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By GERRY STEELE

Of the Baker City Herald

Baker rallied in the second half to beat Grant Union 53-41 in a non-league boys basketball game Tuesday at John Day.

Baker trailed 21-19 at halftime, then outscored the Prospectors 34-20 after halftime.

andquot;We came out slow in the first half, and couldn't hit our outside shots,andquot; said Baker coach Craig Woods. andquot;Grant Union packed their defense in and made us shoot outside.andquot;

Woods said Grant Union played an aggressive defense, but Baker responded in the late going.

andquot;The kids played well down the stretch,andquot; he said. andquot;We might have been overlooking these guys with Seaside coming up.andquot;

Baker travels to the Seaside tournament Thursday through Saturday. The Bulldogs open play Thursday with a 5:15 p.m. game against Astoria. Grant Johnson led the Bulldogs against Grant Union with 20 points.

Baker 12 7 18 16 53

Grant Union 12 9 10 10 41

Baker (53) Taylor 1 1-2 3, Duman 1 2-2 4, Curtis 3 3-8 9, Grigg 0 2-2 2, Mastrude 3 0-0 7, Sells 1 2-2 4, Johnson 7 6-8 20, Speelman 2 0-0 4, Suitter, Garrick. Totals 18 16-24 53.

Grant Union (41) Waggoner 2 0-0 5, Ashmead 2 3-4 7, Lovell 1 0-5 2, Ferguson 4 2-5 10, Kreger 1 3-4 5, Heiple 2 1-3 7, Dieker 1 1-2 3, Page 1 0-0 2, Myers, Rawlins. Totals 14 10-23 41.

Three-point goals Mastrude, Waggoner, Heiple 2. Fouled out none. Total fouls Baker 22, Grant Union 20. Technicals none.

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