YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys basketball team was schooled last night in an 84-57 non-league loss at Davis High School.
The 3A Grizzlies are learning a fast-paced, up and down strategy on offense and defense and in 4A Davis they found an advanced task master.
"We need to learn some things from them because they are so quick and fast," Sunnyside Coach Steve Urrutia said of the Pirates. "They were in the top four of their league last year."
Davis showed why it will likely finish in the top half of the CBL's 4A division by forging a 26-13 first quarter lead and opening up a 46-23 advantage at the half.
"They were in control," Urrutia said. "The biggest thing is they had some incredibly good passes. We like the fast break, but they're a couple of notches above us."
Urrutia said his squad tried to reign in the fast tempo to compete with Davis.
"We tried to pull back into a half court, but we couldn't because of their ability to slice and dice with their offense," the coach observed.
The Pirates pretty much sealed the win in the third stanza, outscoring Sunnyside by a 24-14 margin to take control with a 70-37 lead.
Sunnyside (0-2) found a little consolation by winning the fourth quarter, 20-14, but it was far too little, too late.
"At that point, Davis had it in hand," Urrutia said. "But we did not give up and got a couple of quick buckets late in the game."
Sunnyside relies on a perimeter shooting game, which Urrutia said struggled against the quicker Pirates. "Sometimes we get stuck into thinking that all we can shoot is threes," he noted. "When that's not working we have to adjust."
Gibby Briones led Sunnyside with 13 points, while teammate Jessie Montelongo also tallied double figures with 10. The Grizzlies' James Baysinger helped the Sunnyside cause with 9 points, and teammates D.J. Palomarez and Justin Bos chipped in eight and six, respectively.
Bos led Sunnyside in rebounding with five boards, followed by Hunter Van De Graff, who climbed the ladder for four rebounds.
Urrutia said one of the things he learned about his team from the Davis game was the need to tighten down on the defensive rotations when pressing the other team.
"We kind of broke down and gave Davis some easy buckets," Urrutia said. "They're not a big team. They're every much the mirror of us, just a little quicker, and more athletic."
The Grizzlies will get a chance to apply what they learned last night when they play at Wenatchee this Friday.
"We're hoping we can take the weak points and improve and get ready for Friday," Urrutia said.