ARLINGTON - The Arlington Honkers tuned up for an intense weekend of Big Sky Conference boys basketball Tuesday with a 75-36 victory over Horizon Christian.
Arlington (20-2, 12-1 Big Sky) built a 50-13 halftime lead, cruising to the Big Sky victory.
Jeremy Rosenbalm paced the Honkers with a game-high 26 points to go with his seven steals and six assists.
"The kids were focused and Horizon Christian has played teams well in the second half," Arlington head coach Shawn Troutman said. "I was pleased with the way the kids were ready to play."
Troutman praised the efforts of Jeff Evens, who started and scored seven points, and the play of Scott Garrelts, who came off the bench and scored five points.
Lukas Welker added 16 points and Benjamin Buntzel contributed 11 points.
Arlington needs one win to clinch the Big Sky West Division, earning the No. 1 seed for the district tournament Feb. 21-22 in Umatilla. The Honkers finish the regular season hosting Echo at 7:30 p.m. Friday and visit Helix at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We have focused on the first seed and it's a huge advantage to go into district as the No. 1 seed," Troutman said.
Mac-Hi 64, Walla Walla Valley Academy 59
WALLA WALLA - The Mac-Hi Pioneers outscored Walla Walla Valley Academy 21-10 in the second quarter Tuesday en route to a 64-59 non-league boys basketball victory over the Knights.
The Pioneers (9-10 overall) swept the season series with the Knights.
"We started out really slow," Mac-Hi coach Chris Meyers said. "We went on an 8-0 run at the end of the first quarter to go up by two (16-14) and opened it up in the second quarter. We kind of let them back in it in the third quarter and we played really, really well in the fourth quarter. We kept our composure, moved the ball well, found the open guy and shot the ball well in the fourth quarter."
The Pioneers sank eight 3-pointers while the Knights hit none. Marco Martinez, who hit three treys, led Mac-Hi with 12 points, five assists and eight steals.
Carlos Cruz and Josh Strickland were also in double figures for Mac-Hi with 11 and 10 points, respectively.