CENTRAL POINT — After a long trip southwest, the Hermiston boys basketball team had their work cut out for them against No. 2 seeded Crater.
The Comets held nearly a 10-point lead heading into halftime. After the break, steady defense from the Bulldogs allowed time for their offense to find shots, and Hermiston was able to pull within three points with three minutes of play left.
But during their following three possessions, the Bulldogs turned the ball over and Crater was able to pull away with a 51-43 victory.
“I thought the effort was there,” head coach Casey Arstein said. “We had our chances ... we just couldn’t hit a shot.”
After the first quarter, Hermiston found itself in a 19-9 hole but then clawed its way out with 19 points in the second.
The Bulldogs (12-12) needed shots along the perimeter, which had never been a problem until Friday night. Reliable long-distance shooter Cesar Ortiz knocked down just three 3-pointers, two of which were in the high scoring second quarter.
Ryne Andreason, who has also been known for knocking down three’s, didn’t hit a single shot from outside but still led the team with 10 points.
For the Comets, Mason Vranes led with 19 points.
SILVERTON 40, HERMISTON 24 — Hermiston girls were ousted from the state tournament after a Round 1 loss to Silverton on the road. The 40-24 defeat ended the Bulldogs’ season.
Hermiston managed to stay within reach of the Foxes (20-5), and trailed just 15-14 after the first half. But shooting was sparse in the third and fourth quarters, as the Bulldogs (12-14) were held to only 10 points while Silverton knocked down 25.