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Another league loss forces HRV boys basketball team into important showdown with The Dalles



With the Pendleton and Hermiston boys well out in front in the Columbia River Conference, The Dalles and HRV basketball teams, who have been able to beat the Bucks and Bulldogs all season, had to fight each other for the final play-in spot Tuesday evening in Hood River (results unavailable at press time).

That situation arose after HRV (7-12, 1-5 CRC) fell to Hermiston (15-6, 5-2) on the road 75-52 Friday evening. Like the Eagles, the Riverhawks have only won a single league competition this season — against HRV. With the season series tied at 1-1, a win for HRV would have guaranteed the team the remaining play-in spot in the conference. A loss would give the Eagles the tough task of having to defeat both Pendleton (12-4, 7-0) and Hermiston to advance. HRV hosts the Bucks at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Bulldogs at the same time Friday.

Hermiston’s offense was too much for the Eagles to keep up with Friday night, with the 11th-ranked Bulldogs doubling up on HRV 18-9 in the first quarter and then headed into the half with a 34-16 lead. The Eagles had a good night from the field, going 21-for-44 (48 percent), but struggled at the free-throw line (8-for-18, 44 percent) and nearly had as many turnovers as rebounds (26 versus 27).

Jonah Tactay was the lone athlete for HRV in double figures, scoring 11 on 5-for-9 shooting. JJ Mears was next with nine. Erik Siekkinen led the team with seven boards and Trenton Hough had a team-high four-assists.

HRV returned Saturday to host Ridgeview (1-20, 0-11 Intermountain Conference) in a nonleague contest, which the Eagles won in overtime 63-56. The Eagles were able to edge the struggling Ravens in the first three quarters and entered the final eight minutes of play with a six-point lead, but Ridgeview battled back and outscored the Eagles 18-12 to force overtime. The Eagles regrouped and limited the Ravens to just four points, while scoring 11 of their own to grab the victory.

Girls

The girls team (6-11, 0-6) hosted 10th-ranked Hermiston (12-9, 6-1) Friday night in what was HRV’s final home game of the season. The Eagles did not get the senior night they were hoping for, losing to the Bulldogs 67-29 in what was HRV’s worst loss of the season. The Bulldogs dumped in three three-pointers to start the game and went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter to put the game out of reach for the Eagles before they had a chance to get going. Emily Curtis, Haylee Baker, and Lauren Orr led the team with eight, seven, and seven points, respectively.

The Eagles traveled with a contingent of varsity and junior varsity players for a nonleague game against the Ridgeview Ravens Saturday (6-14, 3-8 Intermountain Conference), whom they lost to 41-29 after the team’s shooting faltered in the second and third quarters, said HRV Head Coach Donnie Herneisen. Orr led the team with 10 and Haylee Baker was right behind with nine.

The girls played at The Dalles (7-11, 2-6) Tuesday evening in what was a potential elimination game for the Eagles (results not available at press time). A win would have kept the Eagles alive in the race for the final play-in spot, but would also require HRV to defeat both Pendleton and Hermiston on the road this week on Thursday and Friday, respectively, to qualify.



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