Parker Kennedy leads with 17 in boys’ loss at Gresham

Elevated by a four-game winning streak, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team traveled to Gresham Tuesday to take on the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers (2-2), and although the Eagles finished with a loss, they still have plenty of reason for optimism. The 72-66 result is the sixth game this season in which the team has scored more than 60 points, while four of those have been 70-points or more. To put that into perspective, last season the team managed just one 60-plus point game (an 83-64 loss at Pendleton) and broke the 50-point just three times.

Parker Kennedy led the team in scoring Tuesday with 17 points and managed four assists and six steals. Scottie Ziegner was next with 14 points and seven rebounds, Noah Noteboom had 12 points and six assists, Skyler Hunter scored 11, Tyrone Stintzi had seven points and four rebounds, Kaydin Gibbs had five points, six rebounds and three assists and Zak Ellsworth had two points and three rebounds.

A high-turnover, low-percentage first half (9-for-26) put the Eagles down by 15 going into halftime. The team turned things around and took charge in the second half but was unable to overcome the deficit. The boys are home this weekend for the Hood River Tournament. They were scheduled to play 5A Mid-Willamette South Albany (1-4) Friday at 7 p.m. and 6A PIL’s Madison (0-4) Saturday at 7 p.m.

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