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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs stay unbeaten; clinch state berth

By GERRY STEELE

Of the Baker City Herald

Baker reached one of its season goals Friday and another Saturday as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in the Greater Oregon League boys basketball standings.

Friday, the Bulldogs stopped Ontario 66-51 at Ontario to clinch a berth in the Class 3A state playoffs.

Then, Saturday at home, the Bulldogs defeated Mac-Hi 80-39 to assure themselves of no worse than second place in the GOL, and hosting a possible first-round state game.

Now, the Bulldogs, 11-0 in the GOL, need to win just one of their remaining three games to clinch a spot in the Class 3A bracket at Gill Coliseum next month, and assure themselves a first-round bye.

Were starting to come together, said Baker coach Craig Woods. We had a little letdown against Mac-Hi after a tough game Friday at Ontario.

Were just taking it one game at a time because we dont want to have a big letdown now that weve reached our first couple of goals.

Against Mac-Hi, Baker led just 10-7 with 4:50 left in the first quarter, then went on a 10-0 tear.

Dave Mullins and Matt Mahoney sandwiched three-point baskets around a pair of two-pointers by Eddie Ceja and Greg Goodenough to give Baker a 20-7 cushion with 30 seconds left in the period.

Baker led 22-12 at the break. Mullins scored eight of his 16 points in the quarter.

Wade Joseph then scored six of his eight points in the second period to help Baker take a 37-20 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs blew the game open in the third period, outscoring Mac-Hi 25-8. Mullins and Mitch Grove led the way with eight points each in the period. Mahoney added five.

The Bulldogs ran off a string of 16 straight points near the end of the third period, and early in the fourth, building their lead to as many as 46 points late in the game.

Grove led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Mullins added 16, and Mahoney 10.

Grove and Mullins both had a great night, Woods said.

Bulldogs stop Ontario

Grove and Mullins also supplied the early spark against Ontario.

Grove scored nine points, and Mullins four in the first quarter as Baker built a 21-14 edge.

Then, in the second quarter, Grove and Mullins each tallied five points as Baker forged a 36-27 halftime advantage.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 54-40 after three quarters. Ceja scored four points, as eight Bulldogs scored in the period.

Grove again led Baker with 19 points. Mullins added 13, Ceja 10 and Justin Merritt 10.

Baker travels to Vale Saturday, then returns home Feb. 22 and 23 to host Riverside and Grant Union.

Friday game

Baker (66) Mahoney 2 0-0 5, Nichols, Ceja 4 2-2 10, Merritt 4 0-0 10, DeMastus, Goodenough 1 0-0 3, Mullins 6 0-3 13, Joseph 1 4-5 6, Grove 8 1-1 19. Totals 26 7-11 66.

Ontario (51) Brittingham, Heninger 0 2-4 2, Keim 3 1-2 10, Hedrick 1 0-2 2, Sweet 7 0-0 16, Forsyth 2 0-0 4, Roberts 1 2-2 4, McCully, Douglas 5 3-4 13. Totals 19 8-14 51.

Baker 21 15 18 12 66

Ontario 14 13 13 11 51

Three-point goals Mahoney, Merritt 2, Goodenough, Mullins, Grove 2, Keim 3, Sweet 2. Fouled out none. Total fouls Baker 16, Ontario 13. Technicals none.

Saturday game

Mac-Hi (39) Brown, Fleming, Farley, Strickland 2 0-0 5, Cruz 0 2-2 2, Holden 2 1-4 6, Worsech 2 0-0 4, Ely 3 0-0 6, Mathwich 4 1-3 9, Hagerman 2 0-2 4, Rhodes 0 3-4 3. Totals 15 7-15 39.

Baker (80) Mahoney 3 3-4 10, Curtis 1 2-2 4, Nichols 2 3-3 7, Ceja 3 0-0 7, Merritt 1 0-0 3, Henry, DeMastus 2 0-0 4, Goodenough 1 0-0 2, Mullins 6 1-3 16, Joseph 3 2-4 8, Vaughan 1 0-0 2, Grove 5 7-8 17, Sullivan. Totals 28 18-24 80.

Mac-Hi 12 8 8 11 39

Baker 22 15 25 18 80

Three-point goals Strickland, Holden, Mahoney, Ceja, Merritt, Mullins 3. Fouled out Ely. Total fouls Mac-Hi 20, Baker 18. Technicals Strickland.

 
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