Highlander boys basketball team keeps it rolling with fifth straight win

After dropping their first game of the season in late December, the Hazen boys basketball team has now reeled off five consecutive wins to raise their record to 12-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Seamount League to earn a place at the top of the standings.

On Wednesday, the Highlanders had little trouble with Evergreen, going into Evergreen High School and beating the Wolverines 66-29.

Dominic Green led the way for the Highlanders, racking up 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Andy Jolly added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, while Isaiah Davis had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Connor O'Hearn added 12 points and 4 steals of his own.

Coach Ryan Thompson said in an email that his team played well and put in a much better defensive effort than they had in the previous game, a 68-57 win over Foster on Jan. 13 that saw Hazen turn the ball over 25 times, a season-high.

Thompson said Green had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists against Foster, but it was Davis, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, that "brought a lot of energy we were lacking" to spur on the Highlanders.

On Jan. 10, the Highlanders welcomed Kennedy Catholic to Hazen High School, crushing the Lancers 84-52. Thompson said his team "played as good as we have ever played in my time here" and credited the "great home crowd" with helping the team get out to a 3012 lead in the first quarter alone. Green had a career-high 31 points against Kennedy, going 12-of-18 shooting on the night, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthony Phillips added 18 points and 16 rebounds of his own in the victory.

On Jan. 8, the Highlanders faced intradistrict rivals the Lindbergh Eagles at Lindbergh, taking the game 71-54. In his first game against Lindbergh, the school from which he transferred to Hazen this season, O'Hearn led the Highlanders to the win with 17 points, 8 assists, 2 steals and 3 rebounds on a 6-for-10 shooting day. Phillips added 18 points and 10 rebounds of his own in the win.

The Highlanders are scheduled to play Tyee Friday at Tyee.

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