All the Dufur Rangers needed was a chance.
Now, they are one win away from the big dance.
Cooper Bales and Trey Darden rattled off 11 points each, Daniel Radcliffe added six and the Dufur Rangers jumped out to a 22-10 halftime lead and came away with a 39-31 upset road victory over the No. 11-ranked Joseph Eagles in state sub-round action Tuesday in Joseph.
Bales racked up 10 of his points in the opening half, Radcliffe notched four and both Tanner Masterson and Derek Frakes swished three pointers to vault the No. 13 Rangers to their 12-point lead at the break.
Joseph didn’t go away silently into the night, as Chase Murray and Mason Ferre put up five points each to lead an 11-3 third-quarter run and make it 25-21 with one quarter left.
In the fourth period, Darden notched 10 points, Frakes hit a basket and Masterson and Bales made 1 of 2 free throws as part of a 14-8 Ranger output.
“The kids stepped up big in a highly-emotional, hostile environment down the stretch at Joseph,” Dufur head coach Hollie Darden said. “We had several big buckets down the stretch and sealed the win at the free throw line.”
Dufur (17-9) dropped 14 field goals, four 3-pointers, and hit on 7 of 17 free throws, 6 of 13 in the fourth quarter, with Frakes going for five points, Masterson ending up with four and Abraham Kilby hitting one basket to get two points.
The Rangers, a No. 9 bracket seed, played at No. 8 Prairie City (24-2) Friday.
If Dufur wins, they advance to Baker City for the first time since 2004.