Senior guard Cam Hueckman hits a 3-pointer to help Burns to a win over Vale. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
By Randy Parks
The Burns boys varsity basketball team opened up Eastern Oregon League (EOL) play with a convincing 77-48 home win over Vale on Friday, Jan. 11.
The Hilanders weren’t as fortunate the following day, as they traveled to Boardman to take on Riverside in EOL action and lost 59-31.
Burns never trailed in their win over Vale, getting out to a quick 6-0 start and leading 19-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Cam Hueckman buried a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, putting the Hilanders up by four, and then with the score 26-21, Burns closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run.
Burns opened up the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers by Austin Martin and Austin Feist, and never looked back as they opened up a 60-34 lead headed into the final perriod.
With more than five minutes left in the game, Burns had most of the starters on the bench, as they cruised to the win.
Feist led all scorers with 25 points, Martin added 14 and Jeff Garner 10.
Austin Lattin led the Vikings with 11 points.
1 2 3 4 Final
Val 18 3 13 14 48
Bur 19 16 25 17 77
Burns won the JV game 49-42.
Burns and Riverside were tied at 11-11 at the end off the first quarter, but the Pirates took command of the game in the second period, outscoring the Hilanders 17-8.
Riverside kept things rolling after halftime, extending their lead to 45-24 by the end of the third, and closing out the game on a 14-7 run.
1 2 3 4 Final
Bur 11 8 5 7 31
Riv 11 17 17 14 59
The Hilanders continue EOL play on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they host Umatilla.