The East Region’s bottom-ranked Columbia Basin Hawks took home their first Northwest Athletic Conference win after turning Blue Mountain away 90-83 on Saturday.

“We played a good first half, but we ran out of gas and couldn’t get a good rhythm going,” said Timberwolves coach Doug Baxter.

“That’s been the story of our season so far.”

Jeremiah Hilliard hit a 3-pointer to take the lead just 50 seconds into the game. The Timberwolves relinquished that lead just once in the first half and took a nine-point advantage off a bucket from Dylan Grogan before the Hawks went on a nine-point streak to narrow their deficit.

The Timberwolves went into the locker room on top, 46-44. They stayed up front for 17 minutes of the second half until Columbia River’s Hayden Kasset scored from outside the arc to take over for good.

“They didn’t do anything we weren’t expecting,” Baxter said of the Hawks. “It was more a matter of the stuff we didn’t do to compete with them. We had 18 turnovers, and they got 20 points off those turnovers.”

Clayton led the Timberwolves with 28 points, and Hilliard and Mehki Foreman each chipped in 16.

Blue Mountain (4-17, 2-7 NWAC) visits Wenatchee Valley on Saturday.

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The Hawks proved too much for Blue Mountain to take on, handing them a 58-19 loss on Saturday.

The Timberwolves trailed 30-15 at the half, and were held scoreless for the first eight minutes of the third quarter. They finally got back on the board off a field goal and two at the line from Alyia Munoz.

And that pair of free throws would be the last time the Timberwolves would find the net, as the Hawks held them scoreless in the fourth quarter and posted 14 more points to close the game.

Brooke Wheeler posted seven points to lead the Timberwolves.

Blue Mountain (3-17, 1-9 NWAC) hits the road to Wenatchee Valley on Saturday.

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