Win streak ends, but Hawks bounce back with a vengeance

Feb. 2, 2011

In the run-up to the Academy Awards, movie studios typically release their worst movies of the year in January, hoping that no one will see them.

The Horizon Christian boys basketball team is hoping for the same phenomena after its undefeated run in Big Sky league play came to a jarring end when the Sherman Huskies flattened them 79-54 in Hood River Friday night.

It was a horror show, in the literal and metaphorical senses, from start to finish for the Hawks. They were already on the ropes when freshman forward Matt Totaro cracked his head on the floor with two minutes to play in the first quarter, leaving a pool of blood on the court. With the team shaken, Sherman used a barrage of three-pointers to take complete control by halftime.

Horizon trailed by 23 at the break, and Sherman hit several more three-pointers to open the second half and put away all thoughts of a comeback.

"They played a great game," Horizon coach Darrin Lingel said. "What's going to be important now is how we respond."

The Hawks wasted no time in showing how they would respond, hitting the road to Helix Saturday night and pasting the Grizzlies 91-28.

The Hawks are currently in first place in the Big Sky League at 9-1, while Sherman is second at 9-2. The two teams meet again at Sherman Feb. 8.

Totaro returned to the bench late in the second half against Sherman.

After the game Lingel said it did appear he had a concussion from his fall, but that he did need five stitches.

• Against Sherman Friday the Horizon girls stayed with Sherman through halftime, but Sherman stepped up on offense in the second half to pull away for a 36-19 win. The Hawk girls also lost to Helix, 43-28, Saturday.

The Hawks were scheduled to host Central Christian Tuesday and then a key match-up with Dufur in Hood River Saturday.

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