Horizon hoops wins third straight game

HILLSBORO — The Horizon Christian basketball team continued to creep closer to a .500 season record Friday, Feb. 1, earning its third win in three nights with a 66-25 pasting of Heritage Christian.

Sophomore center Kenny Kincaid rebounded from a difficult night Thursday to post 21 points and 16 rebounds, leading three Hawks players with double figures in points and rebounds.

Fellow sophomore Torsen Rich-Wimmer pitched in 11 points and matched Kincaid on the glass with 16 boards of his own, while junior Sheldon Diers wasn’t far behind with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

“We saved our best game for last in this three-game span,” coach Ron Haynes said. “We played very confidently and shot out of our minds.”

The Hawks’ backcourt of Brian Stenberg and John Winters exerted their usual dose of defensive pressure to amass 11 steals between them — six by Stenberg, five by Winters.

Winters also poured in 15 points in the game which saw Horizon build a 25-8 halftime lead and outscore Heritage Christian 41-17 in the second half. Stenberg finished with three points.

“Our only off quarter was the third, in which we allowed 15 points,” Haynes said. “But we came right back to shut them down with only two points in the fourth.”

Horizon regained its touch from the free-throw line as well on Friday, shooting 10-13 on the night, compared to the 12-31 effort on Thursday at Dufur. Kincaid bounced back from a poor 1-6 outing Thursday to go 3-4 from the stripe.

The win puts Horizon at 8-9 on the season and assures them of a chance to reach the break-even mark in their final game, Feb. 12 at Tri-Valley Junior Academy.

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