Lyle/Wishram captured its second tournament title of December last Saturday with a 64-56 victory over Klickitat in the boys championship game of a tourney in Christmas Valley, Ore.
The Cougars (5-0) pulled away from the Vandals in the fourth quarter, hitting 9-of-12 free throws while outscoring Klickitat, 21-13.
Mike Murphy led Lyle/Wishram with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Mike Eiesland furnished 12 points (8 in the fourth quarter) and nine rebounds, Adam Snyder added 12 points, and Ty Freemantle had eight points and seven assists.
For Klickitat (2-2), Michael McConville scored 19 points, Jeromie Mason posted a stat line of eight points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Ron Prominski and Matthew Brewer combined for 18 points and nine rebounds.
Murphy and McConville both made the all-tournament team.
The title game itself was close throughout, with Lyle/Wishram holding a 16-15 edge after one quarter and a 35-27 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, though, the Vandals rallied and outscored the Cougars, 16-8, to pull even at 43-all.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, Klickitat took a four-point lead. But down the stretch, the Vandals "had some key turnovers and we made most of our free throws" to close out the win, Cougars Coach Scott Myers said.
Vandals Coach Joe Bales said his team played hard "but just didn't have the energy to finish it off."
He noted: "You could really tell (Lyle/Wishram) had an easy game Friday night and we were involved in a dog fight. I'd look in the eyes of the guys during timeouts and the energy just wasn't there."
KLICKITAT 56 (15-12-16-13) --
Michael McConville 19, Matthew Brewer 9, Ron Prominski 9, Jeromie Mason 8, Wade Ramsey 7, Caleb Keys 4, Seth Davis 0. FGs: (3) 8/16, 50.0%. FTs: 4/7, 57.1%. Rebounds: 34 (Mason 7, Keys 6, Ramsey 5, Brewer 5). Assists: 16 (Mason 8, McConville 3). Steals: 7 (McConville 3, Mason 2).
LYLE/WISHRAM 64 (16-19-8-21) --
Mike Murphy 22, Mike Eiesland 12, Adam Snyder 12, Ty Freemantle 8, Henry Matai 4, Alan Matai 4, Kyle Murphy 2, Jeremy LeMarr 0. FGs: (2) M. Murphy 10/11, Eiesland 4/9; (3) Snyder 2/9. FTs: 12/22, 54.5% (Freemantle 4/5). Rebounds: 34 (M. Murphy 15, Eiesland 9, H. Matai 7). Assists: 9 (Freemantle 7). Steals: 3 (3 with 1). Blocked Shots: M. Murphy 3.
Lyle/Wishram 83, Prospect, Ore. 45:
Mike Murphy and Mike Eiesland combined for 33 points and 19 rebounds in the Cougars' opening-round victory.
Murphy finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Eiesland tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Adams Snyder added 16 points and Kyle Murphy chipped in with 11.
"We had our way with them right from the git-go," Cougars Coach Scott Myers said of the matchup between his senior-laden lineup and a young Prospect team that started two freshmen and three sophomores.
Myers added: "It was a fun game for us. A lot of guys got a lot of playing time and everybody scored."
Lyle/Wishram led 19-12 after one quarter, 38-24 at halftime and 63-34 through three quarters.
Klickitat 70, North Lake (Ore.) 65:
The Vandals won their tournament opener in the fourth quarter, outscoring the host team, 19-14.
Michael McConville had 32 points--he was 8 of 13 from the 3-point line--seven rebounds and five assists to pace Klickitat.
Moreover, Ron Prominski scored 12 points (7/10 free throws), Wade Ramsey grabbed 10 rebounds and Jeromie Mason contributed nine points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals to the Klickitat cause.
The Vandals trailed 21-11 after one quarter, pulled within 36-32 by halftime and tied the game at 51-51 at the end of three quarters.
"We started slow but gained energy as the game wore on," Vandals Coach Joe Bales noted. "Overall, it was a very physical game and it was nice to see us rally together against an undefeated team and gain a victory."
At Lyle/Wishram 42, Cascade Locks, Ore. 33:
The Cougars overcame a 1-point first-quarter deficit to win the Dec. 9 non-league game with the Pirates.
Adam Snyder had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Murphy finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Lyle/Wishram. The pair shot a combined 12 for 20 from the field.