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Bulldogs roll past Ontario 68-53


Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald Gabe Gambleton drives around an Ontario defender in Baker’s playoff win Thursday.

Baker took an early punch from Ontario then rebounded to hand the Tigers a 68-53 loss in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball playoff game Thursday at BHS.

The win propels Baker into the GOL district championship game Saturday La Grande. Tipoff is tentatively set for 4 p.m.

“It wasn’t quite, but we came pretty close to a complete game,” said Baker coach Brent Gyllenberg.

“This was the difference in a young team in November and a young team now.”

A pair of baskets by Caden Long and a three-pointer from Kaden Sand gave Baker an early 7-2 lead.

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Baker took an early punch from Ontario then rebounded to hand the Tigers a 68-53 loss in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball playoff game Thursday at BHS.

The win propels Baker into the GOL district championship game Saturday La Grande. Tipoff is tentatively set for 4 p.m.

“It wasn’t quite, but we came pretty close to a complete game,” said Baker coach Brent Gyllenberg.

“This was the difference in a young team in November and a young team now.”

A pair of baskets by Caden Long and a three-pointer from Kaden Sand gave Baker an early 7-2 lead.

Ontario then scored the next 13 points to build a 15-7 cushion with 57.5 seconds left in the first half.

Baskets by Drew Story and Cayn Osborn cut the deficit to 15-11 at the break.

Four points from Sand, and a basket by Riley Flanagan, helped Baker regain a 17-15 lead with 5:07 left in the first half.

Then after Ontario tied the game at 17-17, back-to-back three-pointers by Sand and Gabe Gambleton, two free throws by Long and a basket by Story boosted Baker up 27-17 with 2:16 left in the half.

Baker led 30-22 at halftime.

The Bulldogs then scored the first five points of the second half to built their lead to 35-22.

Ontario scored its first point of the half, a free throw, with 5:03 left in the third period.

Three-pointers by Sand and Gambleton then helped the Bulldogs take a 47-33 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Ontario could get no closer than a dozen in the fourth quarter.

Sand led five Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points. Long added 14, Gambleton and Osborn 12 each, and Story 10.

ONTARIO (53)

Mejia, Hawker 3 3-7 9, Elizondo 1 2-2 5, Castro 3 0-0 9, Forsyth, Navarette, Gastelum 7 1-2 16, Haueter 3 2-2 8, Rodriguez 2 2-4 6. Totals 19 10-17 53.

BAKER (68) -

Osborn 3 6-7 12, Linscott 0 0-2 0, Flanagan 1 0-0 2, Nelson 1 0-0 2, Sand 5 2-2 16, Story 5 0-0 10, Gambleton 2 6-10 12, Long 5 4-4 14, Mastrude. Totals 22 18-25 68.

Ontario -15 7 11 20 — 53

Baker - 11 19 17 21 — 68

Three-point baskets — Elizondo, Castro 3, Gastelum, Sand 4, Gambleton 2. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Ontario 18, Baker 15. Technicals — none.