By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
February 1, 2006
Tim Chance started Friday night’s home game with a break-away reverse lay-up to score the first two points against the Bend Lava Bears. Chance would finish with a team-high 22 points and the Hustle Player of the Week honors in the Eagles’ 61-36 victory over the now 2-5 Central Oregon squad.
The victory is a taste of retribution for the Eagles, as they lost a disappointing 63-54 game at Bend earlier this season.
The first half of the game did not indicate the blowout that ensued. After controlling the first quarter and coming away with a seven point lead, the Eagles slumped a bit in the second and Bend outscored the home team by two points. The Bears would have gone into the locker room down by only one, but Chance sunk two free-throws then came up with a key steal and a bucket for four points in the last seconds of the half, giving the Eagles momentum and a 23-18 lead at the half.
Bend went cold starting in the third quarter, while the Eagles heated up. In the second half, Bend shot three for 21 from two-point range and zero for seven from outside the paint. Hood River, on the other hand, shot 10 for 18 from the field and three for five from three-point land.
After coming out early in the first half due to foul trouble, sophomore pint Juan Zuniga came back to finish the game with 18 points off two three-pointers, four buckets and four for six from the charity stripe. Zuniga eventually fouled out late in the game.
The Bears effectively kept KC Christensen at bay, allowing him only six points and four boards in his 27 minutes of play. Christensen is currently the Intermountain Conference’s (IMC) eight leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points per game.
The Eagles outscored the visitors by ten points in the third quarter, then Bend fell apart and the game slipped into a blowout in the fourth. The Eagles had one of their highest scoring quarters of the season, racking up 26 points before the buzzer. The Bears could only manage 11, giving them a 15 point deficit in the fourth alone.
“We came out and gave a great effort,” Coach Phil Vesel said. “Then it snowballed and we gained good momentum. Our game plan was to take their point Kent Ervin out of the game. We wore him down in the second half and our plan really became effective.”
Ervin, who is currently the IMC’s ninth leading scorer, was held to only four points.
The junior varsity boys had a tougher time against Bend’s JV squad. Although nine of the team’s 15 boys scored in the game, they finished with a 65-39 loss.
Tim Chance 22 points, 7 rebounds
Juan Zuniga 18 points
Jon Ing 6 points
KC Christensen 6 points
Ryan Nelson 8 points
John Merge 7 points
Jordan Fogle 7 points
Adam Williams 5 points
Andy Kennedy 4points
Seth Amral 3 points
Wednesday, Feb. 1 — HOME vs. The Dalles-Wahtonka
Saturday, Feb. 4 — at Crook County
Thursday, Feb. 9 — at Pendleton
Wednesday, Feb. 15 — HOME vs. Mountain View