Christensen, Hardy power No. 3 Valley past Oakley; boys hoops roundup

HAZELTON, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) It was a battle for first place Friday night in the Snake River Conference.

Valley is undefeated in conference play, while Oakley boasts one loss, the pair finding out who's on top in the first half of the season.

Oakley's Juan Rodriguez is in his first year as head coach.

The Hornets got off to a quick 4-0 start in the game, that included this three pointer by Jayden Palmer. He led the team with 13 points.

Ben Christensen puts the Vikings on the board as he drives the baseline.

Next possession, Hornets' Gannon Critchfield pulls down the rebound, he passes to Chandler Jones who finds Max Alves in transition.

Hornets go up 6-2. But then Oakley gets sloppy and the Vikings find their groove, Christensen throws a cross court pass to Adam Elorrieta and finds Jason Hardy for the three bomb. Vikings on top by one.

More three point action as Christensen drains this, he had a game-high 17.

And Valley pulls away 57-37.

The Vikings are 5-0 in the Snake River Conference, they're 9-3 overall. Meanwhile, the Hornets are now 3-2 in conference play, 5-7 overall.

Next up, Gooding at home on Tuesday and for Oakley, the Hornets travel to Glenns Ferry on Thursday.


Buhl 46, Gooding 45: In the SCIC conference game, Shawn Pamplona led the Senators with 16 points in the loss.

Sugar-Salem 38, Filer 33

Wendell 50, Murtaugh 49: The Trojans earned their first win of the season and snaps a losing streak dating back to 2016 when the Trojans took third place at state (March 5, 2016).

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