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Blue Devils throttle Horizon Christian, prep for top-ranked S. Wasco Co.

CONDON – The Condon Blue Devils boys team easily handled the Horizon Christian Hawks on Valentine’s Day in front of a large crowd in the Condon High School gymnasium.

In the opening game of the Big Sky District Tournament, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

The Blue Devils went on to win 71-51.

Utilizing the pick-and-roll on offense, the Blue Devils exploited weaknesses in the Hawks’ defense which led to high-percentage shots. When Hawks defenders collapsed to cover the pick-and-roll, shooters Gage Holm and Brody Geer knocked down open three-point shots.

The Blue Devils also got strong rebounding and transition play from senior Braden Carnine.

Eduardo Barrera served as floor-general and continued his hot-streak from behind the arc.

Barrera led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Gage Holm who had 19 and Braden Carnine with 16.

Condon’s Grady Greenwood looks to handoff to Eduardo Barrera as the Blue Devils take on the Horizon Christian Hawks on Monday in Condon. The Blue Devils won 71-51 and will play S. Wasco Co. on Wednesday. Live coverage will be provided by The Times-Journal. (Stephen Allen/Times-Journal)

Next, the Blue Devils will square off against the league’s top-ranked team – the South Wasco County Redsides on Wednesday at 6 PM in Maupin.

South Wasco Co. beat Condon 76-43 on January 15th but Condon looks to hang tough on Wednesday in Maupin.

Condon Head Coach Teren Humphrey says that the Blue Devils had some injuries in the first meeting with the Redsides and that the team got in early foul trouble.

“We are just going to focus on what we can control this time now that we have everyone back and healthy,” Coach Humphrey said.

The Redsides are undefeated in the 2021-22 season and are ranked 5th in the OSAA State 1A rankings (3rd in Colley Ranking).

The Times-Journal will be in Maupin and will provide live coverage of the game. Visit the Times-Journal Facebook page and website for live updates.

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