The Enterprise High School boys had a great start in the Ione Tournament defeating host Ione 70-50 in their first basketball contest of the year.

Tim Gilbert and Grady Rawls dominated the scoring for EHS contributing 21 and 20 points respectively. Kevin Gomes had seven assists for the game. "We had kids in there making steals and doing the right things for us, although it looked like Tim and Grady were carrying the offensive load, that really wasn't the case," said EHS Boys Coach Duff Pace. "We were pretty balanced in terms of getting the ball into those guys,"Pace added.

Enterprise extended their lead throughout the first half to go to the locker room with a 30-25 lead at the half. EHS continued to pull away in the third quarter behind the scoring of Rawls and Gilbert ending the period with a 51-40 advantage. The Red and Black out scored Ione 19-10 in the final period for the win.

Rawls pulled down 11 rebounds for EHS in the contest while Gilbert reeled in seven.

"All in all it was a very well played game for us for our first game," Pace said. "We had 12 turnovers in the first half but finished the game with 17 total after playing a much better second half," he added.

Enterprise played Umatilla in the championship game but a bad fourth quarter for the Red and Black gave Umatilla the win at 50-42.

EHS came out with intensity and jumped out to a 9-2 start against the bigger Umatilla squad.

The Vikings came back to take the lead at the end of the first quarter by a narrow 14-11 margin. EHS was able to stay with Umatilla throughout the second quarter to head into half-time down by six at 29-24. Enterpise mounted a comeback in the third out scoring the Vikings 17-11 to take the lead heading into the home stretch 41- 40.

Umatilla regained the lead 44-43 with five minutes remaining in the contest by going into a stall.

EHS had some players in foul trouble so they decided to stay in a zone defense. "I told my kids to pack it in if Umatilla wants to stall we'll let them," Pace said. EHS eventually extended their players at the guard position forcing Umatilla to make some turnovers. The Red and Black were unable to capitalize after a potential three point play was taken away by a foul. The score would have put EHS up by two points late in the contest. Also the lack of free throws contributed to the loss with Umatilla going to the line 17 times in the game, and EHS only twice.

Both teams scored an identical number of field goals with 18 and Enterprise hit more three point shots, but Umatilla held the advantage at the free throw line which eventually won the game for them.

"I'm disappointed with the loss but very pleased with our execution,"Pace said. "We ran a three point play that we had never practiced before," Pace said. " Had we practiced it all year we wouldn't have executed it any better," he added.

Pace said he was glad to see that the boys know the game well enough that he could draw up a play in 40 second and the team could execute it.

"Sophomores Andy Marcum and Tony Swart played a lot of minutes and I was very pleased with their performance," Pace said. "Grady, Tim and Clay Freels did a good job on the boards for us as well," Pace added.

Enterprise: 21 9 21 19 = 70

Ione: 16 9 15 10 = 50

Individual scoring:

Enterprise: T. Swart 3 (1) 9; Marcum 0 (2) 6; Gomes 1 (0) 2; Rawls 7 (1) 3/3 20; Freels 2 (1) 1/3 8; C. Swart 1 (0) 0/2 2; Gilbert 8 (1) 2/7 21; Kiser 1 (0) 2 : Totals 23 (6) 6/14 = 70

Rebounds: Rawls 11, Gilbert 7. Assists: Gomes 7, Gilbert 4.

Ione: Rielmann 1 (0) 2; Krebs 1 (0) 0/5 2; Christman 1 (1) 2/2 7; Brown 5 (1) 1/4 14; Gates 1 (3) 2/3 13; Morgan 5 (0) 0/2 10; Raible 1 (0) 2.

Enterprise: 11 13 17 2 = 43

Umatilla: 14 15 11 10 = 50

Individual scoring:

Enterprise: T. Swart 1 (0) 2; Gomes 0 (4) 1/2 13; Rawls 5 (1) 13; Freels 1 (1) 5; Gilbert 4 (0) 8; Kiser 1 (0) 2 : Totals 12 (6) 1/2 = 43

Rebounds: Rawls 8, Gilbert 7. Assists: Gomes 4.

Umatilla: Villanueva 5 (0) 1/2 11; Wyland 3 (2) 4/5 16; Littrell 6 (0) 4/4 16; Agular 0 (1) 3; Strong 0 (1) 3; Bissonette 0 (0) 1/2 1; Totals 14 (4) 10/17 = 50

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