Horizon stays perfect in WVL play with 57-27 victory

DAYTON — A big game on offense.

Maybe even a bigger game on defense.

It all added up to a really big win for the Horizon Christian boys basketball team.

In a rematch of the past three Class 3A state championship games, and with first place in the West Valley League standings at stake, the Hawks ran to a 57-27 win over Dayton in a league showdown played Monday at Dayton High School.

With the win, Horizon Christian, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 3A coaches poll, improved to 5-0 in WVL play, putting the Hawks alone atop the league standings, and to 12-1 on the season.

Defending state champion Dayton, ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll, dropped to 4-1 in league games and to 8-5 on the season.

Defense seemed to be a big factor for Horizon in the win at Dayton. The Hawks jumped out to a 34-5 halftime lead, allowing the Pirates to make just one shot from the field in the first 16 minutes.

For the game, Dayton made just 10 of 36 shots from the field. Horizon, on the other hand, made 19 of 39 shots, including nine of 15 attempts from three-point range.

Senior Michael Loomis, who returned to action after missing the Hawks’ previous two games with a foot injury, led the way in the victory with 26 shots. He made eight of 14 shots from the field, including four three-pointers, while also pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Trent Pihas added 11 points, two assists and two steals. Senior Calvin Anderson had five points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Nathan Bernards led Dayton with eight points.

Prior to the win at Dayton, the Hawks posted a 50-25 win over Colton in a league game played Jan. 9 at Colton High School.

Senior Zack Selland led a balanced Horizon Christian scoring attack in the victory with 14 points. He also had nine rebound and three assists.

Anderson had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Parker Belan added 12 points and five rebounds.

Horizon was scheduled to host Westside Christian in another key West Valley League game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Hawks will be back in action Friday when they travel to Willamina for a league tilt starting at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Horizon Christian will host Gervais in a 7:30 p.m. league contest.

The Horizon Christian girls team fell 51-13 at Dayton on Monday to move to 0-5 in league contests and to 0-10 on the season.

The Horizon girls were slated to play Westside Christian on Wednesday. They’ll be home Tuesday to play Gervais at 5:30 p.m.

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