Originally published March 3, 2012 at 12:00p.m., updated March 14, 2012 at 02:52p.m.
BAKER CITY — Hot-shooting, strong-rebounding Horizon Christian School toppled Triad 75-59 in Thursday’s first round of the Class 1A state basketball tournament at Baker City High School.
The Hawks shot 57 percent from the field and enjoyed a 44-19 rebound advantage against the smaller, but aggressive Timberwolves from Klamath Falls. The win put Horizon in Friday’s 8:15 p.m. semifinal game against top-seeded Country Christian. (Results were unavailable at press time.) Big Sky Conference rival Sherman County faced McKenzie in Friday’s other semifinal.
“Our players were motivated to play them again; they came out inspired because it was Triad,” Coach Darrin Lingel said.
Triad ended Horizon’s title run last season on a last-second, desperation three-pointer at the final buzzer. There would be no such heroics for the T-Wolves this year, as Horizon controlled the game from the outset and built a 25-point lead at one point in the second half.
“We dealt with their pressure fairly well. We effectively passed the ball well and we got some easy looks early,” Lingel said of his team’s ability to control the game.
Senior wing Sam Anthony led all scorers with 22 points. Anthony was 2-for-3 in the first half on three pointers, and senior guard Max Totaro was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. The Hawks finished 6-for-10 on three-pointers.
Triad appeared to be focusing on stopping Horizon sophomore wing Matt Totaro, which gave older brother, Max, and Anthony room to shoot from long range. Matt Totaro likes to roam the key area, where his mid-range jumper and slashes to the basket are most effective.
“I saw they were giving a lot of attention to Matt, so that gave us some open looks from the outside,” Max Totaro said.
Matt Totaro was his steady self, contributing another double-double: 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior 6-foot-7 post Jake Wells was a force inside, with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Matt Totaro said when Horizon can control the boards, it usually will win the game.
“That’s been important for us this season, especially limiting our opponents to second-chance points,” the 6-foot-4 Totaro said.
Horizon took a 39-31 halftime lead into the locker room, despite 13 turnovers. The Hawks did a much better job taking care of the ball in the third period, when they built a 22-point lead.
“The third quarter was our key quarter,” Lingel said. “I felt that we came out and really looked inside; we didn’t settle for the outside shot. We had some nice opportunities on the inside — lots of twos.”
Horizon got a scoring burst from guard Micah Engel in the third period, when he scored all five of his points, including a three-pointer to give his team its 22-point margin.
Lingel said his team is anticipating another rematch in the semifinals against Country Christian of Molalla. The Hawks defeated Country in December.
“We’re looking forward to the game tomorrow,” Lingel said. “We’ve played them before and were successful. But they’re a good basketball team.”
Country advanced to the semifinals with a win over Imbler in Thursday’s first round.
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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