Hillsboro-Central Valley’s basketball team jumped back above .500 on the season with back-to-back wins the past week.

Sam Preston layup

Hillsboro-Central Valley senior Sam Preston reaches for a layup against Larimore Tuesday at the Hillsboro Events Center.

After downing rival Thompson in a 45-40 nail-biter Jan. 8, the Burros rolled to a 77-20 victory over Larimore Tuesday at the Hillsboro Events Center.

With the wins, the Burros moved to 4-3 overall despite a slow start against the Tommies last Thursday.

H-CV head coach Elliot Rotvold pulled all five starters after the team fell into a 9-0 hole to start the game that featured 31 turnovers.

“The first five just didn’t get off to a good start,” Rotvold said. “The other guys came in, gave us some energy, and that’s why our depth is good.”

Sophomore forward Peter Dryburgh answered the coach’s call with a layup followed by a right-wing 3-pointer to cut into Thompson’s lead.

His play sparked the Burros’ defense, which held the Tommies scoreless for the next five minutes.

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