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Hot Winters leads Horizon to win

The Horizon Christian basketball team earned its second win of the new year Friday with a 60-37 dismantling of Damascus Christian.

Point guard John Winters caught fire in the fourth quarter and scored 13 of his game-high 21 points to lead the Hawks, whose balanced scoring effort produced 30 points in each half.

Leading scorer Sheldon Diers reached double figures once again with 10 points, all in the first half. Brian Stenberg and Torsen Rich-Wimmer each scored nine, while Kenny Kincaid notched seven (despite shooting 1-6 from the line), and John Larson four.

Coach Ron Haynes said Friday’s win was a complete team effort, but that the Hawks did most of their damage with a relentless full-court press, spearheaded by Winters and Stenberg.

Damascus scored the first two points of the game, but became overwhelmed by the pressure and turned the ball — and the game — over to Horizon, which scored the next 18 points and went on to lead 30-12 at halftime.

“Damascus had a terrible time over a two-minute stretch of getting the ball over the 10-second line,” Haynes said. “Even though we only had six players, we took a gamble on the press.”

Horizon extended its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Damascus 11-6, and put up 19 in the final frame to put away the Eagles.

No Damascus player scored in double figures and the Hawks thoroughly outplayed them until the fourth quarter. Horizon played South Wasco Monday, but results were not available at press time.

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