Hawks defeat Eagle/Loggers
Playing in Mitchell on senior night, the Mitchell/Spray Eagle/Loggers had a strong first quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Horizon Christian Hawks rolled to a 64-32 Big Sky League victory Saturday.
The Eagle/Loggers took an early lead as Baara Narangerel hit a 3-pointer early in the game. When Tate Holms hit a second three for the Eagle/Loggers, they led 8-4 midway through the first quarter.
A basket by Tolga Haciibrahim gave the Eagle/Loggers a 12-8 lead with under a minute left in the first quarter.
The Hawks responded as Derek Johnston hit a jumper from the middle of the key with just seconds left in the quarter to make the score 12-10.
When Rey Rodriguez hit a basket 30 seconds into the second quarter, Mitchell/Spray led 14-11.
However, that was the last lead they would have.
The Hawks went on a 14-0 run, and when Johnston streaked away for a fast break layup midway through the period, Horizon Christian led 23-14.
Mitchell/Spray finally got on the board again on another basket by Rodriguez, but the damage had already been done.
The Hawks outscored the Eagle/Loggers 9-1 the remainder of the first half, taking a 32-17 lead into the locker room.
Mitchell/Spray made a brief run of their own to start the third quarter and were within seven points when Rodriguez hit another key basket.
However, that was as close as they would get. The Hawks regrouped, scoring 10 of the final 14 points in the period to take a 43-28 lead going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as Horizon Christian took advantage of Mitchell/Spray turnovers to outscore the Eagle/Loggers 21-4 down the stretch to win going away.
Bailey Holste led the way for Horizon Christian with 24 points, while Johnston finished with 18.
Rodriguez led the Eagle/Loggers in scoring with 10, while Holms finished with nine, and Myles McCormick-Lyons finished with seven.
Led by Johnston with eight rebounds and Andrew Wells with seven, the Hawks outrebounded the Eagle/Loggers 34-19.
Victor Garcia and Haciibrahim each had four rebounds for the Eagle/Loggers.
Although rebounding gave the Hawks a big advantage, it was turnovers that made the biggest difference in the game.
The Hawks committed just 12 turnovers in the contest, compared to 25 for the Eagle/Loggers.
Johnston finished with five steals in the game, while Holste added five.
Rodriguez had three steals for the Eagle/Loggers.
The loss was the 18th consecutive for the Eagle/Loggers, who started the season with a 2-0 record.
Mitchell/Spray is now 0-12 in Big Sky competition.
Meanwhile, Horizon Christian improved to 16-5 overall and 10-2 in conference play as they held on to second place in the conference.
Mitchell/Spray plays at Dufur (8-13, 5-7) on Friday, then closes out the season on Saturday with a game at Arlington (11-10, 7-5).
Horizon Christian 64, Mitchell/Spray 32
Saturday, February 3
Horizon Christian 10 22 11 21 — 64
Mitchell 12 5 11 4 — 32
Horizon Christian (64) — Bailey Holste 24, Johnston 18, Brown 6, Wells 6, Robertson 6, Williams 2, Leeson 2. Totals: 26 9-17 64.
Mitchell/Spray (32) — Ray Rodriguez 10, Tate Holms 9, Myle McCormick-Lyons 7, Narangerel 3, Haciibrahim 2, Garcia 1, Angel Siegle, Bennett, Bunch, Phan, Hathaway. Totals: 13 4-11 32.
Three-point goals — Horizon/Christian: Johnston. Mitchell/Spray: Narangerel, Holms.