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Baker boys run past Vikings in nonleague game


By Gerry Steele

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Baker boys basketball coach Joel Richardson had some very short comments following the Bulldogs’ 79-48 nonleague victory over Vale Saturday at BHS.

“All I have to say is that was pretty basketball,” Richardson said.

“The kids shared the ball well, and did what we asked them to do.”

Baker (13-6) spotted Vale (3-17) a 3-0 lead then ran off 12 straight points to lead 12-3 midway through the first quarter.

Braden Phillips and Dane Bachman each hit a three-point basket, and Mason Cline, Trent Taylor and Dillon Blankenship each added two-pointers. Baker led 20-7 after one period.

The Bulldogs then built their largest lead of the first half, 31-12, midway through the second quarter.

That’s when Vale made its final run at a comeback.

Behind three three-pointers from Logan Skerjanec, the Vikings ran off 10 unanswered points to pull within 31-22 with 2:08 left in the half.

Baker then rebounded to lead 33-22 at halftime.

Baker then outscored the Vikings 46-26 in the second half.

Phillips led four Bulldogs in double figures with 19 points. Blankenship added 17, Bachman 13, and Cline 11.

Baker won the rebounding battle 37-26. Blankenship had nine boards and Phillips seven. Blankenship added four assists and Ben Baxter three.

Baker shot 54 percent from the field (28-of-53).

Baker closes out its home season Friday when they host La Grande in a Greater Oregon League contest.

VALE (48)

   Tamez 0 2-4 2, Lattin 5 5-7 16, Dobney 3 0-0 9, Harrison, Skerjanec 6 1-2 17, McLaughlin 1 0-0 2, Jacobs, Mattos 1 0-0 2, Schoorl. Totals 16 8-13 48.

BAKER (79) - 

   Blankenship 7 3-4 17, Hamilton 2 1-2 5, Hayes, Bachman 6 0-3 13, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Baxter 2 0-0 4, Cline 5 0-0 11, Phillips 7 2-2 19, Bruce 0 2-2 2, Srack 1 0-0 2, Swiger 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 8-13 79.

Vale                    -  7 15 12 14 — 48

Baker                 -20 13 26 20 — 79

     Three-point baskets — Lattin, Dobney 3, Skerjanec 4, Bachman, Cline, Phillips 3. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Vale 14, Baker 11. Technicals — none.


Bulldog boys roll past Mac-Hi


By Gerry Steele

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Baker’s Greater Oregon League boys basketball game looked more like a Bulldog track meet Friday as Baker ran to an 81-29 win at BHS.

Dillon Blankenship and Dane Bachman combined to score the first 14 points of the game as Baker ran off a 17-0 start in the first quarter.

Trent Taylor added a three-pointer before Mac-Hi finally scored on a rebound basket with 4:15 left in the quarter.

Blankenship finished the first period with 16 points, and Bachman seven as the Bulldogs forged a 28-5 lead.

“We set a good tempo and shared the basketball well,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson. “It was pretty basketball.”

Richardson said he would be hard pressed to single out any one Baker player.

“It was just great team basketball,” he said.

Bachman and Blankenship combined for 11 more second-quarter points. Thomas Hamilton added six points, and Braden Phillips five.

Baker led 53-11 at halftime.

“I loved the way we were balancing the attack; people looking for people,,” Richardson said.

“Our defense was really good and our rebounding was outstanding.”

Baker outrebounded the Pioneers 45-21. Phillips led the way with 16, eight on the offensive boards. Bachman had nine rebounds, and Hamilton seven.

Baker dished out 15 assists and had 16 turnovers.

“With this kind of running game you’re going to have a few more turnovers. I’ll take 16 tonight,” Richardson said.

Baker shot 50 percent from the field (27-of-54) and from the three-point line (7-of-14).

Blankenship led Baker with 22 points. Bachman added 20, Hamilton 10 and Phillips 10.

MAC-HI (29)

   Saldana 0 1-1 1, Ortiz, Armantia 3 1-2 7, Shuler 1 1-2 3, Ley, Yensen 2 0-0 5, Angel 2 3-4 8, Richwine, Manon, Diaz, Perez 1 0-1 3, Podalski 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 6-10 29.

BAKER (81) - 

   Blankenship 9 3-4 22, Hamilton 5 0-0 10, Hayes 1 2-4 4, Bachman 9 0-0 20, Taylor 2 0-0 5, Baxter 2 0-0 5, Cline 2 0-0 5, Phillips 4 1-2 10, Bruce, Srack, Swiger. Totals 34 6-10 81.

Mac-Hi           -  5   6   5  13 — 29

Baker              -28 25 19   9 — 81

     Three-point baskets — Yensen, Angel, Perez, Blankenship, Bachman 2, Taylor, Baxter, Cline, Phillips. Fouled out — Saldana. Total fouls — Mac-Hi 10, Baker 12. Technicals — none.


Baker wrestlers 2-3 at Homedale

By Gerry Steele

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Baker wrestlers finished 2-3 at the Homedale dual tournament Saturday.


Weiser boys top Bulldogs

By Gerry Steele

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Baker still can’t seem to put back-to-back good basketball games together.


La Grande routs Baker girls

By Gerry Steele

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Fifth-ranked La Grande scored more in each quarter than Baker scored in its first three quarters Friday in a Greater Oregon League girls basketball game at La Grande.


Bulldogs outlast La Grande

By Gerry Steele

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Bill Schonely said many times during Portland Trail Blazer games that “you’ve got to make your free throws.”


Fruitland tops Bulldogs

By Gerry Steele

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Consistency.

That’s what was missing for the flu-riddled Baker boys basketball team Saturday against Fruitland.


Baker boys thump Pioneers

By Gerry Steele

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When a team loses its leading scorer fans might expect a letdown.


Baker girls get GOL win

By Gerry Steele

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Baker picked up its first Greater Oregon League girls basketball win of the season Friday, stopping Mac-Hi 48-24 on the Baker floor.


Bulldogs hold off La Grande

By Gerry Steele

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It wasn’t the prettiest basketball game, but Baker managed to overcome its own miscues to hand La Grande a 70-59 loss in Greater Oregon League boys basketball action Friday at BHS.


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