The Oregon Trail Classic at the Pendleton Community Center saw the best and worst of the Enterprise varsity boys basketball team as they dropped a game to North Powder 42-41, Friday, and then ran wild over Condon 78-38 on Saturday.
Despite a 25-15 half-time lead, EHS couldn't stop a late charge by North Powder, led by the Badger's Bryson Allen with 17 points, and a game-winning shot by 5' 4" Jake Weems with under two seconds on the clock.
"That was one of those games where it seemed like we were unable to hit any baskets. It was our lowest production of the year, and I can't say why," reflected EHS head coach Duff Pace. His team's situation wasn't helped any by an attack of uncharacteristically bad ballhandling on the part of the team.
"We did have 21 turnovers," Pace said. "Turnovers that were often unforced errors. As a team we were disappointed that we couldn't play to our ability. It was one of those fluke things that happens."
It wasn't all grim. Senior Tony Swart had another of his rock solid nights and led shooting overall with 18 points, hitting three from outside the arc and going 3-for-4 at the line.
If Friday was a disappointment to the squad, Saturday was payback.
Luigi Dellarole came into his own from the outside against Condon, putting in five three-pointers. "It should have been six," Pace explained. Pendleton's court, donated by the Phoenix Suns, still bears the NBA three-point arc, and Pace is sure one of Dellarole's twos was a misjudgment on the part of the scorer.
"Dellarole's really grown offensively, as we've known he was capable of," Pace said. Dellarole led shooting overall with 23 points, barely edging out a 22-point performance by teammate Swart.
"The whole team did a great job of team play," Pace stressed. Enterprise had a team high 23 steals, and a team high 22 assists against Condon.
"It was really a good team game. After the disappointing loss the day before the guys came out and were really on fire," he said.
The Savages are now heading into league play and setting their sights on their next challenge, heading to Union on Friday, with a tip-off scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.
"From here on out, all the games count and we've got to try to play to our ability in each game. Hopefully we pick up where we left off (following Condon)," Pace said.