Tiger boys lead in league

Monument-Dayville boys basketball's Jon Kimball one-handedly sinks a basket during the Tigers' recent game with Long Creek. Teammate Colten Winters looks on.

DAYVILLE – The Monument-Dayville High School boys basketball team leads the 1A-8 High Desert League at 4-0 in conference play and is No. 24 in the Oregon State Activities Association Power Rankings.

The Tigers took two wins last weekend to keep the top spot, defeating the Long Creek Mountaineers 72-35 and the Mitchell Loggers 47-23.

In the game with Long Creek, the Tigers “struggled in the first half offensively and Long Creek shot the ball well,” said Monument-Dayville coach Ron Schafer. “We were ahead 29-20 at the half. In the second half, our team executed both offensively and defensively to take control of the game. Most of the team put points on the board, with Justin Larson leading the way, scoring 24 points.”

Jon Kimball added 12 points, followed by Josh Chapman with 9 points, the coach said.

“We played a much better game against Mitchell,” said Schafer. “Their defense controlled the game, with each player playing his position and showing great hustle.”

In the Mitchell game, Kimball led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, followed by Larson with 9, and Jake Buce and Jamen Schafer, 6 points each. 

The Tigers host Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Dayville.

The team travels Friday, Jan. 28 to Prairie City for a 7:30 p.m. game. “We expect a hard fought game with them on their home court. They always play well there and are a very competitive team,” said Schafer.

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