Mitchell falls to Greenleaf and Jordan Valley
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
After winning two consecutive games, it looked like the Mitchell High School boys basketball team was on something of a roll.
>Loggers lose 73-34 to Grizzlies, 67-33 to Mustangs in weekend games
Then the Loggers ran into a pair of buzz saws over the weekend as they were blasted by Idaho’s Greenleaf Friends Academy Grizzlies (73-34) and the Jordan Valley Mustangs (67-33) on back-to-back nights.
Friday night, the Loggers fell behind the Grizzlies 20-8 by the end of the first quarter. Mitchell trailed 36-18 at the half, and was unable to ever make a serious run in the contest.
“We didn’t do very well against Greenleaf’s press,” Mitchell head coach Cy Miller said. “Mostly due to our inexperience.”
J.B. Bermudez-Koch turned out to be a one-man wrecking crew for the Grizzlies, knocking down 37 points in the contest.
“He is a very good player and scored at will,” Miller said. “Some of his shots were made against tough defense and you have to just tip your hat to those, but some of his scores were due to bad rotations on our part.”
Dave Larson also had a solid night for the Grizzlies, scoring 20 points, mostly off of Logger turnovers.
Bryce Jorgensen led Mitchell in scoring with 12 while Brett Domenighini finished with seven and Toby Lindquist added six.
Mitchell got off to a slow start again on Saturday at Jordan Valley. The Mustangs held the Loggers scoreless in the first period as they opened up an 18-0 lead. Jordan Valley continued to roll in the second quarter and took a 40-9 lead into the locker room at the half.
“Jordan Valley is a very good team and their full-court defense got us rattled early,” Miller said. “Other than that initial befuddlement, we played much better defensively and executed better on offense than the day before.”
Jordan Valley backed off on their defensive pressure in the second half, but still outscored Mitchell 28-24 in the half.
Tyrel Lucas led a trio of Mustangs in double figures with 14 points. Ben Telleria chipped in with 12, while Wyatt Trautman added 10.
Mitchell’s Tino Espinosa led all scorers with 15 points and Domenighini added 11. However, the Loggers had no other players score more than three points.
With the losses, the Loggers fell to 3-5 on the season. The team was on the road again on Thursday as they played the Burnt River Bulls. The Loggers and Bulls have already met once earlier this season with Mitchell coming out on top with a 74-24 rout of Burnt River.
Mitchell returns home today for an afternoon game against the Huntington Locomotives in a 3:30 p.m. contest.
at Greenleaf Idaho
Mitchell (34) — Bryce Jorgensen 12, Domenighini 7, Lindquist 6, Szwedowski 4, Nicol 3, Espinoza 2.
Greenleaf (73) — J.B. Bermudez-Koch 37, Dave Larson 20, Brehrends 6, Dan Larson 6, Hungate 4.
Mitchell 8 10 11 5 — 34
Greenleaf 20 16 21 16 — 73
Three-point goals — Mitchell: Jorgensen 4, Lindquist 2, Domenighini, Nicol; Greenleaf: None.
at Jordan Valley
Mitchell (33) — Tino Espinoza 15, Domenighini 11, Jorgensen 3, Lindquist 2, Nicol 2.
Jordan Valley (67) — Tyrel Lucas 14, Telleria 12, Trautman 10, Warn 7, Elsner 6, Fillmore 4, L. Stanford 4, Jones 3, W. Stanford 3, Eiguren2, Nelson 2.
Mitchell 0 9 13 11 — 33
Jordan Valley 18 22 14 14 — 67
Three-point goals — Mitchell: Espinoza 3, Domenighini 2, Jorgensen; Jordan Valley: Elsner 2, Lucas 2, Telleria 2, W. Stanford, Warn.