Turnovers trouble W-M boys in loss

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ATHENA — Weston-McEwen outrebounded Stanfield 50-28 Saturday night in a Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball game, but fell, 50-47, in the closing minutes.

The TigerScots (14-10 overall, 11-7 BMC) gave up 28 turnovers, many due to poor passing in the halfcourt offense, W-M coach Brian Pickard said.

“We weren’t throwing very strong passes and they just weren’t very strong getting to the ball,” Pickard said of his team. “They (Stanfield) were very aggressive in the lanes.”

TigerScot Tyler Peterson led all scorers with 14 points and pulled down 10 boards for a double double. Post Nick Pease pulled down a game-high 14 boards and scored 10 points for another double double, and Linton McAllister didn’t score but had 10 rebounds of his own.

“We’ve actually struggled on the boards for stretches this year,” Pickard said. “Obviously we’ve been working on it, but with the rebounding as a whole — 50 rebounds — you have to be happy with that.”

But four offensive rebounds scored for points down the stretch and an inability to tie the game after taking possession of the ball with 10 seconds remaining, despite two open looks from 3-point range, spelled a loss for the TigerScots.

Weston-McEwen will get a second chance at Stanfield, however, as they play the Tigers Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the district tournament in Pendleton.

And they know what to work on — turnovers.

“Absolutely,” Pickard said. “If we can put out that kind of effort next week, and we shore up a few things, we’ll be right there with a chance to win the game.”

STANFIELD 50, WESTON-MCEWEN 47

STANFIELD (50) — Gehrky 1 0-0 3, Ibarra 0 0-3 0, Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Haefer 4 0-0 9, Gonzales 1 0-0 3, Baros 4 1-2 10, Valdez 0 1-2 1, Angel 1 0-0 2, Esquivel 0 2-2 2, Linker 3 0-2 6, Martinez 2 4-9 8, Davehevski 2 0-2 4. Totals 19 8-22 50.

WESTON-MCEWEN (47) — C. Thacker 3 1-1 8, L. Thacker 1 1-2 3, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Zane Chapman 4 1-2 11, Younce 0 1-2 1, Tyler Peterson 7 0-1 14, Pease 4 2-3 10, McAllister 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-11 47.

Stanfield 11 11 17 11 — 50

W-M 8 12 15 12 — 50

3-point goals — Stan 4 (Gehrky, Haefer, Baros, Gonzales), W-M 3 (C. Thacker, Chapman 2). Total fouls — Stan 15, W-M 19. Fouled out — W-M (Pease). Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — Stan 28 (Linker 7), W-M 50 (Pease 14). Turnovers — W-M 28. Assists — W-M 9 (Ramirez 4).

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