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Hawks soar to state tournament

Horizon beats Lakeview to get its sixth-straight tourney bid


TUALATIN — It’s become a tradition.

But it’s nothing that the Horizon Christian High School boys basketball team is taking for granted.

The Hawks certainly didn’t seem to take Lakeview for granted.

Horizon, playing hard from start to finish, powered their way past a hot-shooting Lakeview squad to get an 89-70 victory in a Class 3A state playoff game played Friday at Horizon Christian High School.by: DAN BROOD - ON TARGET -- Horizon Christian senior Calvin Anderson shoots a three-pointer over Lakeview's Lane Hadley. Anderson scored 32 points for the Hawks in their 89-70 victory.

With the playoff win, the Hawks advance to the Class 3A state tournament for the sixth straight year.

“It’s a legacy we have here, and that’s cool,” Horizon Christian senior wing Calvin Anderson said. “It means a lot to us to get back to the tournament again. It’s special.”

“Going back to the tournament means a lot to us,” said Horizon Christian senior Michael Loomis, who tied Anderson for scoring honors with 32 points. “It’s something we don’t take for granted. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m really going to enjoy it. It’s my last hurrah here, and I love these guys.”

“This is really nice,” Horizon Christian coach Dave Brown said. “This is our sixth straight year going to the tournament. I think we’re the only team that can say that.”

The Hawks certainly had to work hard to earn their sixth-straight tournament bid as they battled against a Lakeview team that had some talented outside shooters.

“They were hitting from Jimmer range,” Anderson said, referring to Brigham Young University standout Jimmer Fredette.

Horizon Christian got off to a flying start against the hot-shooting Honkers.

Loomis sank a three-pointer to start the game and Anderson followed with back-to-back baskets to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead just 1 minute and 30 seconds into the game.

After Lakeview got a pair of free throws by junior Logan Staub, Horizon answered back with a free throw by junior Parker Belan, a steal and layup by junior guard Trent Pihas and a three-point play by Loomis to push the margin to 13-2 with 4:15 left in the opening period.

Loomis scored five more points in the period and Pihas sank a late three-pointer to give Horizon Christian a 25-11 lead at the end of the quarter — and it looked like the Hawks were on their way.

But Lakeview wasn’t going to let the Hawks pull away. In fact, both teams lit up the nets, scoring 31 points apiece in the second quarter. The Honkers made 10 of 15 shots from the field in the period, including five three-point baskets. Seniors Trevor Callaghan and Reid Martin each had two of those three-pointers, with Martin scoring 10 points in the period.by: DAN BROOD - AT THE POINT -- Horizon Christian sophomore point guard Trent Pihas looks to move the ball up court during the playoff win over Lakeview.

Anderson and Loomis combined to score 26 of the Hawks’ 31 points in the period. Anderson scored 15 points in the quarter, making all three of his three-point attempts. Loomis added 11 points in the quarter, helping Horizon Christian keep a 14-point lead, at 56-42, at the break.

The Honkers got a little closer to start the third quarter, trimming the margin to 56-44 on a layup by senior Murphy Cockrell to start the period. But Horizon Christian took off again at that point.

Anderson hit a pull-up 12-foot jumper, Loomis followed with a 17-foot jumper and then Anderson came up with a steal and thunderous one-handed breakaway dunk to quickly up the lead to 62-44.

“Yeah, I was fired up tonight,” Anderson said with a smile.

The fired-up Anderson then scored on a baseline drive to make the score 64-44 with 4:31 left in the third quarter.

Lakeview got a basket by junior Logan Staub to end the Horizon run, but the Hawks quickly took off again. Belan had a follow-up basket and senior Zack Selland had back-to-back steals and layups top give Horizon a 70-46 advantage with 2:55 left in the quarter.

Pihas capped off the period with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Hawks a 78-54 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Loomis sank a pair of three-point baskets and scored eight points in the final stanza to help Horizon Christian wrap up the 89-70 playoff win.

“That was a workman-like performance,” Brown said. “We were on, on offense. Calvin played a great game, and so did Michael. Zack had some big plays, Parker did some good things and Trent hit some big shots.”

Loomis, a four-year starter at Horizon Christian, came up big for the Hawks in his final game on the Hawks’ home court. In the win, he had 32 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals.

“I’m emotional right now,” he said. “I’m reflecting on a lot of good times here. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it. It’s all been special.”

Anderson scored his 32 points on a 14-for-21 shooting night from the field. He also had seven rebounds and two steals.

“We came out and played with a whole lot of heart,” he said.

Pihas sank three three-pointers and scored 11 points. Belan had 11 rebounds and six points. Selland also had six points.

Horizon Christian, as a team, made 34 of 67 shots from the field and 11 of 16 free throws.

Horizon Christian upped its season record to 23-2 on the season with the win.

Junior Lane Hadley led the Honkers with 21 points. Callaghan sank six three-point baskets and scored 18 points. Lakeview finished its season with a final mark of 12-14.

Horizon Christian, which has played in the state championship game in each of the past five seasons, will open play at the Class 3A State Tournament today (Thursday) when it faces Oregon Episcopal School in a tourney quarterfinal game set to start at 1:30 p.m. at North Bend High School.

Oregon Episcopal School brings an overall record of 19-7 into the state tournament.

“That game is the first step,” Anderson said. “We’re going to take it one by one.”

“We want to go out with a bang,” Loomis said. “We’re going to take it game by game and get after it game by game. Across the board, this should be a good tournament.”

The Hawks may be a bit undermanned at the tournament, as Selland suffered a wrist injury in the win over Lakeview, leaving his status for the state tourney in doubt.



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