Pintos place second at Eugene Tourney

California's Dylan Albertson (32) attempts to block Christian Anderson's (50) shot during the Pintos' semifinal game against Versailles Thursday. Also in the mix are California's Jason Wolverton (43) and Austin Gump (23).

California's Dylan Albertson (32) attempts to block Christian Anderson's (50) shot during the Pintos' semifinal game against Versailles Thursday. Also in the mix are California's Jason Wolverton (43) and Austin Gump (23). Photo by April Arnett.

California's varsity boys basketball team participated in the Eugene Invitational Nov. 26-Dec. 1, where the #2 seeded Pintos lost 68-54 to #4 seeded Blair Oaks Saturday in the championship game, to finish the tourney in second place.

California's Dylan Albertson was named to the All-Tournament Team.

"Overall at the tournament, we played pretty decent," California Coach Blair Scanlon said. "But we didn't do as well in the last game. We have to play smarter and quit turning the ball over. We had 23 turnovers and gave up too many points. We didn't play as a team in the last half of the championship game."

The Pintos led 13-10 after one quarter, however, Blair Oaks had pulled ahead 30-26 by the half. The Falcons led 44-38 after three quarters on their way to the win.

Curtis Lehman led California with 16 points, followed by Albertson with 10 and Jaden Barr with nine.

Blair Oaks was led by Brett Voss with 23 points, followed by Chandler Haxton with 22.

Previously in the tourney, California played #7 seeded Russellville in first-round action Nov. 27, where the Pintos captured a 58-28 win from the Indians.

California outscored Russellville 11-9 in the first quarter and 12-3 in the second to lead 23-12 at the half. The Pintos went on to lead in the second half, outscoring the Indians 15-6 in the third quarter and 20-10 in the fourth to take the win.

"We played good," Scanlon said. "For our first game, I think we did pretty well."

California was led by Barr and Albertson with 14 points each. Austin Gump followed with 13 and Lehman added six points. Lehman led rebounds with six, while Gump and Albertson had five each. Gump also had six steals.

Russellville was led by Kaleb Libbert with eight points, while Clayton Meyer and Chandler Wolfe each scored six.

The Pintos then faced #3 seeded Versailles in the semifinal round Thursday, where California won 53-37.

The Tigers took off to a 5-3 lead at the start, but California's Dylan Albertson sank back-to-back 3-pointers to put California ahead 9-5 and the Pintos never looked back. California outscored Versailles 13-8 in the first quarter and 17-8 in the second to lead 30-16 at the half. The Tigers held the Pintos to just two points in the third quarter while scoring eight, however, the Pintos came back to outscore Versailles 21-13 in the fourth to secure the win.

California was led by Albertson with 18 points, followed by Lehman and Gump with nine each. Barr and Chase Ramsdell each contributed six points. Lehman led rebounds with 10, followed by Ramsdell with nine andd Alberstson with eight. Barr had seven rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Ramsdell had four assists and two steals.

Versailles was led by Christian Anderson and Borden Edgar with 10 each.

The Pintos will play at Eugene Friday, beginning with the JV game at 6 p.m.

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