Hermiston held an early 8-2 lead over the Blue Devils, but after a timeout, Wa-Hi went to work and showed no mercy in an 86-49 Mid-Columbia Conference home win Friday night.
“The first quarter was pretty competitive,” Hermiston coach Drew Preuninger said. “We came out and hit a couple of 3s.”
Sophomore Chase Elliott had 10 of his career-high 19 points in the first quarter for the Bulldogs.
The Blue Devils led 48-28 at the half, and 69-40 at the end of three quarters.
“There was a running clock there for a minute or so,” Preuninger said. “We were down by 40. We knew this would be a tough year. They have better players than us, and their inside presence killed us. We probably gave up 20 offensive rebounds.”
Trent Pitney added 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Michael Cornia led the Blue Devils with 23 points, while Dylan Ashbeck added 15.
KAMIAKIN 78, HERMISTON 29 — The Bulldogs fell to an eight-game skid as they dropped a Mid-Columbia Conference matchup against visiting Braves on Saturday night.
Chase Elliott was the only Hermiston player to score in double digits, finishing with 13 points on the night. The Bulldogs (2-10, 1-7 MCC) were held to just three points in the fourth quarter — a basket from Miguel Moreno and one point from the free-throw line by Elliott.