EHS falters late in boys’  loss to Grant Union

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Close to ending a disappointing season with a four-game winning streak, the Enterprise Outlaws boys’ basketball team (8-15, 4-12 league) blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead Saturday and fell 68-66 at home to Grant Union.

On Friday night, also at home, EHS avenged an earlier overtime loss to Heppner by crushing the visiting Mustangs 50-34.

Grant Union’s sophomore guard Mitch Moulton went crazy at the end of the Prospector’s come-from-behind win Saturday, scoring 11 of his game-high 22 points during the final minutes when GU pushed past a mistake-prone Outlaw team.

And, according to Enterprise coach Steve Lear, all of Moulton’s late scoring heroics came from “outside shots,” including two from beyond the arc.

EHS 50, Heppner 34

Damon Greenshields scored eight of his 15 points in the second quarter when the Outlaws erased a 12-9 first-quarter deficit and swept into a 29-18 halftime lead.

Another one of Enterprise’s triple-towers, Kaden Lathrop, came to the forefront in the third period and scored six points in that 8-minute span. Greenshields, 6’4”, and Lathrop, 6’5”, led Enterprise scorers with 15 points each.

The third tower, 6’4” Jarred Snook, scored six points.

Friday’s ending was far different than Jan. 12 when the Mustangs, playing on their home court, eked past the Outlaws 51-48 in overtime.

Heppner’s only double-digit scorer Friday night was 6’3” junior J.C. Putnam, who netted 12 points.

Grant Union 68, EHS 66

Seven Outlaws dented the scorebooks in the second quarter when EHS outscored its foe by 12 points and swept into a 40-29 halftime lead.

Four minutes into the final quarter, said Lear, and Enterprise had stretched its lead to 15 points before the bottom dropped out.

“Massive turnovers,” was how Lear explained the collapse. “We could get the ball across midcourt, but our guards were unable to get the basketball to the big guys inside.”

He credited Grant Union (13-8, 12-4 league) as well, saying the Prospectors in the final minutes did a good job “of pressuring the ball and taking us out of our flow and harmony.”

The Achilles heel for EHS, as it has been all season for the 2A-4 Blue Mountain Conference team, again was free throw shooting. Not only called for more foul infractions than any other team in the league, the Outlaws have not fared well when they have gotten on the line. Although they won vs. Heppner, the squad only converted three of 10 free throws.

In the two-point loss against Grant Union, Enterprise made six of nine charity shots and the Prospectors 16 of 23.

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