Mac-Hi makes boys hoops failed bid for upset

The Pioneer boys draw within two at the half, but fall to La Grande Tuesday, 49-35.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - For a half of basketball, Mac-Hi's boys looked primed to spring an upset against La Grande, but then the Tigers interior size took over as La Grande stretched a two-point halftime spread to 14 by the final buzzer for a 49-35 victory.

The Tigers were lead by a big night from Eyler Aldrich, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

"Yeah, their bigs kind of got us there in the second half," said Mac-Hi head coach Sean Oliver. "We were right there, but before you knew it they were up by double figures."

Mac-Hi did battle back. After falling down 43-26 with 4:33 left in the final frame, a 9-0 run pulled the Pioneers within eight, but the Tigers' lead proved to be too much to overcome as they iced the game with free throws.

"We fell into a hole, and we're a young team," Oliver said. "I think that it showed that we haven't played together as much as they have."

The Pioneers (3-12, 0-4) were paced by 11 points and a trio of 3s from forward Ricky Angel.

"We shot pretty well from deep, but we just couldn't quite get going on the inside," Oliver said. "We need to get more balance to win these kind of games.

"This was a great team we played tonight, and our guys played with heart, but it just wasn't quite enough."

Up next for Mac-Hi is a home contest against Ontario on Saturday.

"We feel like if we can compete like we did tonight we can hang with them," Oliver said. "Our guys keep improving so we're looking forward to getting that first league win. They keep fighting tooth and nail."

La Grande 49, Mac-Hi 35

LA G (49) - Matney 0-0 1-2 1, Orton 0-2 0-0 0, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0, Sofe 0-0 0-0 0, Wicklander 0-0 0-0 0, Haynes 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 0-1 0-1 0, Ackerman 4-11 6-9 14, Miller 1-5 4-5 6, Yundt 0-1 0-0 0, Goss 0-0 0-0 0, Stone 3-8 2-4 8, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, Aldrich 6-10 6-10 18, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-39 19-31 49

MAC-HI (35) - Corona 2-6 0-0 6, S. Ortiz 0-0 0-0 0, Hadden 1-4 5-6 7, Field 0-1 0-1 0, Sandoval 0-0 0-0 0, Flores 2-6 0-0 4, O. Ortiz 2-2 0-0 4, Richwine 2-7 1-2 5, Angel 4-12 0-0 11, Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-38 6-9 35.

La G 8 12 10 19 - 49

Mac-Hi 12 6 4 13 - 35

3-point goals - La G none, Mac-Hi 3 (Angel 3). Total fouls- La G 14, Mac-Hi 21. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- La G 26 (Aldrich 10), Mac-Hi 18 (Richwine 6). Turnovers- La G 14, Mac-Hi 16.

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