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Cardinals beat Blue Devils in physical game

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CONDON – Two of the Big Sky’s top teams met Friday at the Condon High School gymnasium.

The Ione/Arlington Cardinals came away with the win, beating the Condon Blue Devils 43-30.

The game was well attended by people from Arlington, Condon, and Ione. Students were actively cheering on both sides and it was a fun atmosphere.

Coming into the game, it looked to be a good one as both teams have played well in the first half of the season.

The Arlington/Ione Cardinals were undefeated at 10-0, beating their opponents on-average by more than 25 points per game.

The Condon Blue Devils were 8-1, with their lone loss in the opener to 2A Heppner.

The first quarter was back and forth but Cardinal’s guard Carson Eyenetich had 10 points and pushed the Cardinals to a 16-9 lead.

But the Blue Devils played physical basketball in the second quarter, getting 10 points from junior Gage Holm and went into halftime trailing the Cardinals 23-22.

In the third, both teams played hard, physical defense and both teams had missed opportunities.

The Blue Devils went scoreless in the third quarter despite having good looks and opportunities in transition.

The Cardinals capitalized and pulled away in the fourth.

Carson Eynetich led all scorers with 25 points. Holm led the Blue Devils with 12 points, followed by Barrera with 10.

Up next, the Blue Devils will travel to Moro on Saturday to take on the Sherman County Huskies. The Cardinals will host the Wheeler County Rattlers in Ione.

The Times-Journal will have coverage of both games.

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