HRV boys buried by Sandy

Eagles no longer in playoff contention with 49-40 loss.

The HRV boys basketball team came unraveled late in the fourth quarter Tuesday and dropped its second game of the year to Sandy by a score of 49-40. The Eagles started off hot in the first quarter and took an 18-16 lead behind eight points from Eric Nelson. But the wheels came off in the second and third quarters as HRV managed to put up just 11 points in that stretch -- three points in the entire second quarter. Sandy big man Ryan Thorson led the Pioneers with 22 points. Andy Holmson led the Eagles with 10. See the Saturday edition of the Hood River News for details.

Friday, Feb. 8

GRESHAM — Seeking revenge for a last-second home loss to Gresham on Jan. 18, the HRV boys basketball team turned up its intensity a few notches Friday night to defeat the Gophers 68-57 on their home court.

Brendon Charles played huge, scoring 27 points on 9-13 from the field (8-11 FTs) and grabbing eight rebounds, three on the offensive end.

Eric Nelson and Nate Armerding also scored in double figures, tallying 14 and 10 points, respectively. Nelson added three rebounds and a steal, while Armerding posted consistent numbers in rebounds (4), assists (4) and steals (4).

Fellow starters Andy Holmson and Mitchell Bohn also contributed nicely to the cause with their broad range of talents. Holmson led the team with seven assists to go with five points, while Bohn put together a solid all-around effort with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As for the X’s and O’s, HRV (5-8, 8-13) grabbed the lead early and never relinquished it, outscoring the Gophers in all but one quarter (9-8 Gresham in the second). The Eagles got out to a 26-21 halftime lead and turned on the jets in the second half to score 21 in each of the final two quarters.

The win was the Eagles’ second in three games and helped them surge past Gresham and Sandy into sixth place in the Mt. Hood Conference standings with three games left to play.

HRV must win its final three games and have help from Centennial (7-6), Reynolds (7-5) and/or Barlow (7-6) to have a shot at the playoffs. The Eagles face the latter two teams Feb. 19 and 21, both on the road.

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