The Hood River Valley boys basketball team looked like a team that had not played in 17 days when it took the court against the Pendleton Buckaroos.
The Bucks, which had been in action as recently as Friday, did not. The end result was the Bucks set a pace early which the Eagles could not hope to match and cruised to a 84-60 victory.
"We wanted to make them beat us from the outside," said HRV coach Steve Noteboom. "And they did a pretty good job at that; then when we came out on them, they just went inside on us."
Deion Davis led Pendleton with 26 points, while only playing the first three quarters, and generally wreaked havoc on the Eagles.
"Deion Davis played a great game," Noteboom said. "Not only did he score 26 points, but he moved the ball really well."
In addition to his scoring efforts, Davis also had nine assists and four steals.
Lathan Alger added 19 points for the Bucks.
Pendleton pushed the tempo from the outside and the Eagles simply could not keep up.
While the Eagles got a nice balanced scoring effort with Ryan Wheat tallying 19 points, Luke Kopecky 14 and Cody Walker 12, Noteboom said his team's impatience to score led them into a shootout, where they could not match Pendleton's speed and athleticism.
"We were not patient enough on offense," he said. "We need to move the ball around and look for our shot more."
Noteboom told his team that in order to win regularly they would have to score around 55 points on a consistent basis - which they did against Pendleton - but also have to slow the other team down - which they did not do.
The Eagles trailed by 16 after the first quarter, and 20 at the half as Pendleton hit several three-pointers in the final minute of the half to keep the Eagles from cutting into the gap before intermission.
In third quarter, the Eagles were done in by the relentless Pendleton tempo and their own struggles offensively. HRV committed 16 of its 20 turnovers in the second half, and most of those came in the third quarter. The Bucks built their lead to as big as 33 in the quarter, as Pendleton used several scoring runs to put the Eagles away.
By the fourth quarter, the Bucks pulled their starters, allowing the Eagles to chip away and make the final margin more respectable.
After not having a game in over two weeks, first due to ice, snow and power outages and then due to a bomb threat canceling Friday's game at The Dalles-Wahtonka, the Eagles now face a stretch of five games in nine days.
HRV hosts Hermiston today, travels to Pendleton Friday and then plays at The Dalles Monday and Wednesday.
In Pendleton, the Buckaroos rolled to a 53-36 win over the HRV girls team.
Hood River Valley's games at The Dalles-Wahtonka from last Friday, which were cancelled due to a bomb threat at TDWHS, will now be played Monday at The Dalles.
Pendleton 84 HRV 60
Pend.- 25 23 25 11-84
HRV - 9 19 13 19-60
Pend- Deion Davis 26, Alger 19, Boozer 9, Madsen 8, T. Anderson 5, Beard 5, Moses 3 , George 5, L. Anderson, Schnetzky
HRV-Ryan Wheat 19, Kopecky 14, Walker 12, Schmidt 7, Hunter 6, Soto 2, Fults, Jimenez, McKee, Chavez, Webber, Weekly