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Bulldogs get key GOL win at Ontario


Baker earned a much-needed win in Greater Oregon League boys basketball play Friday at Ontario.

The Bulldogs topped Ontario 50-41 to break a 2-2 tie with the Tigers for second place in the GOL standings.

Baker now stands 3-2 in league play, Ontario 2-3. Baker hosts La Grande Friday and Ontario plays last-place Mac-Hi. Baker and Ontario have split their two meetings this season.

The week of Feb. 12 the GOL teams compete in district action. On Feb. 13 Mac-Hi travels to the No. 3 team (Ontario or Baker). The winner of that game then travels to the No. 2

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Baker earned a much-needed win in Greater Oregon League boys basketball play Friday at Ontario.

The Bulldogs topped Ontario 50-41 to break a 2-2 tie with the Tigers for second place in the GOL standings.

Baker now stands 3-2 in league play, Ontario 2-3. Baker hosts La Grande Friday and Ontario plays last-place Mac-Hi. Baker and Ontario have split their two meetings this season.

The week of Feb. 12 the GOL teams compete in district action. On Feb. 13 Mac-Hi travels to the No. 3 team (Ontario or Baker). The winner of that game then travels to the No. 2 team (Baker or Ontario) on Feb. 15. The winner of that game then visits La Grande Feb. 17.

Friday, Baker rode 11 first-quarter points from Kaden Sand to a 20-11 advantage at the break.

Baker trailed 8-6 midway through the first quarter, then scored nine straight points — seven by Sand — to take a 15-8 lead.

Baskets by Drew Story and Cayn Osborn in the final minute of the period then started a 13-2 Baker run that increased the Bulldogs’ margin to 28-13 midway through the second quarter.

Baker led 34-16 at halftime.

“We played a poised and polished first half,” said Baker coach Brent Gyllenberg.

Baker maintained a lead of as many as 18 points in the third quarter before Ontario made a final run.

The Tigers cut Baker’s lead to as little as eight points in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

Sand led Baker with 16 points. Story added 10 and Gabe Gambleton nine.

BAKER (50)

Osborn 2 0-0 5, Flanagan 3 0-0 6, Nelson, Sand 6 3-4 16, Story 5 0-0 10, Long 1 2-2 4, Gambleton 3 3-10 9. Totals 20 8-16 50.

ONTARIO (41) -

Mejia, Hawker 2 1-2 5, Elizondo 3 2-3 9, Castro 2 0-0 4, Forsythe, Navarrete, Gastelum 3 1-2 9, Haueter 3 1-2 8, Rodriguez 3 0-1 6. Totals 16 5-11 41.

Baker -20 14 6 10 — 50

Ontario 11 5 12 13 — 41

Three-point baskets — Osborn, Sand, Elizondo, Gastelum 2, Haueter. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Baker 14, Ontario 13. Technicals — none.