Baker boys basketball

Baker’s Bryan Robb, right, battles with Powder Valley’s Reece Dixon for a rebound Tuesday

Baker’s boys basketball team had its shortest bus ride of the season, and the Bulldogs played like a team that hasn’t had time to get stiff sitting on uncomfortable benches.

After the 20-mile jaunt up Interstate 84 to North Powder, the Bulldogs scored 25 points in the first quarter against the Powder Valley Badgers Tuesday night.

But the Badgers, who didn’t have to travel at all, nearly matched Baker’s early spurt, trailing just 25-24.

Dominick Grende had three of his seven 3-pointers in the first period as the Class 1A Badgers kept pace with the Class 4A Bulldogs.

“They played with a bunch of energy and the crowd got into the game early on,” Baker coach Jebron Jones said of the Badgers. “We didn’t play very good defense in the first quarter.”

He was much more pleased with Baker’s defense thereafter, as the Bulldogs pulled away for a 74-62 win.

“We played better defense the last three quarters and that’s why we won the game,” Jones said.

Baker senior Riley Flanagan scored a season-high 21 points to share team honors with senior Caden Long.

Gabe Gambleton had 19 points.

Grende scored a game-high 23 points, Roper Bingham had 14 and Moziss Nesser 11.

“I thought we played very well,” Powder Valley coach Kyle Dixon said. “It was a good game. They were bigger than we were (and) they just kind of beat us on the boards.”

Baker returns home to take on La Grande Friday at 7:30 p.m.

BAKER (74)

Younger 0 0-0 0, Gambleton 8 0-0 18, Flanagan 10 0-1 21, Robb 0 0-0 0, Rigueiro 1 0-0 2, Wright 2 0-0 4, Shirtcliff 0 0-0 0, Long 9 2-3 21, Van Arsdall 1 1-2 3, Smith 1 2-4 2. Totals 32 5-10 74.


Bingham 5 4-9 14, Dixon 4 0-0 8, Grende 8 0-0 23, Martin 0 0-0 0, Stephens 1 0-0 2, Nesser 5 0-0 11, Krieger 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 4-9 62.

Baker 25 19 16 14 — 74

Powder Valley 24 11 14 13 — 62

Three-point baskets — Gambleton 3, Flanagan, Long, Grende 7, Nesser. Total fouls — Baker 11, Powder Valley 12.

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