DALLAS — The Hermiston boys basketball team heads into Christmas break on a positive note as it ended a two-game losing streak with a 72-52 victory on the road against Dallas on Friday night.

“It was a real good win for us going into break,” Hermiston coach Casey Arstein said. “The kids played very hard and well on defense in the second half ... and on offense we got in a groove and got a lot of easy buckets off of our half-court defense.”

The Bulldogs (4-4) had only two scorers in double figures, but had a very balanced night as the second half cushion allowed Arstein to empty his bench quite a bit. Ryne Andreason led the Bulldogs with 14 points which include three made 3-pointers, while Jordan Ramirez followed with 11 points. Three Bulldogs finished with eight points including Andrew James, who played more minutes after getting full clearance from a back injury he had suffered during the football state championship game.

“It was a great team effort, not just from the top five guys,” Arstein said. “We’re finally getting healthy and getting into a groove.”

Evan Courtney led the Dragons (1-7) with nine points.


Hermiston hosts Silverton on Thursday at 7 p.m.


HHS 15 11 23 23 — 72

DHS 13 15 8 16 — 52

HERMISTON — R. Andreason 14, J. Ramirez 11, A. Earl 8, A. James 8, C. Ortiz 8, A. Mendez 7, P. Wicks 6, C. Smith 6, T. McCullough 2, B. Davis 2.

DALLAS — E. Courtney 9, C. Weisensee 8, J. Fennell 7, T. Dimick 6, J. Anderson 5, B. Hicks 4, C. Kiner 4, D. Woolner 2, W. Button 2.

3-pointers — HHS 8, DHS 3. Free throws — HHS 10-17, DHS 13-20. Fouls — HHS 20, DHS 17.

Girls Basketball

WEST VALLEY (WA) 54, HERMISTON 31 — At West Valley, the Hermiston Bulldogs’ losing streak extended to four games on Friday with a non-league loss to West Valley.

The Bulldogs next play on Wednesday against Oregon City in the Lake Oswego Tournament.

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