With a chance to jump up to a No. 2 district seed with a win Saturday over Ione, the Dufur Rangers gave it all they had, but ended on the short end down the stretch in a 77-71 loss to the Cardinals in a non-league contest at Dufur.
In the fourth quarter, Dufur was behind 57-48, but got to within a two-possession game twice with the ball, once at 74-70, but committed two turnovers in those moments to give the all back to Ione.
Ione hit 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, led by Luke Jobes, who had 7 of 8.
Conboy led all scorers with 27 points, and Jobes added 19 for the Cardinals.
Jake Kortge paced the Ranger offense with nine field goals and 5 of 10 free throws for 23 points.
Connor Uhalde had 16 points, Bryson Caldwell dropped nine and the combination of Caleb Morris and Bailey Keever chipped in with eight points apiece.
“The kids really brought what they had left in the tank and played a great game,” said coach White. “I was really happy with the way they came out and performed. Ione is a good basketball team and I am glad we played as well as we did with them.”