Photo by Patrick Mulvihill
HRV boys basketball dropped their fourth game in a row last Friday night versus Milwaukie at home. Carson Orr (above) is one of four original varsity players who must lead this young team until the rest of the team returns. Next up for the Eagles is a home matchup versus Stevenson this Friday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
As of Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The HRV boys basketball team is not where it want to be with only five games remaining until it opens Columbia River Conference play against Pendleton.
Currently, the boys are on a four-game losing streak with their most recent loss coming at home last Friday night against Milwaukie.
The Eagles would lose by a final score of 53-38 to Milwaukie.
HRV opened this game with a lot of energy and sustained that energy for four quarters, but mentally is where this game got away from HRV.
At the end of the first quarter against Milwaukie, this young Eagles team found themselves down 18-9.
The Eagles seemed to be the more inspired team, but poor-shot selection cancelled out all the energy HRV was bringing.
HRV continued to force shots and weren’t exploding open opportunities by using the extra pass.
And for the Eagles this carried on until the fourth quarter.
With under five minutes remaining, the Eagles were down 37-27.
The Eagles ran an offensive set and created a wide-open three-point opportunity which would’ve cut the lead to under 10 points.
But a miss from beyond the arc would be the turning point in this game as Milwaukie grabbed the defensive rebound and turned an Eagles miss opportunity into a three-point ball on the other end.
What could’ve been a 7-point deficit and momentum on the Eagles’ side, instead turned into a 13-point lead for Milwaukie and took both the Eagles and their crowd out of this game.
The Eagles are now 4-6 on the season and have dropped to their lowest OSAA 5A ranking of the season, 28.