STANFIELD BOYS KEEP IN HUNT WITH SPLIT

Stanfield's Mark Ellis stands poised to run the offense during their loss to Sherman.

Stanfield rebounded from a dreadful Friday loss to Columbia Basin Conference frontrunner Sherman County (16-1, 7-1 CBC) to nose out Heppner on Saturday to gain a split and keep themselves firmly entrenched in the district playoff chase.

Evan Kaseberg scored 20 points - 16 in the first half - as Sherman started the game on a 14-1 run and never looked back en route to a 64-50 drubbing at Stanfield Friday night.

Jason Flemmer had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (7-8, 5-3), who could not overcome poor first-quarter shooting and never threatened throughout the contest.

"We outscored them in the second half, but we made too many mistakes early and couldn't hit our shots," Stanfield head coach Nate Williams said.

Key forward Chad Blackburn left the game after missing the first shot of the contest, apparently injuring his knee. He did not return to the game nor did he participate in the contest against Heppner Saturday.

Knowing the Mustangs (6-6, 4-4) had played an overtime tilt the night before, Williams elected to press the entire game, substituting all five players every four minutes. The maneuver wore down Heppner and Stanfield hung on for a 64-61 win despite being outrebounded by nearly a 3 to 1 ratio.

"We got off to a great start with our speed against their strength," Williams said. "This was totally different from last night."

Stanfield forced 22 steals on the game, and scored 26 first-quarter points. Kody Challis helped out big, scoring nine first-half points. Flemmer and Kyle Sobotta each finished with 15.

Stanfield travels to Culver Friday before hosting Umatilla on Saturday in a match which carries major CBC implications.

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