Senior point guard Jessie Ramirez fired in 10 of his 12 points after intermission to help rally the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team to a 57-41 victory over the Prosser Mustangs last Friday night.
Ramirez, limited to two points in the first half, aided the Grizzlies greatly in pulling away from a 21-21 tie at intermission. Sunnyside outscored the Mustangs by a 35-20 margin in the last two quarters.
"Give Prosser credit," said Sunnyside Coach Steve Urrutia. "The first half they stayed with us.
"The second half we decided to play a full-court man-to-man defense. I think they (Prosser) got tired. We had more bodies than they did," Urrutia said.
Friday night's win over the last place 'Stangs, coupled with Saturday's 57-47 loss to second place Grandview, keeps the Grizzlies in sixth place in the Mid-Valley League standings. The top six clubs will advance to District tournament play in mid-February.
Besides Ramirez having a solid night for Sunnyside last Friday, with his 12 points and team leading four assists, the Grizzlies also received a top notch effort from 6'2" senior Kyle Van de Graaf.
"Kyle came up big for us earlier in the week at Hanford. He came up big again against Prosser," said Urrutia.
Van de Graaf, earning a starting spot Friday night, led the Grizzlies in scoring with a 14-point performance. Van de Graaf also shared team high rebounding honors with junior Pete Marquez, as both Grizzlies snagged nine boards. Sunnyside ended up outboarding the 'Stangs 43 to 28.
Marquez, like Van de Graaf, also put together an all-around good effort against Prosser. Along with the nine rebounds he claimed, Marquez popped in 7 points and came away with a club high six steals.
Sunnyside broke out to a six-point lead over Prosser by outscoring the Mustangs 19-13 in the third quarter. Ramirez and 6'6" junior Jake Thomas each canned six points that period. The Grizzlies salted the game away in the final quarter by outscoring Prosser 16-7. Coming through with four points apiece for Sunnyside in the fourth period were Ramirez, Marquez and 6'0" junior Cody Heckert.
Prosser's leading scorers were Iztas and Berk with 11 and 9 points, respectively.
One of the telling differences in Friday night's game was at the free throw line. Sunnyside doubled the Mustangs' output from the charity stripe, hitting 16-of-30 attempts to Prosser's 8-of-13 performance.
In looking ahead to this coming weekend, Sunnyside (3-5, 4-10) travels to Selah (4-3, 9-4) Friday night, then returns home Saturday to take on Hanford (3-4, 7-6).
. Bob Story,can be contacted at
(509) 837-4500, or e-mail him
Prosser 7 14 13 7 -41
Sunnyside 7 14 19 16 -57
2-pt. FG-Prosser 12/25, Sunnyside 17/40. 3-pt. FG-Prosser 3/13, Sunnyside 3/10. FT-Prosser 8/13, Sunnyside 16/30. Rbd.-Prosser 28, Sunnyside 43 (Van de Graaf 9, Marquez 9).
Prosser-Vulossio 2, R. Eucker 2, Concienne 0, Mire 2, Adams 4, Nichols 4, Berk 9, Iztas 11, S. Eucker 7.
Sunnyside-Sanchez 0, Ramirez 12, Cantu 1, Zamarron 6, Heckert 6, Van de Graaf 14, Schilperoort 2, Thomas 9, Marquez 7, Janjevic 0.