The Horizon boys basketball team is back on a winning-streak, currently at three, after beating Dufur on the road and Arlington at home last weekend.
On Jan. 26, the Hawks traveled to Dufur and won by a final score of 46-39.
Horizon was dominant in this game right after tip-off as they jumped out to a 16-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
However, Dufur would counter the Hawks’ impressive first quarter with a 18-9 advantage in the second to cut the Hawks’ lead down to five points heading into halftime, 25-20.
Despite the boys’ defensive inconsistency in the first half — Dufur scored two points in the first quarter and 18 in the second — the Hawks found some consistency in the third and fourth quarter.
Horizon held Dufur to 19 points in the final two quarters while the Hawks did just enough by scoring 21 total points in the third and fourth to come out with the 46-39 win.
The Hawks were led by Bailey Holste with a team-high 17 points while shooting 6-12 from the field. He also led the team in assists with six and added three steals.
Derek Johnston was Horizon’s second-leading scorer as he had 13 points on 5-12 shooting from the field. Johnston ended with team-highs in rebound and steals with seven and six.
No other Hawks were double-digits in points, but they were still effective on the defensive end of the floor as Horizon as a team ended with 18 steals and two blocks on the night.
Horizon would be back at home the following night on Jan. 27 versus Arlington.
These two teams went back-and-forth for a full 32-minutes of play with 11 lead changes.
The Hawks struggled early on offensively, but their defense would keep them in it as they trailed only by one-point heading into the second quarter, 9-8.
And in the second quarter, the Hawks were still unable to get things going on offense and trailed Arlington 21-18 at halftime.
It was apparent that during halftime, Head Coach Darrin Lingel wanted his team to come out in third quarter and focus on being aggressive on the offensive end, and that is exactly what they did.
The boys took the ball to the hoop and were getting good looks in the third quarter, which led to Horizon taking the slight advantage over Arlington heading into the fourth, 32-31.
Horizon would go on and outscore Arlington 15-9 in the fourth quarter to take the win at home by a final score of 47-40.
Freshman guard Caleb Lingel was the Hawks top performer against Arlington, leading the team in points and steals with 19 and three on the night. Lingel set the tone for the Hawks to be aggressive at the hoop as he was 3-4 shooting inside the arc and 7-9 from the free throw line.
Behind Lingel in scoring was Johnston, who had 14 points on 6-12 shooting from the field. Johnston led the team in blocks with three and added two assists to his final stat line.
The boys headed into their matchup versus South Wasco County on Jan. 30 on a three-game winning streak (results unavailable at press time). The Hawks will close out this week with a home game Friday night, Feb. 2 versus Ione with tip-off at 7:30 p.m., followed by an away game at Mitchell/Spray on Saturday, Feb. 3.