For 11 minutes Friday night, Hermiston hung with the best team in the Mid-Columbia Conference.

But once Richland got into the swing of things, the Bulldogs found themselves in a whole heap of trouble as the Bombers rolled to an 86-59 victory at the Dawg House.

“They are good,” Hermiston coach Casey Arstein said. “We didn’t help ourselves out with our shot selection, and I’m a little disappointed in our effort on the boards. We have to play better.”

Cole Northrop scored a game-high 25 points for the Bombers, who improved to 7-0 in league play and 9-2 overall.

“They played exactly how we thought they would,” Richland coach Earl Streufert said of the Bulldogs. “They had the intensity in the first quarter. We struggled defensively to start, but the end of the first and start of the second, we played tough.”

The Bulldogs came out and took control in the first quarter as Jordan Ramirez scored nine of his 13 points to give the Bulldogs a 19-15 lead.

Hermiston led 14-4 with 3:50 left in the first, but five points from Northrop helped close the gap.

With 41 seconds to play in the quarter, Northrop scored again to make it 16-13, but Cesar Ortiz drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing for a 19-13 lead.

Ryan Kriskovich scored with two seconds left for a four-point ball game.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 21-15 with a bucket by Ryne Andreason to open the second quarter, but those would be the only points Hermiston would scored until Ortiz hit a shot with 39 seconds left.

In the middle, the Bombers went on a scoring spree. Northrop had 10 points and Garrett Streufert four, as the Bombers took a 35-23 lead at the half.

“I thought we dug in in the second and things got better offensively,” coach Streufert said.

The Bulldogs (8-2, 4-2) fared no better in the third quarter, where the Bombers went on a 31-16 run, fueled by 13 points from Dhaunye Guice, including three 3-pointers.

“You have to be able to withstand Richland’s runs,” Arstein said. “When they went on those two runs, we couldn’t match them. The second quarter killed us, and giving up 31 in the third. You are not going to beat teams in this league giving up 86 points.”

The teams played an even fourth quarter, but it was too late for the Bulldogs.

Ortiz also had 13 points for Hermiston, while Andreason and Adrian Mendez each added 10.


After a hot start to the season, the Hermiston Bulldogs have cooled off.

Winners of seven on a row to open their first season in the Mid-Columbia Conference, the Bulldogs have dropped three conference games in a row, the latest being a 67-51 road loss Saturday to Kamiakin.

“I don’t think we were ready to play,” Hermiston coach Casey Arstein said. “I thought they didn’t play with any energy. I was disappointed in our attitude. It was an ugly game to coach and an ugly game to watch.”

Steven Westermeyer had 19 points, and Messiah Jones added 17 to lead the Braves, who improved to 4-3 in MCC play.

“We had good flow, shared the ball and played to our strengths,” Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said. “We were able to make some outside shots and have balance in our offense. Trey (Arland) and Steve made some jumps shots that opened things up for us.”

The Bulldogs (8-3 overall, 4-3 MCC) were a bit undersized compared to the Braves, who averaged 6-foot-4 among their starting five, but they were able to match Kamiakin point for point in the first quarter.

Ryne Andreason scored seven of his team-high 19 points in the first as the teams were tied at 13.

Andreason poured in nine points in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs would trail 32-30 at the half as Jones and Westermeyer each had six points to pace the Braves.

“I thought (Andreason) was really good in the first half,” Meneely said. “We moved Messiah to him, and tweaked some things to make it harder on him. They are a really good team. Casey does a good job of getting them to play to their strengths. It will be a battle the next time we play.”

The Braves used two separate six-point runs in the third quarter, and got a big 3-pointer from Arland at the buzzer to take a 53-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Arland finished with 12 points.

Cesar Ortiz added 11 points, and Jordan Ramirez 10 for the Bulldogs, who will host Walla Walla on Tuesday.

“We have dug ourselves a hole,” Arstein said. “We can either dig ourselves out or get buried.”

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