Before the Hermiston boys basketball team returns to the Dawg House for three consecutive home games, the Bulldogs opened their season in Wilsonville at the Holiday Inn WIT Tournament.
Hermiston finished 1-2 after three days of play beginning Friday and wrapping up Sunday. The Bulldogs’ most successful outing was in the final day of competition against Eagle Point.
They pulled away with a 70-52 win thanks to a 24-point performance in the third quarter where five Dawgs scored two or more points.
Before Hermiston picked up its first win of the season, it had to endure some tough losses. The first was a 74-64 defeat at the hands of Mountain View to open the tournament Friday. Hermiston again fell Saturday, this time 59-42 against Springfield.
The Bulldogs are playing without one of their starts and key play makers, junior Andrew James — who is recovering from a back injury he suffered during the football team’s championship game a week ago.
Despite coming out of the tournament with only one win, there were some promising moments for Hermiston. The Bulldogs hit 13 3-pointers against Mountain View, and notched 15 more over the next two days of play.
Cesar Ortiz emerged as an early points leader for Hermiston with 24 points and five made 3-pointers against the Cougars. Ryan Andreason hit four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to open the tournament.
In both losses the Bulldogs got off to a good start, but couldn’t sustain their aggressive level of play throughout the entire 38 minutes.
Jordan Ramirez, one of the only returning starters, led the Bulldogs through the rest of the tournament. He scored a team-high 12 points against Springfield on Saturday and finished second to Andreason with another 12 points Sunday.
UPCOMING: Hermiston will have played its first home game Tuesday against Hanford (WA) and will follow that up with another game in the Dawg House at 7:30 p.m. Friday versus Chiawana (WA). Before the Bulldogs hit the road next week, they will host Cleveland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.