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

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