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Spartans hold on for 1-point victory

After fighting an uphill battle all night long, the Wallowa Cougars put themselves in a position to win with 1.7 seconds to play with team ace player Randy Spaur at the free throw line. But the junior guard misfired and Pine-Eagle hung on to win a 66-65 thriller in Wallowa Friday night.

Spaur, who scored 27 points, hit a 3-point field goal with :05 on the clock, then stole the inbounds pass to set up the last second opportunity for the win.

Scott Anderson and Kyle Durr converted eight consecutive free throws in the final two minutes to preserve the Spartan lead.

A long 3-pointer by Anderson, who led all scorers with 29 points, put Pine-Eagle up 52-41 with five minutes of play remaining, but the frenzied play of the 6' Spaur and long ball shooting by Kyle McDaniel brought the Cougars back.

"The whole team gave 110 percent," said Wallowa Coach Gerry McLain after the game about his squad which has only one win on the season. "This is just what we needed going into league play."

Anderson converted 13 of 14 free throws in the victory. He was complemented in scoring by Durr's 15 points and 11 points from 6'5" senior Patrick Stromer. McDaniel hit five three-point shots in a 16 point evening for Wallowa.

Score by quarter.:

Pine-Eagle 14 9 22 21 = 66

Wallowa 10 8 17 30 = 65

Individual scoring:

Pine-Eagle: Brad Casch 1 0-1 2, Anderson 5 (2) 13-14 29, Kaesemeyer 1 0 2, Durr 7 1-3 15, Travis Casch 2 (1) 0-1 7, Lower 0 0 0, Stromer 5 1-2 11. Totals 21 (3) 15-21 = 66.

Wallowa: Byers 0 0 0, Harshfield 2 (1) 1-2 8, Spaur 10 (1) 4-10 27, Pringle 3 0 6, Kendall 4 0 8, Long 0 0 0, McDaniel 0 (5) 1-2 16 = 65.

WHS falls prey to Baker JV

In a sleepwalk of a basketball game the Wallowa Cougar boys were easily defeated by the Baker JVs 52-33 Dec. 30 in Baker City. Wallowa fell behind 16-6 in the first eight minutes and never recovered.

"It was our third game in four nights and we were flat," said Wallowa Coach Gerry McLain.

Matt Bunch scored 21 points and Brett Smith 14 to lead the Baker unit to the win. Wallowa had no players in double figures.

Score by quarter.:

Baker JV 16 18 7 11 = 52

Wallowa 6 11 8 8 = 33

Individual scoring:

Baker JV: Bailey 0 0 0, Baxter 1 - 2, Bunch 3 (5) 0 21, Mullins 1 0 2, Hull 1 0 2, Johnson 0 1-2 1, Seymour 2 2-2 6, Habberle 1 0 2, Smith 7 0-5 14, Vaughan 1 0 2 2. Totals 17 (5) 3-9 = 52.

Wallowa: Byers 1 2-2 4, Harshfield 3 0-3 6, Pringle 0 2-2 2, Kendall 2 0 4, Spaur 3 2-2 8, McDaniel 1 (2) 0 8, Williams 0 0 0, Long 0 1-5 1. Totals 10 (2) 7-14 = 33.

Coug-gals end pre-season 6-3

The Wallowa girls basketball team upped their pre-season record to 6-3

Friday night defeating Pine Eagle 54-39. Wallowa controlled the game and the boards from the outset to hold a 26-18 lead at the half. The Coug-gals heldthe lead through the third period outscoring the Spartans 11-8 and finishedout the contest with a 17-13 fourth quarter.

Amanda Wilson and Lynique Oveson combined for 28 points with 15 and 13points respectively. Wilson and center Megan Mclain had ten and eightrebounds in the contest.

"We did a great job of rebounding tonight. It was a real physical game outthere and we showed a lot more discipline than we have over the past coupleof weeks," said Wallowa coach Greg Oveson.

Score by quarter:

Wallowa: 15 11 11 17 = 54

Pine Eagle: 10 8 8 13 = 39

Individual scoring:

Wallowa: Barton 0 (1) 4/7 7; McLain 2 3/6 7; L. Oveson 5 3/5 13; Guillory 3

2/2 8; Wilson 6 3/5 15; Deal 2 4, M. Oveson 0 0 0. Totals 18 (1) 15/25 = 54, Team fouls-16,

Fouled out - M. Oveson.

Pine Eagle: Beam 1 0/2 2; Peer 2/2 2; Petersen 4 8; Carnahan 2 2/2 6; Coffee

1 0/1 2; Forte 4 8; Harrington 0 0 0; Morrison 2 (1) 7; Shevham 2 4. Totals:

16 (1) 4/10=39, Team fouls-20, Fouled out: Peterson, Carnahan, Technical fouls 1

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