Wallowa wins boys title

By Gerry Steele / The Baker City Herald

Frazier versus Ali.

The Yankees versus the Red Sox.

Both fierce rivals.

Now you can include Wallowa and Powder Valley boys basketball.

The Old Oregon League foes split their regular season games, and squared off Saturday in the championship game of the District 7-1A tournament at Baker High School.

Wallowa's Tyler Chrisman hit a basket with 1:20 left in the game to lift Wallowa to a 63-61 victory and a first-round bye in the Class 1A state playoffs.

Powder Valley now will host Sherman Tuesday at a time to be determined in the opening round of state playoffs.

Following Chrisman's basket, that gave Wallowa a 6-261 lead, the Cougars tried to run time off the clock inside the final minute.

Powder Valley's Noe Benites stole the ball, but was called for traveling with 29.4 seconds left returning the ball to Wallowa.

Wallowa again turned the ball over, and Powder called a timeout with 19.1 seconds left.

Powder's Levi Allen then missed a driving layin attempt with 10 seconds left, and Wallowa rebounded.

Powder, not yet in the bonus free throw situation, was forced to foul three times to put Zach Staidle at the line with 3.7 seconds left.

Staidle hit the first free throw, but missed the second. Powder rebounded and called timeout with 2.4 seconds left.

Powder Valley had to go the length of the floor, and Staidle intercepted the long pass near midcourt, sitting on the ball as the horn sounded.

The teams traded baskets in the first quarter, ending with Wallowa holding a 13-10 lead.

Then, with Wallowa up 15-12, Powder Valley went on an 11-0 run in the second period to take a 23-15 edge. Peter Colton scored five points, Trenton Dixon four and Benites two.

Powder Valley maintained its 8-point advantage into halftime, leading 32-24.

The lead changed hands twice and the score was tied three times in the third quarter. Trailing 45-43, Powder Valley scored the final eight points of the quarter - five by Dixon - to take a 51-45 lead into the final quarter.

Powder Valley still led 59-55 with 2:48 left in the game. Wallowa then struck back.

Ian Parks hit a long three-point basket, and Wesley Conrad picked a Powder Valley pocket and scored to give Wallowa a 60-59 edge with 2:11 left.

Then, after Dixon's basket gave Powder its last lead at 61-60 with 1:40 left, Chrisman hit his game-winner.

Parks led Wallowa with 22 points. Ronald Gladden and Conrad each added 11.

Dixon led Powder Valley with 22 points and 19 rebounds. Colton added 16 points.

Wallowa 13 11 21 18 - 63

Powder Valley 10 22 19 10 - 61

Wallowa (63) - Gladden 5 0-0 11, Parks 9 0-0 22, Staidle 1 1-2 3, Chrisman 3 0-0 7, Conrad 4 0-0 11, McDaniel 3 1-2 9. Totals 25 2-4 63.

Powder Valley (61) - Dixon 10 1-3 22, Roberts 3 0-0 6, Reed 4 0-0 9, Benites 1 0-0 2, Colton 5 2-3 16, Allen 2 1-2 6, Pratt. Totals 25 4-8 61.

Three-point goals - Gladden, Parks 4, Chrisman, Conrad 3, McDaniel 2, Dixon, Reed, Colton 4, Allen. Fouled out - Gladden. Total fouls - Wallowa 12, Powder Valley 13. Technicals - none.

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