The Monument/Dayville Tiger varsity team pushed Grant Union Prospector junior varsity players into overtime in their Jan. 9 contest in John Day, but Grant Union battled on for a 6-point victory.
Tiger JT Hand led overall in scoring with 13 points, and his teammate Drew Wilburn had 9.
Grant Union had 10 players contributing points, including Devon Stokes, leading with 9, and Jacob Vaughan and Jordan Hall had 8 each.
Monument/Dayville (0-12), having lost four seniors to graduation last year, are in building mode this year. Still, the Tigers gave Grant Union a run for their money.
In the first quarter, the Tigers sprang ahead with a 10-6 lead.
Things started swaying Grant Union’s way offensively and defensively in the second.
Prospectors Jacob Vaughan, Mason Gerry, Devon Stokes and CJ Glimpse scored 2 each to start.
Jordan Hall shot 2-2 at the free-throw line to give Grant Union a 20-10 lead.
The teams scrambled for the ball on both sides of the court in the final two minutes of the half, then Tigers Hand and Wilburn found the basket, with the Prospectors leading 20-14 at halftime.
Monument/Dayville outshot Grant Union 9-8 in the third, and began narrowing the gap in the fourth.
Mark Thomas gave the Tigers a 29-28 lead after landing a 3-pointer, and the teams traded leads three times as the clock ticked down.
The Monument/Dayville fans went wild when Hand made a 2-point shot with just a second left for a 39-39 tie, sending the game into extra minutes.
Freshman Jacob Smith and sophomore Taylor Hunt each went 1-2 at the free-throw line for the Prospectors.
Then Hall honed in, scoring three times, consecutively, for 6 points.
Hand added 2 for the Tigers in the final seconds, and Grant Union came away with the win.
Hall said there was a reason behind his intensity in those final 4 minutes.
“We lost the last overtime to Lakeview, so I didn’t want to lose again,” he said.
Grant Union junior varsity coach Brandon Culley credited his team for a game well played, noting they still have “quite a few things to work on.”
“The overtime period brought some anxiety, which increased the intensity, which helped us finish it off,” he said, adding, “Jordan Hall had a great overtime period and used that excitement to get some steals, which led to some transition baskets.”
Coach Josh Williams led the Monument/Dayville team for head coach Jeff Schafer who was ill. He said it was great to face a team with players in the same age range.
“We were able to move the ball around, we kept a good attitude and all the kids had fun,” he said.
Grant Union will host Elgin Friday with the junior varsity boys playing at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
The Prospectors are on the road to Union Saturday with junior varsity boys playing at 2:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 5:30 p.m.
Monument/Dayville will host Burnt River in Monument at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Then they travel to Ontario Saturday to face Four Rivers junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. (MT). On Tuesday, Jan 16, at 6:30 p.m. the Tigers host Ukiah/Long Creek in Dayville.
Devon Stokes: 9 (two 3-pointers)
Jacob Vaughan: 8 (two 3-pointers)
Jordan Hall: 8
Mason Gerry: 6
Taylor Hunt: 6 (one 3-pointer)
Warner Robertson: 4
Kaden Madden: 2
CJ Glimpse: 2
Peyton Neault: 1
Jacob Smith: 1
JT Hand: 13 points (one 3-pointer)
Drew Wilburn: 9
Gabe Walker: 6 (one 3-pointer)
Mark Thomas: 6 (two 3-pointers)
Donovan Schafer: 5
Rico Sparka: 2