Austin Martin (#0) and Jeff Garner battle for the rebound. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
By Randy Parks
Down 47-44 with a little more than three minutes to play in the game, the Hilanders scored six straight points and then hung on for a 52-50 win over the Grant Union Prospectors Friday, Feb. 10, at Burns High School.
The victory not only raised Burns’ Eastern Oregon League (EOL) record to 6-3, it also secured a spot in the 3A playoffs that begin Feb. 25.
Grant Union got out to a quick 6-0 lead in the game, but the Hilanders battled back and led 16-14 by the end of the first quarter.
Burns outscored the Prospectors 8-2 in the opening minutes of the second quarter to take their biggest lead of the game at 24-16.
Grant Union’s Trevor Gill then scored 10 points to just two free throws by Burns to knot the game at 26-26, and the two teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime tied at 29-29.
McKinley Ridenour hit a shot to put Burns up by two to open up the second half, and the Hilanders finished the third quarter with a four-point lead.
With Burns ahead 44-40, Gill knocked down a 3-pointer and Kyler Deiter added a basket and two free throws to give Grant Union a three-point lead with 3:02 left on the clock.
Ridenour brought the Hilanders to within one with two free throws, and a jumper by Kieran Colahan gave Burns the lead with 1:30 to play.
Austin Feist then broke free for a lay-in and added a free throw moments later to put the Hilanders up by four with 41 seconds left.
The Prospectors cut the lead to one on a 3-pointer by Riley Averett and then quickly fouled Ridenour to stop the clock.
Ridenour hit one of two from the charity stripe with 29 seconds to go, and Grant Union called a time out to set up a final shot.
The Burns defense rose to the occasion, preventing any open shots and as Gill drove to the basket in the final seconds, the ball was stripped out of his hands by Chanse Pierce, giving the Hilanders the win.
Colahan and Feist each finished with 13 points and Ridenour added nine.
Gill led all scorers with 17 points.
Burns also won the JV game 45-41 over the Prospectors.
1 2 3 4 Final
GU 14 15 9 12 50
Bur 16 13 13 10 52
Pierce 1-8 0-0 2, Heinz 1-6 5-8 7, Colahan 5-13 3-4 13, Feist 4-11 5-12 13, Crafts 0-1 0-0 0, Ridenour 3-7 3-6 9, Martin 0-1 2-2 2, Garner 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 16-49 20-34 52.
Averett 4-7 1-3 11, Gill 6-15 4-8 17, N. Wilson 2-6 0-0 4, T. Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Nordstrom 0-2 0-0 0, Legg 1-6 0-0 2, Deiter 4-11 4-5 12, Bremner 1-6 2-2 4. Totals 18-55 11-18 50.
Three-point goals — Averett 2, Gill. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Burns 35 (Colahan 11), Grant Union 39 (Gill 11).
Assists — Burns 13 (Heinz 6), Grant Union 5 (N. Wilson 3).
Total fouls — Burns 15, Grant Union 20.
After last weekend’s games, Riverside remained unbeaten in EOL play with a 9-0 record. Burns is second at 6-3, followed by Vale at 5-4, Grant Union 4-5, Nyssa 2-7 and Umatilla 1-8.
The final league games of the season (Nyssa at Burns, Vale at Grant Union and Riverside at Umatilla) were played Tuesday, Feb. 14, but results were too late for press time.
The Burns boys basketball team took to the road on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for a non-conference game with Ontario and came up a little short, losing 56-52.
The Hilanders started well, forging a seven-point lead by the end of the first quarter, only to see Ontario come back to tie the game by halftime.
Burns’ leading scorer, Colahan, collided with a teammate at the end of the half and had to be taken to the hospital with a split lip that required seven stitches.
With Colahan out, Burns looked for another approach. “We totally changed our game plan and pretty much pressed the second half,” Burns coach Ted Aubin said. “It worked for a while, but we ran out of gas, made a crucial turnover, and missed some shots at the end.”
Burns did regain the lead over the next eight minutes and held a 38-36 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
The Hilanders were outscored 20-14 in the fourth quarter however, and Ontario sealed the victory.
Feist led the Hilanders with 20 points and seven rebounds and Pierce added another 16 points. Colahan had four, Tanner Crafts and Casey Heinz three each, and Jeff Garner, Ridenour and Austin Martin two apiece.
1 2 3 4 Final
Bur 14 10 14 14 52
Ont 7 17 12 20 56