BAKER CITY – The Adrian boys basketball team had five players scored in double figures and outscored Nixyaawii three out of four quarters to post an 80-60 victory to claim fourth place at the Class 1A basketball tournament Saturday in Baker City.
Carter Bayes and Ashton Jephson scored 18 points apiece while Jace Martin chipped in 17 and Robert Garza and Jesse Walker added 10 as the Antelopes broke open a close game in the first quarter to help notch the win.
Adrian High School boys basketball coach Nathan Bayes said having a team of primarily seniors he had coached since the first grade played a significant role in the team’s success this season.
Bayes added that Ashton Jephson, a senior, who had moved to Adrian this season, helped the team too.
Bayes said during the season there were some games that they lost that he thought they should have won, but regardless, he said the squad always exhibited a lot of resilience.
“They always came together and really stepped up,” Bayes said. “It was good to see they always bounced back.”
Adrian held a narrow, 34-30 lead at half but outscored Nixyaawii 22-11 in the third frame for a 56-41 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Adrian outscored Nixyaawii 24-19 in the final stanza to ice the victory. Adrian outrebounded Nixyaawii 49-33. Walker paced the Antelopes on the boards and pulled down 11 rebounds. Adrian also dominated offensively inside the key. The Antelopes scored 48 points inside the paint while Nixyaawii tallied 26. Adrian also racked up 18 fast-break points to Nixyaawii’s 8.
The Antelopes end the season 22-8.
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