Tuesday’s basketball game at Hood River Valley High School was an entertaining evening, from national anthem to final buzzer. However, the Eagle boys remain winless for the season after the 66-35 defeat by the Pendleton Buckaroos.
The Eagles conclude the season with a home game Friday vs. Hermiston (results unavailable as of press time) and another Tuesday vs. The Dalles before traveling to Pendleton Feb. 27 for one final game.
Hood River Valley High School varsity girls (0-6, 4-14) were on the road last week in games against The Dalles Feb. 14 and Pendleton Feb. 18. Still winless in league play, the Eagles lost 35-20 vs. The Dalles and 48-34 vs. Pendleton. They hosted Hermiston Feb. 21 (results unavailable as of press time) and will host The Dalles Feb. 25 and Pendleton Feb. 27 in their final two games of the season.
In Tuesday’s loss, the Eagles kept scrapping throughout, finally relenting to a barrage of fourth-quarter Buckaroo baskets, led by the offensive and defensive damage of 6-6 post Joel Boozer.
“We did play hard and I am pleased we are not giving up,” coach Steve Noteboom said. “It was one of the more frustrating performances of the year, coming off one of our best games of the year against The Dalles on Friday, where we shot 50 percent from the field and played a solid game.”
Noteboom gave bigger minutes to a number of JV players, including Will Roberts, who had two points, Parker Irusta, and Ty Stintzi, who had three rebounds and provided a defensive spark in the second half. The team was without the services of Parker Kennedy, who was out sick, and Austin Martin, who has left the team. Kaydin Gibbs, a regular in the varsity rotation, started for the Eagles and had a block and a steal, both times collecting his own handiwork.
It was 9-4 early as the Eagles stayed active, disrupting Buckaroo passing lanes. At one point in the third quarter the Eagles forced three straight turnovers by the bigger Buckaroos, including two traveling calls in the paint as Buckaroo ballhandlers found nowhere to go.
Skyler Hunter had 11 points to lead the Eagles, who shot just 28 percent from the field. Scott Ziegner hit eight points and Austin Clarke chipped in with six.
Two other key stats: Hood River Valley managed just 14 rebounds for the game, only one on the offensive end, and committed 28 turnovers.