BEND - The Hermiston Bulldogs rallied for a 60-46 victory at Bend Friday to keep their Intermountain Conference boys basketball title hopes alive.
The Bulldogs play at league-leading Redmond today and can pull even in the loss column with a victory.
Things didn't look quite so rosy for the Bulldogs in the early going as the Lava Bears had a 23-12 lead in the second quarter before the Bulldogs stormed back with a 9-0 run to get back into the game.
"That was really the turning point of the game," Bulldogs coach Larry Usher said.
The Bulldogs trailed by four points at halftime before outscoring Bend 34-16 over the final two quarters. The difference in the two halves was how the Bulldogs handled the Bend defense.
"It looked like we didn't get off the bus," Usher said. "We didn't handle their pressure at all in the first half."
Jake Burns led the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Mark Carollo added 19. Tyler Murray pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds, while Burns led the Bulldogs with three steals and Carollo handed out three assists.
The Bulldogs outrebounded Bend 33-22, something which has been a key to Hermiston's success all season long.
The Bulldogs (12-7, 7-2 IMC) took a seven-point lead into the final quarter and never allowed the Lava Bears to get themselves back into the game.
"The kids kept their composure down the stretch," Usher said. "They played smart."
Crook County 62, Pendleton 50
PRINEVILLE - The Crook County Cowboys stung the Pendleton Buckaroo boys 62-50 Friday as Pendleton could not get its offense or defense going, nor could the Bucks get to the free throw line.
Crook County claimed a 17-10 advantage after one period. Pendleton matched the Cowboys' scoring in the second and third periods before being outscored 17-12 in the fourth.
"They played extremely well," Pendleton head coach Jeff Quinn said. "(We) just weren't hitting on all cylinders. We had a poor game on both sides of the floor."
Pendleton (11-9 overall, 6-4 IMC) will try to get back on track today against Summit in Bend.
Crook County (10-9, 3-6) hit 20 of its 26 free throw attempts while the Bucks were 3 of 6 at the line. Marcus Buckley led Pendleton with 17 points, including four 3-point field goals. Brian Nooy had eight points for Pendleton.
Redmond 9-1 17-3
Hermiston 7-2 12-7
Pendleton 6-4 11-9
Bend 6-5 10-10
Mt. View 5-6 7-14
Crook County 3-6 10-9
Summit 2-7 6-12
Hood River 1-8 5-14