By David Bashore
Herald sports editor
Stanfield A last-gasp charge from Stanfield was not enough for the Tigers to avoid a third successive defeat as they fell to Pilot Rock on Tuesday, 57-54.
The Rockets, who clinched a berth in the Blue Mountain Conference tournament next weekend with the win, held an eight-point advantage with 1:16 left to play and withstood a 6-0 Stanfield (7-13, 6-7 BMC) charge in holding on for the win.
Stanfield senior Dauson Dorran led all scorers with 14 points in his final home game, while fellow senior Marc Mills as well as sophomore Tyler Hawkins each kicked in nine.
Pilot Rock was led by Tyrel Graham with 12 points, while Kyle Humphries and Phil Kings each poured in 11.
The game featured a couple of scoring runs apiece, but was for the most part a cagey affair.
Fans for both teams got into the act, cheering on their sides in what seemed to be a competition to see which school had the most vocal and rowdy support, much like Stanfield's home finale last season against Heppner.
Unlike that game, there was no late-game magic for the Tigers, who now face a tough road to get to Pendleton.
For starters, they must best Heppner tonight and hope Enterprise loses to Weston-McEwen in what will be the season finale for both teams.
Then, if that scenario plays about, Stanfield will have to play Enterprise early next week in a one-game playoff for the right to play in the opening game of the BMC tournament, with a state playoff berth at stake there.