PASCO, Washington —— Chance Flores sank a short lay-in with just nine seconds left on the clock to give his Hermiston Bulldogs a 60-59 victory on the road against Chiawana on Friday night.
Flores’ basket also marked the first time in the game that the Bulldogs (5-0) held a lead.
“It was a pretty sloppy game on our end, a lot of things to work on,” Hermiston coach Casey Arstein said, “but we’ll take a win on the road any day.”
Flores scored 20 points in the game, though none were bigger than his final two points. With Hermiston down 59-58 with 16 seconds left, the Bulldog defense forced a turnover and started a fastbreak down the floor. Flores caught the ball on the wing and drove toward the basket from the baseline and sneaked a shot in.
Also giving standout performances for Hermiston was Xavier Rambo, who played in his first game back from a concussion and scored nine points, and Hunter Walls with eight points. Walls was 2-2 from the 3-point line, 2-2 from the free throw line, and gave solid defense while playing a lot of minutes for Hermiston.
“(Hunter) started and gave his best all-around game of the year tonight,” Arstein said.
Hermiston next returns home for a non-league battle tonight with Kamiakin, a team that Arstein called “probably the best team in our area right now.” The boys game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. with the Bulldog-Braves girls varsity game preceding it at 5:45 p.m.
HHS 11 11 16 22 — 60
CHS 14 19 15 11 — 59
HERMISTON — C. Flores 20, A. James 11, X. Rambo 9, J. Ramirez 9, H. Walls 8, T. McCullough, A. Earl, C. Ortiz, P. Wicks, K. Moss.
CHIAWANA — M. Taylor 20, C. Kaelber 11, C. Bassett 10, S. Lopez 5, M. McMahon 2, A. Penny 1.
3-pointers — HHS 9, CHS 5. Free throws — HHS 11-17, CHS 18-20. Fouls — HHS 21, CHS 17.