Horizon Christian jumped out to a 44-19 halftime lead, and Sherman cut the deficit down to 16 points with five minutes and 59 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks finished on a 19-4 run to pull out the 76-46 victory Tuesday in Big Sky boy’s hoops action in Hood River.
With 7:30 left in the final quarter and Sherman down 58-35, Jailin Conboy sank a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Husky rally.
Brian Simantel added a basket, and then Riley Brown hit a hoop and fouled to draw Sherman to within a 58-42 with 5:59 remaining.
Brown misfired on the free throw, and from that point on, the Huskies managed one field goal (a basket by Shaun Casper with seven seconds left) and two free throws (Brown), while committing six turnovers the rest of the way.
Brown led the Huskies with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Conboy tacked on 12 of his own on 5-for-10 shooting.
Simantel reeled off nine points and six boards, and teammate Austin Kaseberg added nine points and five rebounds for the Huskies, who shot 17 of 39 from the floor and made good on 9-for-23 from the line.
Horizon had that look in their eyes in the opening quarter using a 6-for-11 rate to go ahead, 20-11.
The run continued in the second frame with a 9 of 13 shooting effort to fuel a 24-8 rally to go out in front by 25 points at the half.
In the third quarter, Sherman shot 5 of 7 and worked a 16-9 split to creep to within 53-35.
For the Hawks, Jared Davis scored 26 points on 10 of 20 from the field, as Horizon finished the night by hitting 26 of 54 shots.
Matt Totaro added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Mason Bloomster kicked in a 13-point effort for the defending champions, who outrebounded Sherman 36-26 and forced 33 Husky turnovers.
Sherman (9-5 overall, 3-1 league) hosts Central Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Huskies visit Maupin to take on the No. 9 Redsides (11-2, 4-0).