Baker got its point guard back and got back into the win column on the same night.

This was no coincidence.

Junior Gabe Gambleton, the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer, returned after missing one game due to an injury and he helped lead Baker to a 56-38 win Friday evening in a Greater Oregon League game at Ontario.

Gambleton scored 12 points, 10 in the first half as Baker took a commanding 33-17 lead at halftime.

Gambleton also helped shoulder the ball-handling duties for the Bulldogs, coach Jebron Jones said.

Baker lost 51-33 at Fruitland, Idaho, on Thursday in the one full game Gambleton missed.

He was hurt in the first quarter of Baker’s 59-49 win over Mac-Hi on Jan. 20 when he landed hard on his tailbone after leaping to try to block a shot.

Jones said the entire team was roused by Gambleton’s return to the lineup Friday.

“The boys came out with a lot of energy,” Jones said.

Baker led throughout, taking a 14-5 lead after the first quarter. Caden Long scored 6 of his game-high 15 points in the quarter.

Fellow seniors Riley Flanagan (14 points) and Spencer Smith (8) were also key scorers.

Baker improved to 11-9 on the season and to 2-1 in the GOL. The Bulldogs travel to North Powder Tuesday to take on the Powder Valley Badgers at 7:30 p.m. before returning to GOL play Friday when they play host to La Grande at 7:30 p.m.

BAKER (56)

Younger 0 0-0 0, Gambleton 6 0-0 12, Flanagan 6 2-6 14, Robb 0 0-0 0, Rigueiro 0 0-0 0, Wright 0 1-4 1, Shirtcliff 0 0-0 0, Long 7 1-2 15, Van Arsdall 3 0-2 6, Smith 4 0-0 8. Totals 26 4-10 56.

ONTARIO (38)

Hartley 2 0-2 6, Teramura 3 4-6 10, Reyna 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Cacho 0 0-0 0, Nielson 4 2-4 10, Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Ulloa 0 0-0 0, Helmick 1 0-0 3, Larson 2 0-0 5, Menges 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 6-12 38.

Baker 14 19 14 9 — 56

Ontario 5 12 12 9 — 38

Three-point baskets — Hartley, Helmick, Larson Total fouls — Baker 11, Ontario 7.

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