Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker pulled away in the second half to stop Mac-Hi 51-34 in the Greater Oregon League boys basketball championship game Tuesday at BHS.

“Our team realized what was at stake and played extremely unselfish,” Baker coach Jebron Jones said.

“I believe they played for each other whether they played a lot of minutes or didn’t play much,” Jones said.

“There were a few times when they passed up a good shot for a great shot.”

Jones noted the Bulldogs had 14 assists on 18 baskets made.

Five Bulldogs scored in the first quarter as Baker posted an 11-4 advantage at the break.

Mac-Hi’s Dareagan Stephens then scored nine of his 12 points in the second period to cut Baker’s lead to 20-18 at halftime.

Baker answered in the third quarter when Kaden Sand and Gabe Gambleton each scored eight points, including combining for four three-point baskets.

Baker entered the fourth quarter leading 38-25. Mac-Hi never got closer than 11 points after that.

Sand led Baker with 19 points. Gambleton added 12, and Caden Long 10.

Baker will open the Class 4A state playoffs at home the first weekend of March. Date, time and opponent have not been set.

MAC-HI (34)

Stephens 4 1-2 12, Ruiz 1 0-0 3, H. Castillo 1 0-0 2, Gilmore, Chester, Pio, Hodgen 5 0-1 10, Brinkley 0 2-2 2, C. Castillo, Quist, Perez 2 1-2 5. Totals 13 4-7 34.

BAKER (51) -

Sand 7 2-3 19, Gambleton 3 4-4 12, Flanagan 1 1-2 3, Nelson, Hill, Mastrude, Schwin 1 0-0 3, Long 4 2-5 10, Smith, Van Arsdall 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 9-14 51.

Mac-Hi - 4 14 7 9 — 34

Baker -11 9 18 13 — 51

Three-point baskets — Stephens 3, Ruiz, Sand 3, Gambleton 2, Schwin. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Mac-Hi 17, Baker 11. Technicals — none.

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