Slow start leaves Mac-Hi boys in catch-up mode in loss to La Grande

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The Pioneers lurched out of the gates Tuesday night, and La Grande took advantage.

Mac-Hi fell into a 15-2 hole to open its game with the Tigers and couldn’t complete a comeback, falling 66-47 in a Greater Oregon League basketball game.

“We had a really slow start,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “It really wasn’t that we played that bad, we just missed a lot of layins. We missed a lot of open looks.

“We didn’t come out with a lot of poise and they shot the ball well,” Chester continued. “That’s a big hole, down 13 in the first quarter.”

The Pioneers played La Grande even in the second quarter, but a 25-10 La Grande third put the game out of reach, with Mac-Hi trailing, 54-26, entering the final frame.

“The effort was there tonight,” Chester said. The guys played hard. We just got in too big of a hole and the guys wore themselves out trying to get back out of it.”

Dylan Shuler led Mac-Hi (2-12 overall, 0-4 GOL) with 12 points in the loss.

“He’s kind of one of our quiet leaders,” Chester said of Shuler, a guard. “He can fill up a stat sheet if you look at it. He’s a really good player for us.”

Four different Tigers hit double figures, with Tyson Wicklander scoring 14 to lead the way.

Mac-Hi hosts Ontario Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

LA GRANDE 66, MAC-HI 47

LA GRANDE (66) — Wicklander 5 4-5 14, Cederholm 0 0-2 0, Williams 1 0-0 3, White 5 3-3 13, Dall 4 1-2 11, Powell 2 3-3 7, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Yohannan 0 0-0 0, March 1 0-0 2, Bodfish 5 1-1 11, Boyd 0 0-0 0, Powers 2 0-0 5. Totals 26 12-16 66.

MAC-HI (47) — Saldana 1 1-3 3, Ortiz 2 0-2 6, Armenta 0 0-2 0, Shuler 5 1-2 12, Ley 3 3-3 9, McElrath 0 0-0 0, Angel 3 0-0 7, Richwine 2 2-2 6, Williams 0 1-2 1, Perez 1 0-0 3, Podolski 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-16 47.

La Grande 15 14 25 12 — 66

Mac-Hi 2 14 10 21 — 47

3-point goals — LaG 4 (Williams, Dall 2, Powers), Mac 5 (Ortiz 2, Shuler, Angel, Perez). Total fouls — LaG 16, Mac 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — LaG 19 (Wicklander 4), Mac 21 (Ortiz 4, Angel 4). Turovers — LaG 11, Mac 21. Assists — LaG 4 (Wicklander, Williams, Dall, Powell), Mac 2 (Ortiz, Ley).

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