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Dufur uses its physical play in 55-41 win over Condon

Jake Kortge scored a game-high 22 points and the Dufur Rangers sank 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to help with a 55-41 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in a 1A Big Sky Conference tussle at Condon High School.

“I am pretty proud of their effort, especially after a great effort Friday,” said Dufur head coach Tony White.

In that Friday contest, the Rangers played toe-to-toe with South Wasco County with the game knotted at 47-apiece entering the fourth quarter, before losing 72-57.

This game Saturday against Condon was not an up-and-down speed duel, but more of a physical confrontation down on the blocks.

Dufur used outputs of 13-12 and 17-11 to lead 30-23 at the half, but instead of wearing down against the gritty Knight squad, the Rangers added to the lead with a 13-12 spurt in the third quarter to make it 43-35 with eight minutes reaming in the game.

On the heels of that 8 of 11 effort from the charity stripe in the final period, Dufur sealed the win with a 12-6 breakthrough.

“It was a tough, physical game tonight,” White said of Saturday’s tilt. “Kids were a little gassed from South Wasco last night (Friday), but they played good enough to take one at Condon. Condon is a pretty big, physical team and they hurt us inside and on the boards. We responded well with contact and played much more disciplined at the end of the game.”

Aside from Kortge’s 22-point contribution, Caleb Morris reeled off 12 points, and inside presence, Bryson Caldwell, followed up with eight points.

White said that this is a big week for his team with games against City Christian, Sherman and Lowell.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Rangers go to Portland for a non-league game versus City Christian.

On Friday, they host Sherman.

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