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Hawks pull away in tourney opener

Horizon gets a 46-32 win over OES in the quarterfinals


by: DAN BROOD - JUMPER -- Horizon Christian senior Michael Loomis shoots over OES' Galen Pham in a quarterfinal game at the Class 3A state tournament.NORTH BEND — Michael Loomis was a bit upset.

And he wasn’t about to stop shooting.

That turned out to be a good thing for the Horizon Christian High School boys basketball team — and bad news for Oregon Episcopal School.

The Hawks, with Loomis leading the way, broke open a close game and pulled away in the third quarter on their way to getting a 46-32 win over the Aardvarks in a Class 3A state tournament quarterfinal game played last Thursday at North Bend High School.

“I wasn’t doing the best job in the first half, and I got made at myself,” Loomis, a senior forward, said after the game. “I just kept shooting — that’s my motto. I kept my confidence and got some open looks.”

Oregon Episcopal School, the No. 4 team out of the Lewis & Clark League, moved to 19-8 on the season with the setback. Horizon Christian, the West Valley League champion, improved to 24-2 on the season with the quarterfinal victory.

“It felt great,” said Horizon Christian junior guard Connor Marleau, who replaced an injured Zack Selland in the Hawks’ starting lineup. “I wanted to do the best I could to help the team any way I can.”

Marleau helped a lot in the early going of the quarterfinal contest.

by: DAN BROOD - CONNOR CUTTING -- Horizon Christian junior Connor Marleau looks to cut to the basket during the Hawks' state tournament quarterfinal game with Oregon Episcopal School. Horizon got a 46-32 win. He scored the Hawks’ first five points of the game. He sank a 17-foot jumper to start the contest. Soon after he went 2-for-2 from the foul line and he added another free throw after that, helping Horizon take a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“Connor was our MVP at the start,” Loomis said. “His confidence went up.”

But the Hawks struggled in the second quarter. They scored only five points in the period on 2-for-10 shooting. Meanwhile, OES, getting six points in the quarter from junior Ryan Harms, came back to trim the Hawks’ lead to 19-16 at halftime.

“We were having an off shooting night. That’s unusual for us,” Horizon Christian coach Dave Brown said.

But it was a fired-up Hawks squad that took the floor in the third quarter.

“Michael lifted us,” Marleau said. “He pumped us up in the locker room at halftime and got us going.”

Loomis then took over on the court.

In the third quarter alone, Loomis sank three three-point baskets and scored 13 points while also pulling down six rebounds.

“Michael was determined,” Brown said.

Horizon senior Calvin Anderson added a basket and three rebounds in the period, helping Horizon take a 34-20 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Aardvarks trimmed the lead to 36-27 following a three-pointer by junior Hiawatha Davis coming with 5 minutes and 39 seconds left in the game.

But the Hawks, getting free throws by Loomis, Anderson and junior Parker Belan, as well as a follow-up basket by Anderson, upped the lead to 42-30 with 1:39 remaining.

Loomis then scored three points in the final 1:02 of the contest to cap off the 46-32 victory.

“We’re happy,” Loomis said. “ A win is a win, and this was a big one for us.”

The Hawks shined on defense in the victory, limiting OES to just 14 field goals in the contest.

“We got back to playing Hawk defense in the second half,” Loomis said. “We just needed to tighten up.”

“It’s great,” Marleau said of the defensive effort. “We wanted to show the other teams that we’re here for a reason. This is a big win for us and it sets the pace for the rest of the tournament.”

Loomis led all scorers in the contest with 24 points, 19 coming in the second half. He also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Anderson had nine points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Marleau scored seven points. Sophomore guard Trent Pihas had two assists and a pair of steals.

Harms led the way for OES with 10 points and 13 rebounds.




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