Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

By Gerry Steele

gsteele@bakercityherald.com

Joseph broke open a close game in the third quarter Saturday and went on to defeat Pine-Eagle 74-56 in the third-place game at the District 7-1A boys basketball tournament at Baker High School.

Leading just 34-33 at halftime, Joseph outscored the Spartans 26-9 in the third period to break the game open.

Cayden DeLury scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter for the Eagles.

Sam Beckman and Aaron Borderding each added four points in the quarter as six Eagles hit the scoring column.

Pine-Eagle rode five points from freshman Wyatt Akers to a 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter.

But, Joseph's Wil Sotyr answered with seven points later in the period to pul Joseph to within 18-15 at the break.

The teams then traded baskets throughout the second quarter which saw seven ties and 10 lead changes.

Pine-Eagle was hurt when one of its top ball-hanlders, Colter Marks, picked up his fourth foul with 1:19 left in the first half.

Jon Thorn led Pine-Eagle with 14 points.

Joseph travels to Ione Wednesday in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

JOSEPH (74)

Beaudoin 1 6-7 8, Smallen 2 0-4 4, Beckman 5 1-2 11, C. DeLury 7 12-16 26, Story 3 2-3 9, Jarmon, Smith, Chrisman, N. DeLury 2 2-3 8, Borderding 1 4-4 6, Warnock 0 2-4 2, Hagg. Totals 21 29-43 74.

PINE-EAGLE (56) -

Akers 2 2-5 6, Simrell 6 0-0 12, Swanson 3 3-6 9, Thorn 6 0-5 14, Co. Marks 1 3-4 5, McCall 2 2-3 6, McCoy, S. Denig, R. Denig 1 0-1 2, Tyler 1 0-0 2, Cr. Marks. Totals 22 10-24 56.

Joseph -15 19 26 14 - 74

Pine-Eagle -18 15 9 14 - 56

Three-point baskets - Story, N. DeLury 2, Thorn 2. Fouled out - Borderding, Akers, Swanson, Co. Marks. Total fouls - Joseph 22, Pine-Eagle 27. Technicals - none.

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