Horizon hoops rolls Dufur on path to Big Sky title

Hawks pull off key comeback vs. Rangers

The 1A No. 1 ranked Horizon Christian School varsity boys basketball team continued to dominate the Big Sky Conference as it notched two more wins last week to extend their conference win streak to 44 games. Horizon (11-0 Big Sky, 19-3 overall) won 58-25 Friday at Arlington (1-10, 3-18), followed by a 54-45 come-from-behind home win Saturday over the No. 11 ranked Dufur Rangers (9-2, 13-7).

Horizon, guided by coach Darrin Lingel, is seeking to capture a fifth straight league title. The powerhouse Hawks continued their run at the Big Sky title with road games Tuesday and Friday before returning home this Saturday, 5:30 p.m., for senior night and the team’s final regular season home contest vs. South Wasco.

Horizon will compete in the Big Sky District Playoffs Feb. 20-21 at Hermiston High School.

“It was a good game versus Dufur and a hard battle in which we overcame a halftime deficit to get the win,” said Lingel. “We were able to take control of the game with a strong fourth quarter to pull out the win at the end. The kids are really playing with a high confidence level right now.”

In a low-scoring first half, Horizon trailed 19-14 at the break. Led by seniors Jared Davis (26 points), Wes Johnston (10 pts.) and Mason Bloomster (14 pts., 17 rebounds), the Hawks gained the momentum in the second half and outscored Dufur 40-26, including 22-11 in the fourth, to get the victory.

On Friday, Horizon held Arlington to single digit scoring in every quarter except the fourth to get a blowout win. The Hawks led 18-6 after one and built a 34-10 halftime advantage. Horizon maintained its momentum for the entire contest in leading from start-to-finish. The trio of Bloomster (14 pts.), Davis (nine pts.) and RJ Hicks (10 pts.) helped lead the Hawks to victory.

Horizon girls

The Horizon girls team lost a pair of Big Sky games but is still in the playoff picture. The girls lost 48-27 on the road Friday to the Arlington Honkers (6-5 Big Sky, 12-9 overall) and 33-17 Saturday to the No. 13 ranked Dufur Rangers (10-1, 14-7). Horizon is in a three-way tie for sixth place in the eight-team conference with two games remaining on the regular season schedule. The top six teams advance to Big Sky District playoffs Feb. 20 at Hermiston High School.

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