Photo by Ben Mitchell
NOAH NOTEBOOM, who led HRV with 19 points, muscles past Hermiston’s Austin Naillon during Friday’s game in Hood River.
As of Tuesday, February 23, 2016
With both teams losing their Friday games, Tuesday’s competition between The Dalles and HRV will decide which team will get the final available play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.
The Dalles (5-17, 2-6 CRC) lost its game in Pendleton on Friday by a score of 88-43 and HRV (3-17, 2-6 CRC) lost 69-46 to Hermiston in Hood River. With Pendleton a lock for first place with a 6-1 league record, and Hermiston a lock for second place in the CRC with a 5-3 league record, the Riverhawks and the Eagles had to duke it out Tuesday night at 7 in The Dalles (results not available at press time) for the third and final play-in spot.
The loss to Hermiston may have stung for HRV, but the contest had little impact on the Eagles’ post-season quest. If the teams had ended the season with identical league records, the first tie-breaker goes to head-to-head matchups. With the season series knotted up at 1-1, Tuesday’s game against The Dalles and HRV was the decider even before Friday’s game, regardless of record.
That being said, HRV had a little something to play for Friday night in that a defeat of Hermiston and a defeat of The Dalles would allow HRV a potential late surge to second place in the CRC standings — provided Hermiston lost to league-leading Pendleton on the following Tuesday.
Through two quarters, HRV hung with Hermiston on the Eagles’ home court as the two teams traded baskets and seesawed their way through the first half, with neither team gaining much of an advantage. HRV played a solid first half, shooting 10-for-19 (53 percent) from two-point range and holding back on three-point shooting, going 1-for-4 (25 percent). On defense, Dallas Buckley was a monster in the first half, blocking four shots and taking two of his three total charges for the game, delighting the HRV student section. At the half, HRV trailed 33-30.
The game unraveled for HRV in the third, however, as HRV turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter while Hermiston got hot shooting from the perimeter, going 4-for-9 (44 percent).
“We turned the ball over 10 times in the third quarter — that’s pretty much the key (to the game) right there,” said HRV Head Coach Steve Noteboom. He added that players “were shooting a lot just to get back in the game,” resulting in too many missed three-pointers.
HRV shot 16-for-40 (40 percent) for total field goals, but was just 3-for-15 (20) percent from the arc. The Eagles were tight on the free throw line, going 11-for-15 (73 percent). Noah Noteboom was the lead scorer with 19 points and Buckley added 15 points, five rebounds. Parker Kennedy was also busy, recording a total seven points, six rebounds, and four assists.
HRV girls lose to Hermiston
The girls team once again had trouble with one of the best teams in 5A girls basketball, losing to the fifth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs, 87-36, Friday in Hermiston. The Bulldogs, who haven’t lost a league game this season and have only lost three of their 23 total games this season, got the season sweep of the Eagles in three games.
“We didn’t handle the press well and got down by a lot (32-2) in the first quarter,” said HRV Head Coach Scott Walker. “When (the Bulldogs) took the press off and put some subs in the game, we outscored them 14-13 in the second quarter. That quarter was the highlight of the evening for us.”
Marlie Bloomster was the lead scorer and rebounder for the Eagles, tallying 17 points and five boards. Walker said that no other player had more than four points Friday night.
As a team, HRV went 14-for-53 from the field (26 percent) and was 10-for-17 from the free throw line (59 percent).
HRV (3-18, 0-8 Columbia River Conference) looked to relegate The Dalles (12-10, 4-4 CRC) to a third-place spot in the CRC Tuesday night, hosting the Riverhawks at 7 for HRV’s final game of the season (results not available at press time).