Enterprise goes cold late in loss to Vikings

<I>Blair J. Parker/Chieftain</I><BR>EHS's Brandon Nobles goes baseline around Vale guard Jason Noland in the Outlaws 69-40 loss on Saturday.

Enterprise senior Cole Phinney's 12 points and seven rebounds weren't enough to carry the boys' basketball team past No. 13-ranked Vale on Saturday in the Outlaws gym. On Friday EHS came up short on the road against Union 54-48.

The host Outlaws (1-16 overall, 0-7 Wapiti) only scored two points in the final minutes of the game against Vale and fell 69-40, in a Wapiti League game.

The Vikings (7-8, 7-0) nailed seven field goals in the final quarter, while EHS failed to convert a single field goal, getting all four of its fourth quarter points from the free throw line.

Enterprise fell behind in the first quarter 20-7, mainly because of the hot shooting of Vale point guard Kevin Nunn, who had 11 of his game high 24 points, including six three-pointers, in the period. Nunn also irritated the Outlaws with his tough defense, stealing the ball six times.

EHS found its shooting rhythm and defense in the second and third quarters, holding the Vikings to 33 points while scoring 29, but couldn't keep the momentum in the fourth.

Jason Noland helped to pace the Vikings with 14 points, while Brady Lovell also reached double figures with 12 points.

It doesn't get any easier for the Outlaws as Nyssa (12-6, 5-1), No. 12 in the 2A polls, is up next. Enterprise travels to Nyssa for the Wapiti League matchup.

Tip off is at approximately 6:30 p.m.

EHS boys hoops comeback falls shortThe Enterprise boys basketball team came oh, so close to earning its first Wapiti league win of the season Friday.

In a game that was close throughout EHS fell just short in a 54-48 loss to the Union Bobcats (9-10, 3-3).

Union looked to have the game in hand with 22.2 seconds remaining and a 50-43 lead, but the Outlaws had one final push. The Outlaws' Brandon Nobles got the ball rolling with 14.7 seconds left, hitting a three-pointer from the left corner to cut the Bobcats lead to four.

On the ensuring possession, Trenton Neil stole Union's inbounds pass and connverted a layup on the other end to cut UHS's lead to two.

EHS struck so quickly, Union barely had time to realize that its once seven-point lead had just been trimmed down to a a single basket in less than five seconds.

With 12 seconds remaining, the Bobcats' Kaden Titus stepped to the foul line and nailed two free throws, and at the 5.3 second mark Chris Nay did the same, clinching the win for Union.

Union had four players in double figures, led by Nay and Scott Hewitt, who both finished with 12 points. Chad Conrad led Enterprise is the losing effort with 14 points.

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