down a long pass from a teammate during the first half of the Pioneers' game against the La Grande Tigers Tuesday night.

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Greater Oregon League leaders, the La Grande Tigers at 8-0, beat the Mac-Hi boys, 57-20, here Tuesday night.

Ryan Tooke of the Tigers scored 20 points and pulled down six boards to lead his team. Brad Townsend had 17 points and eight rebounds.

"La Grande is a tough team," Mac-Hi coach Nick Ellis said. "They are very talented, tall and quick."

The Tigers outrebounded the Pioneers 27-17.

A bright spot for the Pioneers was Zach Conlee, with eight rebounds, and Lupito Salazar with five.

The Pioneers also had 10 steals in the game.

Oscar Flores and Nick Stanford had three apiece to lead the team.

The leading scorer for Mac-Hi was Stanford with six points on two 3-pointers, both in the first quarter.

The score was 13-8 after the first quarter.

Conlee scored the other bucket for Mac-Hi in the first.

The lead stretched to 18-8 Tigers early in the second quarter, behind Townsend's seven points and five rebounds.

Mac-Hi grew no closer throughout the rest of the game.

At the half, Tooke had eight of his 20 points on the night.

The Pioneers scored only six points in the second half.

"The kids tried hard, but we weren't sharp," Ellis said. "We didn't execute well.

"We also struggled shooting," he said. "We hurried because we knew they were coming and just didn't put the ball in the basket."

Mac-Hi plays again Friday at home against Baker at 7:30 p.m.

They then either travel to Ontario or Baker for the district playoffs.

The winner of that game goes to state, and the loser goes home.

LA GRANDE (57) - T. Nice 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 1-2 3, Attila 0 0-0 0, Z. Nice 0 0-0 0, Ackerman 2 0-0 4, Yundt 2 1-2 5, Tooke 5 6-9 20, Mills 0 0-0 0, Chandler 1 1-1 3, Humber 0 0-0 0, Aldrich 2 0-0 4, Townsend 7 2-3 17. Totals 21 12-18 57,

MAC-HI (20) - Stanford 2 0-0 6, Croghan 1 0-0 3, Riley 1 1-2 3, Flores 0 1-2 1, Salazar 0 0-0 0, Conlee 1 0-0 2, C. Brown 2 0-2 4, K. Brown 0 1-2 1, Hair 0 0-0 0, Knight 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 3-8 20.

La Grande 13 17 11 16 - 57

Mac-Hi 8 6 4 2 - 20

3-point goals - Mac-Hi 2 (Stanford 2), La Grande (Townsend). Total Fouls - Mac-Hi 14, La Grande 9. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - La Grande 27 (Townsend 8), Mac-Hi 17 (Conlee 8). Turnovers - La Grande 17, Mac-Hi 12.

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