Hornet boys race past Columbia

Brent Baker/staff photo
Dustin Nigg fakes Columbia’s Dustin Wyborney into the air in the second half of the Hornets’ victory on Saturday.

OROVILLE – In a season of learning for the Oroville boys basketball team, progress won’t always be measured in terms of wins.

Happily for the Hornets, an effective fast break offense and improved shooting brought home a tangible sign of their progress to the tune of an 80-39 victory over Columbia (Hunters) on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The Hornets were off and running from the opening tip, scoring the game’s first 11 points and leading 28-14 after a first quarter in which the two teams combined for seven 3-pointers.

Oroville kept up the pressure by continuously beating the Lions’ defense to the bucket on the fast break.

The Hornets led 46-23 at the half, surpassed their season high for points in a game midway through the third quarter and added to their lead to the finish.

Connor Hughes scored a game-high 25 points, plus started at last a half of the Hornets’ fast breaks with rebounds and quick outlet passes.

All seven Hornets who played scored, with Dustin Nigg putting up 14 points, Jose Sarmiento adding 13, Gil Ildelfonso chipping in with 11, Connelly Quick and Chase Nigg furnishing seven and recent call-up Juan Lopez scoring three.

The Hornets (2-5) close out their pre-Christmas schedule with a non-league game at Entiat on Friday, Dec. 21.


About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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One Response to Hornet boys race past Columbia

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    Congratulations to Hornet boys for winning over the Columbia. This an excellent game. Both the teams played very well…….

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