By the Hermiston Herald
ATHENA The Stanfield High School boys basketball team did not make things easy on itself Saturday night.
But the Tigers made just enough plays to stay in the hunt for the Columbia Basin Conference title.
Stanfield won its fourth straight conference game with its 49-48 win over Weston-McEwen to sweep the season series from the TigerScots.
"It's not how I planned it," said Stanfield coach Nate Williams. "But we got the win."
Stanfield (7-11, 6-4 CBC) moved into a four-way tie with Umatilla, Sherman County and Weston-McEwen, just 1 1/2 games behind first-place Pilot Rock (14-7, 8-3).
The Tigers, who already have a spot at the district tournament locked up, held on for the win Saturday night despite missing 5-of-6 free throws in the closing minutes.
Weston-McEwen (16-4, 6-4) was down by five with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game and had a chance to win, but Jeff Duke could not hit on a 15-foot jump shot as time expired.
Stanfield came out and led throughout most of the game with its biggest lead reaching seven points.
But in a game that stayed close throughout, the Tigers could not close out the TigerScots in large part because of poor free throw shooting. Stanfield was just 4-of-13 for the game from the free throw line.
Jason Flemmer scored a game-high 19 points and had six rebounds.
Sam Grogan added 13 points and Kyle Sobotta finished with seven points.
"I am really proud of our team chemistry," Williams said.