Hood River Valley High School boys basketball went 1-1 over the weekend at the Sandy Tournament, with a 73-46 loss against Sandy and a 76-67 win against Franklin.
Ryan Wheat led the team in scoring both games, totaling 52 points; 16 against Sandy and 36 against Franklin. Austin Clark was second-best for the Eagles with 16 points in each of the two games. The overtime win against Franklin puts the Eagles at 2-3 in early-season tournament action. The boys now have eight games — mainly against Portland-area schools — to troubleshoot and fine-tune before moving on to the nine-game league schedule set to open Jan. 15 at Pendleton.
Coach Steve Noteboom gave the following report from the Sandy tourney:
“Sandy was playing their first game in the new gymnasium and really wanted a win. They came out shooting the ball really well. We got down by 18 at the half and could never recover.
“Franklin had a full-court trapping defense that gave us trouble in the first half. After some halftime adjustments we were able to do a better job. We got Ryan Wheat near the basket and he scored almost at will. The key to the game was us shooting 58 percent from the field, while they shot 34 percent. Austin Clark also had a good tournament; we have been trying to get him to be more aggressive on the offensive end and he did a great job of that this weekend. Wyatt Webber hit three tough shots during overtime to seal the victory. Eli Fults neutralized their 6’8” center by being very physical but at the same time not getting into foul trouble. Luke Kopecky did not get on the stat sheet as often but was instrumental in breaking their press and playing lock down defense.”
HRV vs Sandy: 73-46 loss
Ryan Wheat: 16 points
Austin Clarke: 10 points
RJ Chavez: 8 points
HRV vs Franklin: 76-67 overtime win
Ryan Wheat: 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
Austin Clarke: 16 points
Wyatt Webber: 12 points
Eli Fults: 15 rebounds and 6 points