As of Friday, February 19, 2016
HRV basketball teams were unable to avoid season sweeps by Pendleton Tuesday night, with both Buckaroo teams proving formidable Columbia River Conference opponents for the Eagles. At home, the boys lost 93-51 and the girls lost 71-33 on the road.
For the second time this season, the HRV boys (3-16, 2-5 CRC) suffered a 40-point loss at the hands of the Buckaroos (13-7, 6-1), who came out with guns blazing and hammered HRV with a 28-9 first quarter.
Pendleton, out for blood after losing to Hermiston 69-60 at home on Friday for the team’s first league loss of the season, delivered an opening salvo that proved too difficult for HRV to overcome. The Bucks took a break from the shelling in the second quarter, only outscoring HRV 13-12, then resumed their campaign after halftime, putting up 31 points to HRV’s 12 in the third.
“(The Bucks) just moved the ball really well and took good shots,” said Steve Noteboom, head coach for HRV. “They’re just a pretty good perimeter basketball team and that just wasn’t our best defensive game.”
Once again, Parker Kennedy and Tyrone Stintzi were the lead scorers for HRV, responsible for nearly two-thirds of HRV’s production on offense, putting up 20 and 13 points, respectively. Noah Noteboom led with five rebounds, as did Stintzi, and Zak Ellsworth had two steals. Dallas Buckley played limited minutes with a sprained ankle, but was expected to return for Friday’s game. The team shot 17-for-55 from the field (31 percent) and 11-for-17 from the foul line (65 percent).
Tuesday’s games provided little clarity as to how the CRC will wrap up the season, as no team had clinched the title, although the 2-5 league records for The Dalles and HRV put those teams out of contention. Pendleton and Hermiston had both clinched at least play-in spots, leaving The Dalles and HRV to fight for the remaining berth.
HRV was scheduled to play Hermiston (11-11, 4-3) Friday night at 7 in Hood River for the team’s final home game of the regular season (results not available at press time), and then travel to The Dalles (5-16, 2-5) on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game. That final game will likely determine which team gets the final play-in spot in the CRC. Tiebreakers are decided by head-to-head matchups and currently, the season series with The Dalles is split at 1-1.
The HRV girls (3-17, 0-7) didn’t lose by as much in their game against the Buckaroos (9-13, 4-3), but they also had a difficult time playing in Pendleton Tuesday night. Nor did Pendleton get out to the fast start, with the two teams knotted up at 7-7 midway through the first quarter.
However, HRV Head Coach Scott Walker said Pendleton took over the game at that point, preventing the Eagles from scoring for approximately seven minutes. By halftime, Pendleton had outscored HRV at a 2:1 ratio, going up 31-15 at the half. The Bucks didn’t let up in the third quarter, outscoring HRV 21-8 to put the game out of reach.
Lauren Orr led the team in both scoring and rebounding in a near double-double, putting up nine points and collecting eight boards. Marlie Bloomster and Emily Curtis were next in scoring with six points apiece, and Bloomster was second in rebounding with seven boards.
HRV was scheduled to play the fifth-ranked Bulldogs (19-3, 7-0) in Hermiston at 7 p.m. Friday (results not available at press time) and then finish off their season Tuesday with a home matchup against The Dalles at 7 p.m.