By Christopher Halsey

Herald Sports Editor

HERMISTON — With a pair of home victories over the weekend, the Hermiston boys moved into second place in the Intermountain Conference race.

An overtime loss at home and a loss in Prineville are the only blemishes on Hermiston’s six game IMC record. They are 9-8 overall on the season, but have won seven of their last nine games.

Hermiston 73, Summit 32

Showing no effects of the emotional win over Redmond the night before, Hermiston coasted to a 73-32 win over Bend’s newest school.

Jared Zabransky was hot from the start, scoring 11 of Hermiston’s first 19 points as the Bulldogs bolted to a 21-2 start. He totaled 21 points in the contest, leading all players in scoring. Lance Malmberg and John Barnett each had 11 for the Bulldogs.

The Storm cut into the Hermiston lead, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-11 in the second quarter, but they could not match the Hermiston offense in the second half.

Hermiston outscored the visitors 20-6 in the third period, then they doubled the Storm output of eight in the fourth.

Hermiston 60, Redmond 40

A strong defensive effort by the entire team helped Hermiston defend its home court and score a key victory over the visiting Redmond Panthers.

“I couldn’t have been more happy with our team play,” Hermiston head coach Larry Andersen said.

He added that Hermiston played the best defense they have played all season.

Leading from beginning to end, Hermiston outscored Redmond in three of the four quarters played and were led by Zabransky’s 23 point effort.

(For the complete story and boxscores, see the Jan. 29 edition of the Hermiston Herald)

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