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Following losses at Weston-McEwen, Pilot Rock, Bulldogs still looking for first Columbia Basin Conference win.

KATHY ANEY/FOR THE PIONEER - Culver's Eduardo Gutierrez (12) grabs a rebound during Saturday's game against Pilot Rock. 
Culver had aspirations of of storming into Weston-McEwen and Pilot Rock for a couple upset road wins. But after slow starts in both games, those dreams were dashed.

Friday at Weston-McEwen, Culver grabbed an early, 9-5 lead after hitting a couple jumpers, but went south soon afterwards in an eventual 64-42 loss.

The Bulldogs began turning the ball over trying to break Weston-McEwen's press, and when they did get through it, weren't cashing in on the 3-on-2 opportunities, Culver head coach Johnny Wilson said.

Weston Basl led Culver with nine points, while Cord Gomes and Matt Krueger added eight and seven points, respectively.

Then at Pilot Rock on Saturday, the Bulldogs managed just eight first-half points. They played a much better second half, though eventually lost 54-35 to the first-place Rockets.

Wilson said it wasn't a case of turnovers or bad defense; Culver couldn't buy a basket. The Bulldogs did, however, outscore Pilot Rock 17-5 in the third quarter, and were led by Basl's 13 points and 11 from Krueger.

On Friday, Culver will play host to Stanfield — a rematch of a Jan. 13 game that Stanfield ultimately won in overtime. It will be an opportunity to get on track at home.

"We aren't eliminated from the postseason," Wilson said. "Even after a tough weekend, this team is still hungry and they still believe in each other."

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