The Joseph Eagles boys basketballers trumped Powder Valley 70-48 in its own house Friday, in what Head Coach Ron Lathrop described as a "kind of rough" performance. "We started a little slow ... they tied us (briefly) in the second quarter, but then we settled down and played," Lathrop said of the Powder Valley game. On Saturday, the team made the trip to Adrian from Powder Valley and played a fast-paced game against the Antelopes, winning by a wide margin, 68-36.
Joseph, using its increasingly versatile offense, outshot the Badgers in every period and finished the first half up 37-27. "I like the way we go inside and outside," Lathrop said. "We can take the shot wherever it's available."
Powder, perhaps a little frustrated by the Joseph offense, managed to get into some serious foul trouble, losing three players who garnered their fifth call.
JHS junior Joe Dawson led in scoring for Joseph, with 17 points, with teammates Kyle Hook (16 pts), Tristan Patton (12) and Derek Layton (12) all shooting in the double digits as well. Hook had all four of Joseph's three-pointers for the evening.
While the posts may get more attention, Lathrop also praised the play of his point guards, Justin Bird and Lane Bailey, for their hustle and steady improvement this season.
Powder Valley's top scorer was Bryson Allen, who had a game-leading 19 points, all but five in the first half. Following some half-time adjustments Allen's shooting was sharply curtailed.
At Adrian, it was something of a buffet of sports, according to Lathrop.
"If you liked football, basketball or track, you could have watched all three at the same time," he joked. "It was a helter-skelter, up-and-down game, and rough." Rough enough that two Adrian players fouled out of the game, and Joseph's Dawson, as well. Joseph picked up 16 points in its 32 shots from the free throw line.
Hook shot the ball well from the perimeter, Lathrop noted, finishing with a game leading 22 points, including two baskets from beyond the arc.
Dawson and Layton put up 12 and 15 points, respectively.
"We were in a pretty good groove, and we'll need it this weekend," Lathrop said, in reference to the Eagles upcoming game with Imbler, also 4-0 in league play. JHS isn't planning anything unusual for the Friday game, scheduled to start at approximately 7 p.m. for the boys. "We'll play them straight up - they like to play us (and) we like to play them," Lathrop said.
Following the Imbler showdown, Joseph will host Wallowa on Saturday, with the boys slated for tip-off at roughly 5 p.m.
The Joseph boys' junior varsity basketball team (7-1) ended the weekend with a 78-32 win at Adrian on Saturday. Four players scored in double figures, with Jordan Maslach and Devin Patton pulling down 11 boards apiece. The defense, led by Jesse Bird's seven steals, yielded 25 total steals, and the offense shot 43 percent from the field.
Friday night saw the Jo-Hi JV beat Powder Valley 61-20 in a game shortened to three quarters so that Powder Valley would be able to legally field a varsity team.
When the Badgers went down to four players due to fouls, Joseph played with a fifth player standing just inside the sideline at midcourt for the rest of the game. Seven players scored 8-12 points apiece, while the team shot 67 percentage from the field.