The HRV boys basketball team was just minutes from its third victory of the season Friday at Aloha, but despite holding a seven point lead with three minutes left, they let the game slip away and lost 66-65.
“Overall this was a much better outing,” coach Tom Ames said of his team, which committed a season-low 14 turnovers. “We missed a few free throws and had some untimely fouls and that was pretty much your ballgame.”
Brendon Charles led the Eagles (2-3) in scoring with 20 points on 9-14 shooting, and recorded two of the team’s 13 steals. Nate Armerding had four steals to go along with four assists and 18 points.
Point guard Andy Holmson had another rough night from the floor, connecting on only 3-9 shots, but offered up a team-high 10 assists and grabbed five boards to go along with three steals.
Mitchell Bohn put together his finest outing of the season, registering 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, while turning the ball over just once. Center Eric Nelson also recorded two steals, while leading the team on the glass with six rebounds, and scoring three points.
Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were Ryan Goe with six, and Tyler Monzie with one.
Ames believes his troops learned from this game, and hopes they carry the same intensity into David Douglas on Tuesday (results not yet available).
*** Saturday, Dec. 8***
When a basketball team doesn’t have a lot of size, it usually turns to its outside shooters to score.
Many basketball teams, such as HRV’s Tuesday night opponent, Oregon City, are content to live by the three and die by the three.
Unfortunately for HRV, the Pioneers were alive and kicking in the HRVHS gymnasium as they buried one dagger after another from behind the arc to win 62-51.
“Their guards beat us inside and out,” coach Tom Ames said. “They (Trevor O’Brien and Ryan Wells) are both very good athletes who showed great ballhandling skills and patience.”
O’Brien notched 22 points and played suffocating defense on HRV point guard Andy Holmson, while Wells tossed in 26, including four three-pointers in the pivotal third quarter.
HRV trailed by just three (27-24) at the end of the first half, but came out flat on defense in the third quarter, which allowed the Pioneers to build a 49-36 lead. Wells and O’Brien dominated the perimeter and were simply untouchable in the quarter.
They also frustrated Holmson at times on defense, but the HRV point guard did a good job of getting out of trouble with his quick feet and magic hands.
Despite the intense pressure, Holmson only turned the ball over three times and delivered nine assists to go with six boards and five points. He had an off night from the floor, going just 2-13, but Ames isn’t concerned.
“Andy is a junior and is still adjusting to varsity play,” he said. “He’ll figure it out. It may take time, but he’s going to be great.”
Starting small forward Nate Armerding led the Eagles in scoring Tuesday with 13 points, including three long-range hoops in the first quarter. He cooled off in the second half, but still played solid defense and committed zero turnovers.
Power forward Brendon Charles provided another bright spot for the Eagles, demonstrating how far he has come in becoming an all-around player. He has learned to make the extra pass and set up numerous easy hoops for Eric Nelson and Ryan Goe in the paint.
Charles also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and scored 12 points to go along with two steals. Goe had 11 points and Nelson chipped in four points and four boards.
One emerging star for the Eagles is sophomore post Heath Goin, whose hustle underneath the boards and scrappy style of defense helped keep the game close in the second half. Ames said if he keeps playing with that type of intensity, he will see his minutes steadily increase.
HRV played Aloha High School Friday night in Portland, but results were not available at press time. The team begins conference play Tuesday at last season’s MHC champ David Douglas.
Armerding 5-13 0-0 13, Charles 3-9 6-7 12, Nelson 2-6 0-0 4, Holmson 2-13 0-0 5, Bohn 0-4 0-0 0, Goe 5-6 1-1 11, Monzie 2-3 0-0 4, Goin 1-1 0-0 2, Shyppert 0-0 0-0 0, Fogle 0-0 0-0 0
Rebounds — 26 (Charles 7). Assists — 14 (Holmson 9). Total fouls — 15.