Joseph boys have tough  weekend, dropping two

<p>Joseph junior Blair Beaudion gets ready to catch an inbound pass while playing Wallowa in the Cougar Dome last Friday evning.</p>

The Joseph Eagles boys’ basketball team had a difficult time this weekend dropping two games. The E-Boys first lost to Wallowa Friday night, 50-22, in the Cougar Dome. Next the team traveled to Imbler and lost there 66-25.

In the loss against Wallowa, Cougar senior Wes Conrad scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, had six steals, blocked three shots, and doled out four assists.

Wallowa’s Pierce Millar followed Conrad’s lead by chipping in seven points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Joseph coach Larry Wells said, “We are still feeling the effects of losing Nathan Hanson, where before we were averaging 40 points or so a game now we’re in the 20s.”

In the game against Wallowa Austin Wells was the Eagles’ point leader with 7. Eric Lara had a decent game, scoring 6. Ben Smallen was next with 5.

Coach Wells also said “We held Wes Conrad to 14, but we had trouble blocking out and rebounding.”

In the game opposing Imbler Wells commented, “They tried to press us and we were breaking it but we just didn’t have good shots.”

Ben Smallen scored the most points for Joseph with 8. Austin Wells was next with 6. Mesa Yamamoto and Eric Lara both contributed.

It will be Senior Night at Jo-Hi Friday, Feb. 8, when the Eagles play their final game league game against the Pine Eagle Spartans who Joseph beat earlier in the season.

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