The Dufur Rangers outscored Lyle-Wishram in three of the four quarters played, but the host Cougars managed one rally in a 10-0 run in the second quarter and held on for a 46-38 win in an inter-state boy’s basketball matchup Tuesday in Lyle.
Dufur used a solid first quarter to inch ahead of Lyle by a 14-13 margin. In the second quarter, the Cougars worked their 10-0 split to lead 23-14 at halftime.
For the final 16 minutes of the game, Dufur notched outputs of 8-7 and 16-14, but could not stage enough of a rally to surpass Lyle.
Caleb Morris led the Rangers with 12 points, and Bryson Caldwell hit double-digits once again for 11 points.
“It was a very physical game,” said Dufur head basketball coach Tony White. “The kids played very hard for four quarters. It was a good test for us and gave us the opportunity to see what we have to get better at. I was pleased with their performance and I’m excited for Echo this Friday.”
Dufur (2-1 overall) hosts Echo at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and then travels to Klickitat, Wash. for a recently scheduled game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.