The Grant Union Prospector boys came prepared for the fray with Union at the Feb. 17-18 Wapiti District Basketball Tournament, but the contest didn’t go their way.
The Union Bobcats took the 50-48 win in overtime Friday at Quinn Coliseum at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
“We knew it was going to be a huge dog fight going in,” said Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright. “We were ready and prepared. We did a great job offensively and defensively — a great job stopping their top scorers.”
The teams split wins in the regular season.
“It was a tough match up for us, but we did a great job,” Wright said. “We were down 12 points at one time and came back and tied the score and went into overtime.”
The score was 46-46 as the teams went into overtime.
Both teams scored two points. The clock was running down, when the Prospectors had a driving opportunity.
The ball came out of Prospector possession, loose on the floor, with the Bobcats and Prospectors diving for the ball.
A foul was called on Grant Union, and with 1.8 seconds left, a Bobcat player hit 2-2 at the free-throw line for the win.
Grant Union followed up the next day defeating Elgin 47-26, the game deciding fourth and fifth place in the tournament.
Prospector seniors Billy Copenhaver and Jack Gentis entered the contest as starters on the team.
“We just had a great time. All the players on my bench had plenty of time,” Wright said. “It was a great experience for the younger kids to get into a playoff game on a big court in front of a lot of people.”
Wright said, although he feels they should be advancing to state, he’s looking forward to a bright future with the team.
“I’m grateful and I’m blessed to have this opportunity to coach these boys,” he said. “I hope I’ve made a difference. I’m happy and pleased with the way the boys played all season long.
“The great thing is next year we’re going to be pretty loaded, and I think we have a great chance to become league champions, district champions and state champions.”
Grant Union vs. Union
Duane Stokes: 17 points
Cauy Weaver: 10
Cole Deiter: 8
Ty McDaniel: 7
Zack Deiter: 6
Grant Union vs. Elgin
Duane Stokes: 14 (one three-pointer)
Cauy Weaver: 5
Cole Deiter: 4
Zack Deiter: 5 (one three-pointer)
Ty McDaniel: 5 (one three-pointer)
Jack Gentis: 4 (one three-pointer)
Jacob Vaughan: 5
Kellen Shelley: 2
Billy Copenhaver: 3