EUREKA – After winning their Division 1A Northern-East opener Thursday in Carlin with a barrage of threes, the Owyhee Braves could not duplicate the offensive or defensive performances Saturday in Eureka.
The Vandals improved to 2-0 in league play with a 57-46 victory, dropping Owyhee to 1-1 in the 1A Northern-East.
The game was competitive throughout, until the end – Eureka owning the fourth quarter.
Owyhee edged the Vandals 11-10 in the first period, Eureka bouncing back with a 16-13 advantage in the second quarter.
At the break, both teams had a ballgame on their hands – the Vandals on top by two at 26-24.
The third quarter provided another seesaw affair, the Braves earning the better of the give-and-take action with a 14-10 advantage.
Entering the fourth, Owyhee led by two at 38-36.
In the final period, Owyhee went away from its press defense and fell back into a zone.
Eureka carved up the Braves for a game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Owyhee was held to single digits for the first and only time of the contest – scoring just nine points over the final eight minutes.
Owyhee fell by a final score of 57-46.
The Vandals closed with three players in double digits, sophomore Chace Green topping all scorers with a game-high 18 points and swatting the team’s only block of the contest.
Not far behind was senior CW Landrey, who poured in 17 points and led Eureka with seven rebounds.
His defense was especially crucial, notching a remarkable seven steals.
Junior Trisitin Birchim finished with 12 points for Eureka.
Senior Vinnie Padilla dished a team-high four assists.
Freshman Julian Dick led the Braves with 16 points, and he was joined in double figures by junior Ramon Cordova with 15 points.
Junior Chance Cota added eight points for Owyhee.
OWYHEE – 11 – 13 – 14 – 8 – 46 Total
EUREKA – 10 – 16 – 10 – 21 – 57 Total
The difference in the ballgame was Eureka’s ability to take away Owyhee’s outside shooting.
In the Braves’ 63-48 victory over Carlin, Owyhee nailed 10 3s – but the Vandals held the Braves to just three 3s Saturday – in turn causing a 21-point turnaround in the wrong direction for Owyhee from distance.
Eureka was aggressive and earned 20 free throws – making 11 – and Owyhee only earned nine attempts from the stripe, sinking five.
The Vandals will take on the Leopards (0-2 in league) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wells, while the Braves will attempt to find the win column against McDermitt (1-1 in league) at 2:30 p.m. MST on Saturday in Owyhee.
The Bulldogs are set for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff Friday against the Railroaders (0-2 in league) in Carlin.