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Outlaws boys basketball off to good start

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on December 13, 2017 8:49AM

Enterprise High School boys basketball got off to a good start last week going 2-1, winning big over Wallowa with a 54-40 on Thursday, Nov. 30 and a 59-38 win over Ione on Friday while suffering a 59-49 loss to Irrigon on Saturday. The latter two games were played at Ione’s Basketball Bonanza tournament.

Overall, coach Larry Wells was pleased with his team’s performance.

In the Wallowa game, Jimmy Wells led the Outlaw scoring with 16 followed by Trent Walker with nine points.

“We have 12 players and 10 scored,” Wells said. “It’s pretty good when you get 10 kids in the box score.”

The Ione game saw Wells again leading the scoring with 14 followed by Chris Bathke, Walker and Rylie Hayward with eight.

“We had 10 guys score points again,” Wells said. He had more to say about Irrigon.

“It was a pretty standard game with Ione, but Irrigon was pretty fast and athletic,” Wells said. “They were really stacked with seniors. It was the battle of the seniors in that game.”

Wells again led the scoring with 15 on the board followed by Walker with 9. Bathke had 8.

“He did great,” Coach Wells said. “He’s a terrific defender too.” Hayward followed with 7 for the cause. Nine players put points on the board.

Wells described the game as helter-skelter with both teams using the press to their advantage. The Outlaws led by 10 at the end of the first quarter and by 2 at the half. By the end of the third, the team was down by 8.

It was pretty well fought,” Wells said. “It was closer than the 10-point spread. We gave them a few points at the end, trying to gamble and get ahead, but I’m proud of those kids.”


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