Horizon boys extend winning streak to four

Freshman Guard Caleb Lingel had 12 points, five steals and four assists in the Hawks 51-28 win Tuesday night.

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Freshman Guard Caleb Lingel had 12 points, five steals and four assists in the Hawks 51-28 win Tuesday night.

The Horizon boys basketball team continued its early dominance against league opponents Tuesday night, beating South Wasco County at home by a final score of 51-28.

The win extends the boys winning streak to four and they head into Sherman on Friday (results unavailable at press time) with a 4-1 league record.

In Tuesday’s matchup, the boys clearly had a physical advantage over South Wasco County and they utilized that advantage from tip-off until the final buzzer.

The boys used their size and speed on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court to jump out to an early 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

With this game fully under control, the Hawks let their foot off the gas in the second and gave up 10 points to an offense that couldn’t match up with the Hawks’ defense.

And even though the Hawks still outscored South Wasco County 12-10 in the quarter, not being able to control the game on the defensive end resulted in poor trips on the offensive end.

However, after halftime the boys were able to get back to playing their type of basketball, which weighs heavily on transition offense from good defense.

The Hawks scored 16 points and held South Wasco County to eight points in the quarter to go up 43-24.

With the main rotation players for the Hawks already taking care of business after three quarters, Head Coach Darrin Lingel was able to get his bench players crucial time in varsity action.

The bench finished out the game and held South Wasco County to only four points in the fourth.

Junior forward Derek Johnston led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points, as he shot 4-7 from behind the arc. Johnston also added six rebounds and three assists.

Behind Johnston was freshman Caleb Lingel, who had 12 points along with team highs in steals and assists with five and four.

Bailey Holste, junior guard, rounded out the top-three scorers for the Hawks with eight points on 4-7 shooting from the field.

As a team, the Hawks totaled 17 steals on the night and shot an efficient 45.7 percent from the field.

After the Hawks play Sherman on Friday, they’ll be back at home Saturday for a matchup against Condon/Wheeler; tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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