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Viking machine keeps rolling

MABTON - Four games, four wins.

The Mabton High School boys basketball team continued one of its best starts in recent memory with a win this past Saturday at home against 1A Wahluke.

The Warriors are the second consecutive 1A school that Mabton, a 'B' school, has beaten this season.

The Vikings posted a solid 57-42 victory over Wahluke.

"We came out pretty strong," said Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood.

Strong indeed, as the Vikings outscored Wahluke 19-8 in the first quarter.

Ryan Harris served as the catalyst for the Vikings in the first quarter, scoring six points. Ledgerwood said Mabton was able to effectively break Wahluke's press and dish the ball to Harris underneath the basket.

The key for Mabton against Wahluke's press defense was patience, said Ledgerwood. The Mabton coach said his players never panicked against the press of the Warriors.

After the dismal first quarter, Wahluke played pretty well for the rest of the game, said Ledgerwood.

The Warriors won the second quarter 11-10 to cut Mabton's lead to 29-19 at the end of the first half.

The Vikings outscored Wahluke 13-11 in the third quarter and 15-12 in the final period.

Wahluke was led by Martin Ramirez, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the middle two quarters for the Warriors.

The second half started off well for the Vikings. Andy Rodriguez scored the first seven points of the third quarter for Mabton.

"He was really aggressive," said Ledgerwood. "That really got us going."

The Vikings, though, went stone cold to start off the fourth quarter. The Warriors opened the final period with a 10-0 run before Ledgerwood called a timeout with 5:30 left.

"We were out of control," said Ledgerwood. "We were trying to do too much."

The Warriors wouldn't score again after the timeout.

Ledgerwood said Alex Zavala, who was seeing limited playing time on Saturday because of a knee injury, got Mabton back on track, scoring six of his 11 points in the final quarter.

"His energy really helped us out," said Ledgerwood.

Mabton posted impressive numbers for the game. The Vikes outrebounded Wahluke 28 to 18. Mabton shot 24-for-46 from the field and 7-for-13 from the 3-point line.

"I was happy with the way we played," said Ledgerwood.

Ledgerwood said the only problem he had with the game and others this season is that he would like to see Mabton be able to finish off teams, instead of allowing them back into a game.

"I would like to see us put some teams away better," said Ledgerwood.

Mabton (0-0, 4-0) travels to Moses Lake Tuesday night for another turn at Moses Lake Christian Academy.

"It should be another good game," said Ledgerwood.

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Wahluke 8 11 11 12 42

Mabton 19 10 13 15

Scoring: Mabton-A.J. Valencia 15 (3-for-6 3-pointers), Andy Rodriguez 13, Alex Zavala 11, Ryan Harris 6, Pedro Huecias 4, Ruben Mejia 3, Eric Tellez 3, Pablo Sanchez 2.

Wahluke- Martin Ramirez 15.

Rebounds: Andy Rodriguez 9, Ryan Harris 5, Pedro Huecias 5, Eric Tellez 5.

Assists: Andy Rodriguez 5, Ruben Mejia 5, Pedro Huecias 4.

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