Five games in eight days, including its first two conference contests of the season, started to wear on the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team last week.
The unbeaten Hawks survived, but coach Darrin Lingel said by the time the string of games was over it had affected his team’s performance. The fifth game in the span was a 61-47 league victory against visiting Big Sky opponent Echo on Saturday.
“We weren’t really where we needed to be on the defensive side of the basketball. Offensively we were tired, as well,” Lingel said.
Despite the sluggish performance, Horizon built a 14-point lead in the first half and led by as many as 21 points in the second. Echo closed the final 1:35 of the game with a 7-0 scoring run.
One thing working for the Hawks was their outside shooting: They shot 54 percent (7 for 13) from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Jared Davis led the way with three 3s en route to his 16 points. Matt Totaro chipped in 16 points of his own, and Mason Bloomster added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Horizon opened league play the day before with a 56-11 win at Central Christian in Redmond. Lingel gave his regulars some rest and allowed some junior varsity players a chance to show what they could do. One of those was freshman Jared Bryan, who scored 11 points in his first varsity game. Totaro led the way in scoring with 14 efficient points (in 11 minutes of action) and Davis added 12 points.
n Horizon’s girls basketball team opened Big Sky League play this past weekend with a 25-9 road win Friday at Central Christian.
One day later, the team hung with visiting Echo for a half before losing 41-22. Coach Chad Leeson’s Hawks are 4-8 overall.
Marlie Bloomster led Horizon with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kasia Nielsen added seven rebounds, five points, four assists and two steals.
Against Central Christian, Horizon received eight points and five rebounds from senior post Katie Tolbert. Bloomster added nine rebounds and six blocks.