In a dramatic finish, the Grant Union Prospector boys beat the Enterprise Outlaws 35-34 in a tiebreaker game Tuesday night to decide the third seed in the 2A Wapiti League District Tournament.
Grant Union and Enterprise had been tied 4-4 in league — for third and fourth place — with Imbler (7-1) in first place and Union (5-3) in second.
The Prospectors will now face Union in Game One of the Wapiti District Tournament at 2:45 p.m. Friday at Eastern Oregon University’s Quinn Coliseum in La Grande.
The winner of Game One will face No. 1 Imbler on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. for the district championship title.
Grant Union stayed ahead of Enterprise by six points at the close of the first quarter on Tuesday.
The Prospectors were ahead by seven at the half, 21-14, and ahead by eight in the third.
“We knew they were going to throw multiple defenses at us, and we were ready for that,” said head coach Kelsy Wright. “We actually cued everything correctly in the first half.”
He said the team lost focus in the second half and had some miscommunication and missed shots.
Enterprise came within three points of the Prospectors in the fourth quarter after Outlaw Rylie Hayward hit a three-point shot and Brycen Locke made a two-point bucket.
With four minutes remaining in the game, Prospector Cauy Weaver grabbed a steal and Prospector Duane Stokes was fouled.
Stokes went 2-2 at the free-throw line, and after Weaver picked up an offensive rebound, Prospector Cole Deiter scored two.
After a technical foul from Grant Union, Outlaw Jimmy Wells hit 2-2 at the free-throw line.
When Weaver hit a two-point shot, the score was 35-29, Grant Union holding their lead.
Outlaw Wade Isley scored two, and after Hayward sank another three-point shot, coach Wright called a timeout with less than a minute left.
A couple shots at the line didn’t fall for Grant Union, and with 14.4 seconds to go, Enterprise had possession, and a full timeout was called.
“We got a big rebound,” Wright said. “We had a final timeout and drew up a play. They (Enterprise) got a hand on it, but Cauy grabbed it and held it for 1.6 seconds.”
Wright said, while it wasn’t a great scoring night for his team, they did a good job defensively, keeping Brett Greenshields to 10 points and Hayward to six.
Wright said he was pleased with his team pulling out the win.
“Everybody stood out at different times,” he said. “The first half we moved the ball around well, were patient and made good shots.”
Grant Union vs. Enterprise
Duane Stokes: 10
Zack Deiter: 9
Cole Deiter: 8
Ty McDaniel: 4
Kellen Shelley: 2
Cauy Weaver: 2
Eastern Oregon University, Quinn Coliseum
Friday, February 17
1:00 p.m. – Girls Game One – Imbler vs. Enterprise
2:45 p.m. – Boys Game One – Union vs. Grant Union
6:00 p.m. – Girls Game Two – Union vs. Elgin
7:45 p.m. – Boys Game Two – Enterprise vs. Elgin
Saturday, February 18
1:00 p.m. – Girls Game Three – winner of Game Two vs. loser of Game One
2:45 p.m. - Boys Game Three – winner of Game Two vs. loser of Game One
6:00 p.m. – Girls Game Four – Grant Union vs. winner of Game One
7:45 p.m. - Boys Game Four – Imbler vs. winner of Game One