The shorthanded Cougar boys basketball team struggled in their first two games of the season, falling to Pine Eagle 53-37 in their season opener on Friday night at Halfway. The Cougars dropped their second contest against the Tiger Scots at Weston McEwen 63-45 on Saturday.

"The boys are going to be in shape before the end of the season since we only have five players on the varsity squad at this time," said Wallowa Coach Gerry McLain. "We're going to have a fun year, that's the main thing," he added.

Wallowa played well and won the first quarter 16-14 against the Spartan on Friday night but ran out of gas scoring only seven points total in the second and third quarters of the contest ." The boys came out with a little to much enthusiasm and ran out of steam," McLain said. Wallowa rebounded in the final period to out score Pine Eagle 14-12 but the damage was already done.

Randy Spaur and Kyle McDaniel combined for 24 points to lead Wallowa's scoring in the contest. Pat Stromer, Daniel Kaesmeyer and Scott Anderson shared scoring honors contributed 11 points each in the Spartan victory.

The Cougars rebounded against Weston McEwen on Saturday playing with more control for much of the ball game.

"We have to control the tempo of the game to be successful we can't get out and run," McLain said. The coach praised the play of his team against a much taller Weston McEwen squad. McLain singled out the play of 5'11" Kyle McDaniel for his aggressive play in the paint against weston McEwen's 6'4" and 6'5" big men " Kyle played his heart out underneath and did a pretty good job," McLain said.

In the third quarter Wallowa came out and tried to run with the Tiger Scots and it wasn't the right thing to do, as Weston McEwen extended their half-time 32-24 lead to 54-31 at the end of the third quarter. "It was a learning experience,' McLain said. "We're young and inexperienced and it shows but the quality of our play between the first and second game of the weekend was a marked improvement,"he added.

The Cougars will have a little more help this weekend with the return of Andrew Long who will ad some size in the rebounding department for the Orange and Black.

Spaur and Pringle held top scoring honors for Wallowa against the Tiger Scots with 16 and 12 points respectively.

WHS boys: 16 2 5 14 = 37

Pine Eagle: 14 16 11 12 = 53

Individual scoring:

Wallowa: Byers 0; Harshfield 4 (1) 11; Pringle 1 (0) 0/3 2; Spaur 5 (1) 1/4 14: McDaniel 0 (3) 1/2 10; Walker 0; Williams 0. Totals: 10 (5) 2/9 = 37

Pine Eagle: B. Casch 0; Anderson 4 (1) 11; Kaesmeyer 1 (3) 11; Lower 0; Darr 5 (0) 1/1 11; T. Casch 2 (0) 1/2 5; Lower 2 (0) 4; Stromer 5 (0) 1/2 11. Totals: 19 (4) 3/5 = 53

WHS boys: 12 12 7 14 = 45

Weston McEwen: 20 12 22 9 = 63

Individual scoring:

Wallowa: Byers 2 (0) 2/4 6; Harshfield (1) 3/5 6; Pringle 6 (0) 12; Spaur 4 (1) 5/8 16; McDaniel 1 (1) 5; Walker 0; Williams 0; Redfield 0. Totals: 13 (3) 10/17 = 45.

Weston McEwen: Shewd 1 (1) 5; Tucker 1 (0) 2; Powers 4 (2) 14; Brita 3 (0) 6; Parrigh 2 (0) 4; Delph 2 (0) 1/3 5; Amundson 2 (0) 4; Allen 2 (1) 7; Johnson 6 (0) 2/3 14; Minthorn 1 (0) 2. Totals: 24 (4) 3/6 = 63

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