Hermiston was within six points of Southridge after the third quarter, but the Suns went on a 23-14 run the final quarter to seal a 67-52 Mid-Columbia Conference win Friday over the Bulldogs.
“Our game plan was to stop (Tristan) Smith,” Hermiston boys basketball coach Drew Preuninger said. “He had 13 points. We ran a guy to double him. He only had four points in the first half. I was proud of them for that.”
The Suns had a 20-15 lead after the first quarter, and led 28-24 at the half.
The third quarter once again was an issue for the Bulldogs, but they rallied to score 14 points.
“We started the third terrible,” Preuninger said. “I think they had an 8-0 run and we were down by 11. I called a time out, we battled back and scored some points.”
Trent Pitney had a career-high 19 points to lead the Bulldogs (2-13, 1-11 MCC), 10 in the second half.
“Offensively, Trent does some good things,” Preuninger said. “I put pressure on him to score. I’m proud of him for getting his career high.”
Chase Elliott added nine points, and AJ Ramos-Barron seven for the Bulldogs, who will host Chiawana at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Donavyn Perry led the Suns (5-11, 4-8 MCC) with 15 points, while Eddie Marines had14.
PASCO 74, HERMISTON 58 — The third quarter has haunted the Hermiston boys basketball team all season, and their Jan. 21 game was no exception.
The Bulldogs held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, and led 39-26 at the half. It was a 17-4 run in the third quarter by Pasco that turned the tide and led to a Mid-Columbia Conference win over Hermiston.
“Tonight was tough,” Preuninger said. “The group of kids who are still around, I’m proud of them and the way they played early on. Our energy went down toward the end of the first half and carried over into the second.”
Hermiston (2-11, 1-9 MCC) got a career-high 24 points from sophomore Chase Elliott, nine from Trent Pitney and eight from Ivan Rangel.
“Chase is our guy offensively,” Preuninger said. “With the couple of guys who have removed themselves from our team, we need somebody else to step up and score. For us to get some wins, AJ (Ramos-Barron) and Ivan need to score for us.”
Pasco’s Ethan Legard led all scorers with 36 points.