The Irrigon Knights were able to work through a rough second period to claim their first win of the year, a 58-44 victory over Condon/Wheeler on Tuesday in Irrigon.

After jumping out to a 19-8 lead to end the first, Irrigon guard Francisco Nunez picked up a couple quick fouls and had to sit on the bench. This, according to coach Jake McElligott, made the offense stagnant. But Nunez was able to return to the game and score 12 points and dish out nine assists.

Colton Garrett had a huge game for Irrigon, scoring a team-high 18 points and hauling in eight boards. He blocked seven shots and picked up six steals as well.

Jose Romero scored 14 points for the Knights as well, which excited McElligott that the trio is finally playing to their potential.

“We thought earlier in the year these three could be good for 45 points per night,” he said. “This was the first night they all did what I expected them to do, so that was good to see.”

Boys’ basketball

Riverside 53,

Pilot Rock 40

Riverside’s Marco Carranza scored 21 points and snatched eight rebounds in a 53-40 win over Pilot Rock on Tuesday in Boardman.

Carranza scored 11 in the third quarter alone thanks to his teammates being able to space the floor well and let the 6-foot-4 forward do his work.

Noel Villegas chipped in 10 points and hauled in nine rebounds to help the Pirates to a 5-2 mark.

Riverside will host Mac-Hi at 7 p.m. today.

Girls’ basketball

Pilot Rock 51,

 Riverside 31

The Pilot Rock Rockets took a 20-point lead into halftime and cruised to a 51-31 win over Riverside on Tuesday in Boardman.

Riverside coach Dirk Dirksen said a slow start by his club contributed to its demise, not really “getting going” until the second period.

Dirksen also said his team needs to assert itself more going to the basket. They shot just one free throw the entire night, while Pilot Rock went 10 of 23.

Whitley Reece led the Pirates with 13 points and Fabiola Lopez scored 10. They host Mac-Hi today.

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