Tuesday, January 3, 2012
After getting so close to its first win of the season, the Hood River Valley boys basketball team was upset, but also happy.
"They are beginning to realize what they are capable of," said HRV coach Steve Noteboom after the Eagles and Parkrose Broncos went back and forth in a physical, high-energy game Thursday with the Broncos prevailing in overtime, 58-54.
"We had seen that intensity at times before but we just couldn't sustain it," Noteboom said.
After both teams went hard in the first four quarters, with both repeatedly forcing turnovers which led to the 48-48 score at the end of regulation, neither had much left to give in the extra period.
After Parkrose scored four quick points on lay-ups to open overtime, nine of the final 12 total points scored between the two teams would come off free throws.
After the quick scoring burst, Parkrose began attempting to play stall ball with nearly three minutes left to play, and unable to jump the passing lanes, the Eagles were forced to foul.
The strategy of relying on free-throw shooting to close out the game nearly backfired on Parkrose, though.
The Broncos made just four of eight free-throw attempts, allowing HRV to stay in the game.
With 51 seconds left, the Eagles rebounded a missed free throw and streaked down the court, where Ryan Wheat knocked down a three-pointer to pull HRV to within two at 56-54.
At the other end, though, the Broncos were finally able to convert back-to-back charity shots, Marquis Hammick doing the honors. The Eagles turned the ball over on their ensuing possession and the Broncos ran out the clock for the win.
Hammick led the Broncos with 21 points while 6'9 center Orlando Vance added 16.
Wheat led HRV with 20 points while Cody Walker and Tory Schmidt had 12 each.
"More people are scoring now," Wheat said of what got the Eagles pointed in the right direction. "And we are playing really hard on defense."
Wheat did the bulk of his scoring in the first half, scoring 13 of his points in the first 16 minutes of play. Wheat's offense helped the Eagles match the Broncos nearly step-by-step and go into the half trailing 27-25.
Walker and Schmidt carried the Eagles down the stretch with Walker scoring 11 of his points in the second half, including seven on free throws as he repeatedly drove to the hoop and was fouled.
The Eagles finish their non-league schedule at Reynolds Tuesday before returning to Hood River for their league opener against Hermiston Friday.
Wheat said the Eagles are hoping to put the lessons they learned against Parkrose to use in those games.
"Even though we lost we still feel great," he said. "We just have to keep working hard in practice."
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge