Waitsburg-Prescott boys down Mac-Hi, 63-57

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WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott used a full-court pressure defense for the first time this season in an interstate boys basketball game with Mac-Hi Tuesday and the move paid off.

Chance Leroue scored 17 points and pulled down eight boards to lead W-P (4-14, 1-7 Southeast 2B) to its fourth victory of the year, 63-57, over the Pioneers.

“We played full-court, man-to man defense and that was the first time we’ve done it all year,” W-P coach Tavis Crittenden said. “And the kids played really well. It was senior night tonight, so the kids played really hard because of that too.”

Dalton Estes added 14 points for W-P on five field goals, including four 3-pointers.

Dylan Schuler led the Pioneers (2-14, 0-5 Greater Oregon League) with 16 points.

W-P turned the ball over just 12 times in the victory.

“We didn’t turn the ball over, so that was huge,” Crittenden said. “(We have) 20-plus turnovers normally. We had four in the second half — it was why we took the lead.”

Chance Leroue led W-P with 17 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Dalton Estes hit five field goals, four from behind the arc, to add 14.

W-P, last place in the SE2B and eliminated from postseason contention, celebrated senior night with the win.

Seniors Stirling Eastman, Estes, Roy Ebong, Seth Deal and Logan Dozier got the start.

W-P visits DeSales Friday and Walla Walla Valley Academy Saturday to end its season.

Mac-Hi visits Baker Friday.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 63, MAC-HI 57

MAC-HI (57) — Saldana 0 1-2 1, Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Armenta 1 0-0 2, Schuler 6 2-4 16, Ley 6 2-2 16, McElrath 1 0-0 2, Angel 2 3-4 7, Richwine 5 1-1 11, Williams 1 0-1 2, Perez 0 0-0 0, Diaz 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-13 57.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (63) — Eastman 2 0-0 5, Estes 5 0-2 14, Ebong 1 0-0 2, Deal 1 0-0 3, Acevedo 1 0-0 2, K. Dozier 0 0-0 0, Lanning 2 7-8 11, Alexenko 0 2-2 2, Leroue 8 1-4 17, L. Dozier 1 4-7 6, Bartlow 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 15-25 63.

Mac-Hi 15 14 8 19 — 57

W-P 12 17 12 22 — 63

3-point goals — Mac 4 (Schuler 2, Ley 2), W-P 6 (Eastman, Estes 4, Deal). Total fouls — Mac 21, W-P 15. Fouled out — Mac (Ortiz). Technical fouls — W-P (Leroue). Rebounding — W-P 31 (Leroue 8). Turnovers — W-P 12. Assists — W-P 12 (Estes 4).

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