Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

The shorthanded Baker boys picked up a key Greater Oregon League basketball win Monday on their home floor.

The Bulldogs scrapped their way to a 54-44 win over Mac-Hi. The win evened Baker’s league record at 2-2, the same as Ontario. Baker travels to Ontario Friday.

Baker coach Brent Gyllenberg lamented the current injury status of the Bulldogs.

“We have several players playing with injuries,” he said. “We’re down to our core.”

Guard Dawson Linscott was in street clothes Monday, and the Bulldogs lost senior Jacob Zikmund on the opening tap when he landed awkwardly on his ankle and didn’t play the rest of the evening.

Gyllenberg said Zikmund missed Tuesday’s nonleague game at Fruitland (see story below) and was questionable after that.

“It’s not a good week for us,” Gyllenberg said.

“When we had to reschedule the Mac-Hi game, that gave us three games this week. With our injuries it wasn’t something we needed.”

Monday, the teams battled to an 11-1 draw after one period.

Baker then outscored Mac-Hi 10-5 in the second quarter, including a three-pointer from Caden Long with 3.8 seconds left in the half, to take a 21-16 halftime edge.

Five points from Long, and two from Drew Story increased Baker’s lead to 28-16 two minutes into the second half.

Baker built its lead to as many as 15 points before Mac-Hi cut the deficit to 38-34 with 6:40 left in the game.

Four points from Story, and a Gabe Gambleton three-pointer, built the cushion back to 45-34 midway through the fourth quarter.

Mac-Hi could get no closer than six points after that.

Long led Baker with 14 points. Story added 13 and Gambleton 10.

MAC-HI (44)

Stephens 2 0-0 4, Castillo 2 0-0 5, Gilmore, Delgado 3 1-2 10, Pio 0 1-2 1, Hodgen 4 0-2 8, Ruiz 6 0-1 14, Vela, Perez 1 0-1 2. Totals 18 2-8 44.

BAKER (54) -

Osborn 3 1-2 8, Flanagan, Nelson, Sand 3 3-4 9, Zikmund, Story 6 1-3 13, Gambleton 3 3-4 10, Long 5 3-7 14. Totals 20 11-20 54.

Mac-Hi -11 5 11 17 — 44

Baker -11 10 17 16 — 54

Three-point baskets — Castillo, Delgado 3, Ruiz 2, Osborn, Gambleton, Long. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Mac-Hi 19, Baker 10. Technicals — Stephens, Sand.

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