By Gerry Steele
Baker left its offense in the halftime locker room Friday against La Grande.
Trailing just 26-21 at halftime, the Bulldogs were outscored 17-4 in the third quarter and lost 53-36 to La Grande in the Greater Oregon League boys basketball game at BHS.
"That was just an ugly third quarter," said Baker coach Joel Richardson.
"We can't do that and expect to be in the game.
"We played tough, scrappy and got after people. But we were out of sync both offensively and defensively in the third quarter."
La Grande led 43-25 after three quarters.
Baker rode two three-point baskets by Clay LeaMaster, and one by Logan Sand, to a 9-9 tie midway through the first quarter.
La Grande then built a 19-12 edge before another LeaMaster three-pointer cut the deficit to 19-15 at the break.
"We were hot right off the bat, especially from long range," Richardson said.
"But, we have to sustain that throughout the entire game."
Baker's effort was hindered by the fact that post Kyle Srack went to the bench with three fouls with 4:39 left in the first half. He picked up his fourth foul midway through the third period before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
"We've got to be able to keep Kyle on the floor," Richardson said.
"It gives an inside presence ad helps open up our outside game."
Without Srack in the middle La Grande was able to get to the basket more often.
"La Grande was getting to the basket easily. We were playing defense on our heels. Defensively we were very selfish. If you aren't calling out the defense to your teammates it's playing very selfish," Richardson said.
Sand led Baker with 18 points. LeaMaster added 11. However, just two other Bulldogs scored. Baker was without leading scorer Mason Cline due to a wrist injury.
Baker (0-2 in the GOL) hosts Cole Valley, Idaho, in a nonleague game Tuesday before returning to GOL play Friday at home against Mac-Hi.
LA GRANDE (53)
Dall 3 7-9 13, Yohannan, Boyd 2 2-5 8, Wicklander 3 4-4 10, Cederholm 3 0-1 6, Williams 3 0-1 7, Kreutz, Powell 1 4-4 6, Kevan 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 18-26 53.
BAKER (36) -
Stairs, Hayes, Gulick 0 0-1 0, Scott, LeaMaster 3 2-2 11, Smith 0 1-2 1, Srack 1 4-6 6, Bennett, Sand 6 2-4 18. Totals 10 9-15 36.
La Grande -19 7 17 10 - 53
Baker - 15 6 4 11 - 36
Three-point baskets - Boyd 2, Williams, LeaMaster 3, Sand 4. Fouled out - Srack. Total fouls - La Grande 18, Baker 19. Technicals - none.