BAKER CITY, Ore. — There were two opportunities for the Imbler Panthers to turn the tide against Hosanna Christian in the opening round of the 1A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championship final site tournament.
Both times, Hosanna Christian was able to ride it out and get a 52-40 victory.
The win moves the Lions to the semifinals Friday against top-seed Horizon Christian (3 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend radio), which defeated Country Christian 53-42.
Imbler (19-4) will meet Country Christian in a loser-out, consolation semifinal on Thursday morning.
After an 11-11 first quarter, Hosanna Christian (23-3) held Imbler scoreless for over five minutes to build a 29-16 halftime lead. Kyler Kensler scored a late three-pointer, his second of back-to-back makes, to help Hosanna distance itself.
In the second half, 6-6 German exchange student Oliver Herting began taking over inside, finishing with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Tayler Cole also scored double digits with 11 points, starting for the suspended Garrett Martin.
Imbler was led by Casey Robertson’s 16 points, many in the third period when the Panthers outscored Hosanna Christian 16-8, before Hosanna won the fourth quarter 15-8.
Other Wednesday Scores
OSAA 1A Boys Basketball State Championship – Quarterfinals
Horizon Christian 53, Country Christian 42
Elkton 53, Crane 38
OSAA 1A Girls Basketball State Championship – Quarterfinals
Damascus Christian vs Triangle Lake – 1:30 p.m.
Hosanna Christian vs City Christian – 3:15 p.m. (960 the Sports Legend radio)
St. Paul vs McKenzie – 6:30 p.m.
Perrydale vs Condon-Wheeler – 8:15 p.m.
OSAA 2A Girls Basketball State Championship – Quarterfinals
Lost River vs Heppner – 1:30 p.m.
Union vs Oakland – 3:15 p.m.
Regis vs Pilot Rock – 6:30 p.m.
Enterprise vs Western Mennonite – 8:15 p.m.