HERMISTON - The Hermiston Bulldogs and Pendleton Buckaroos conclude the boys basketball regular season at 7 tonight in Hermiston.

The Buckaroos (8-14, 4-8 IMC) could spoil the Bulldogs' bid for the Intermountain Conference's No. 2 seed. Hermiston (18-5, 10-3 IMC) needs a win to force a tie for second with Bend (10-3 IMC).

Hermiston handed the Bucks an 85-61 loss Jan. 30 in the first meeting between the two teams behind a 25-point effort from the IMC's leading scorer, Mark Carollo. The Bulldogs have also won three straight over their rival Bucks.

Carollo averages 20.9 points per game and Hermiston is the highest scoring team in the IMC at 66.2 points per game while Pendleton is last in team defense, surrendering 70.3 points per game.

Matt Gundlach scored 17 points for the Bucks in the first meeting this year, but Hermiston outscored Pendleton 44-25 in the second half.

The seeding for the Class 4A state sub-tournament will be decided by a coin flip if Hermiston and Bend tie.

The IMC No. 2 seed travels to the Pac-9 No. 2 seed and the IMC No. 3 seed visits the PIL No. 1 seed Wednesday in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.


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