FINAL SCORE: Enterprise 40  Riverside 36

Typical early season struggles plagued the Riverside boys’ basketball team in a 40-36 loss to Enterprise in the championship of the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Saturday at Ione High School.

The Class 3A Pirates were whistled for 27 fouls in a sloppy game that had them turn the ball over 30 times, but head coach Clair Costello said there were still some positives about the game.

“We competed well,” he said. “Defensively, we played pretty well. When you hold a team to that many points, you usually win.”

With the high foul total against the Pirates, the Outlaws went to the line quite a bit. Even though Enterprise’s foul shooting percentage was less than impressive, they were still able to hit 15 freebies — 10 more than Riverside. Enterprise was 15 of 35 from the charity stripe while Riverside was 5 of 11.

Junior forward Marco Carranza led the Pirates with 17 points, but was the only player to score more than six points. Costello said that definitely has to change in order for his club to be successful down the road.

“Right now, we’re one-sided,” he said. “Marco has been the only one scoring. We’re having problems working as a team right now.”

Carranza looks to be the focal point of the Pirates’ offense early on — with good reason.

The lanky and smooth 6-foot, 5-inch post player poured in 25 points Friday against the Hermiston junior varsity, leading his club to a 55-46 win. He also ripped down 12 rebounds.

Noel Villegas chipped in six points for a somewhat short-handed Riverside squad. Costello said they have been battling some injuries, one of which is keeping the speedy Erik Carranza from contributing to the Pirates’ backcourt.

Even though the game was close the entire way through, Costello still wasn’t thrilled about how his team played, saying they will “have to go back to basic fundamentals.”

“We’re just not in sync right now,” he said. “We’ll have to work harder on offense.”

Chaunce Gellatly and Jared Micka each scored 11 points for the Outlaws, who finished the tournament with a pair of wins to stay undefeated at 3-0.

Third-place game

The Ione Cardinals, coming off a tough loss to Enterprise on Friday — they held a 26-7 lead at one point — were able to get in the win column with a resounding 73-34 win over the Hermiston junior varsity team.

Junior guard Zac Orem led four double-figure scorers for the Cardinals with 17 points. Adam Collin posted 12 and Steven Holland scored 11. Senior Tanner Rietmann was Ione’s fourth scorer in double figures with 10.

In early round games Friday, Riverside beat the Hermiston JV, 55-46, and Enterprise came from behind to clip Ione, 57-53.

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