The Ontario Tigers took control of the Greater Oregon League matchup against the visiting McLoughlin Pioneers from the tip-off Saturday evening in Ontario.
The 57-26 win moves the Tigers to 3-4 in GOL play and lands them a road trip to state.
Ontario took an 8-0 lead within the first two minutes of game play. After the first eight minutes of the game the Tigers had stretched their lead to 12-4 with Tony Machuca and Aaron Alexander hitting two buckets apiece.
With good offensive execution, the Tigers extended their lead in the second quarter by sinking 17 points to the Pioneers solo bucket. Going into the break the Tigers were up 29-6. Alexander scored the remaining six of his 10 game points in the second quarter while five of his teammates combined for the remaining 11 Tiger points in the second.
"We started to execute the things we are learning to execute tonight. We are continuing to get better so that we can hopefully win a playoff game on the road," Ontario coach Calvin Hiatt said.
In the third quarter of play, the Tigers again found the hoop for 17 points while Ontario's defense let down their guard and allowed Mac-Hi to score eight points.
In the final quarter of play, the Pioneers offense finally outscored that of Ontario by sinking 12 points to the Tigers 11 points. Joe Delgado scored four of his 10 game points in the fourth quarter while teammate Jason Haueter scored three points from beyond the arc to finish with 7 points on the night.
With the start of the state tournament in their sites the Tigers, 9-12 overall, hope to remain injury free. The Tigers will travel to Baker Tuesday to continue GOL action.
"We are in good shape right now. We are all healthy and ready to move on to state," Hiatt said.