DALLAS — Dallas’ boys basketball team opened Mid-Willamette Conference play with a 59-55 win over Lebanon on Thursday. The Dragons lost to Hermiston 54-51 in overtime on Friday.
Jason Richey led Dallas against the Warriors with 20 points. Aaron White added 13 points, and the Dragons went 15 for 17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off Lebanon.
Richey scored a team-high 14 points against Hermiston. Jake Ronco and Carter Weisensee scored seven points each.
“I like how we battled in both games,” coach Trent Schwartz said. “It’s always nice to get conference wins, and this year is just going to be a donnybrook each night, as I believe there is great parity in the MWC this season. Against Hermiston … I think our kids were able to make the necessary defensive adjustments and tighten up the team defense from the second quarter on to put us in a position to have a chance to win the game. I’m hoping the experience will help us down the road in ultimately prevailing. I like how we responded from being down 10 in the first half at one point to taking a one-point lead into the half.”
Dallas plays at Crescent Valley Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. and at Corvallis Friday at 7 p.m. before hosting Silverton on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
“This week we’ll be tested by a very athletic Crescent Valley squad, and a very physical and inside-oriented Corvallis squad on the road,” Schwartz said.
WRESTLING GOES 3-0 AT LEAGUE DUALS: Dallas’ wrestling team defeated Corvallis, Lebanon and Silverton in league duals on Thursday. Jacob Jones (126 pounds) went 3-0 during the duals to help lead the Dragons.
Sophomore PJ Holgate picked up wins against Silverton and Lebanon.
Dallas’ home tournament, the Brunner Invitational, was canceled due to weather conditions. The Dragons host South Albany Wednesday (today) at 6 p.m. before competing at the Oregon Classic on Friday and Saturday in Redmond.