Bulldogs' offense too much for Pioneer boys

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Four Baker Bulldogs boys basketball players scored in double figures as they put Mac-Hi away, 76-35, here Friday night.

"Baker is extremely talented," Mac-Hi coach Nick Ellis said. "They just have too many weapons."

Derek Blankenship led the Bulldogs with 21 points and seven boards.

Others scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs were Jesse Brown and Trace Richardson, who had 11 apiece.

Rounding out the top scorers was B.J. Quintana with 10 points.

Mac-Hi's top scorer was Nick Stanford, who had two 3-pointers for six points - one of them to give Mac-Hi the early edge at 6-5 with five minutes left in the first quarter. The lead was short-lived and the only time in the game that the Pioneers were on top.

The score after one quarter was 21-13 Baker.

The second quarter started on a Bulldog 6-0 run to make it 27-14 in favor of the visitors.

Stanford's second 3-pointer and a bucket inside by Kendall Brown cut the lead to eight, 26-18.

That was as close as Mac-Hi would get.

The halftime score was a 31-20 advantage for Baker, but the Bulldogs outscored the Pioneers 45-14 after the intermission.

"We played decent in the first half and then just get blown away in the second half," Ellis said.

Mac-Hi finished the conference regular-season without a win. There is still hope, however, for a state playoff berth. The Pioneers travel to Ontario Tuesday for a loser-out district playoff game. The winner advances to the state playoffs.

The Ontario Tigers are 3-6 in conference this year.

The Pioneers did battle the Tigers in Ontario to a two-point loss earlier this season.

"We're going to have to play four quarters," Ellis said, "if we are going to have a shot at beating Ontario on Tuesday."

BAKER (76) - Brown 4 3-4 11, Barr 1 0-0 3, Everson 0 0-0 0, Curtis 1 0-0 2, McEnroe 0 0-1 0, Richardson 4 0-1 11, Blankenship 7 5-5 21, Quintana 3 4-4 10, Lay 3 2-2 8, Smith 3 3-4 9. Totals 26 17-21 76.

MAC-HI (35) - Stanford 2 0-0 6, Croghan 0 3-4 3, Riley 2 0-0 5, Flores 0 0-0 0, Salazar 1 2-4 5, Conlee 0 3-4 3, K. Brown 2 0-0 4, C. Brown 2 0-0 4, Hair 0 0-0 0, Knight 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 8-12 35.

Baker 21 10 27 18 - 76

Mac-Hi 13 7 9 5 - 35

3-point goals - Baker 5 (Barr, Blankenship 2, Richardson 3), Mac-Hi 3 (Stanford 2, Riley). Total fouls - Mac-Hi 21, Baker 13. Fouled out - Mac-Hi (Conlee, C. Brown). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Baker 33 (Blankenship 7), Mac-Hi 20 (Riley 7). Turnovers - Mac-Hi 17, Baker 17.

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