The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team had opportunities in the final minute to tie, but in the end fell 55-53 to visiting Moses Lake this past Friday night.
Though the final minutes were anybody's game, the contest started out all Moses Lake's as the Chiefs rolled to a 14-5 first quarter lead. Sunnyside was just 2-of-14 from the field in the opening quarter, while Moses Lake was 5-of-11.
The Grizzlies trailed 28-17 at the half and were still down by double figures, 46-32, heading into the final stanza.
But that's when Sunnyside made up for lost time with a 21-9 rally that very nearly sent the game into overtime.
"We played some pretty good half-court defense at times, forced some turnovers and made a pretty good charge in the fourth quarter," said Sunnyside Coach Ron Rowe. Sunnyside held Moses Lake to just one field goal in the fourth quarter while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field during the quarter.
But it wasn't enough, as Moses Lake managed to can just enough free throws down the stretch to keep Sunnyside at bay. That included making 2-of-4 charity attempts in the final minutes for the final margin of victory.
"We had two possessions in the final minute and weren't able to convert," Rowe said of Sunnyside's attempts to knot the contest. The Grizzlies had a third chance, a last-gasp half-court toss in the game's last moment.
Sunnyside, 2-2, was led by Israel Manzo with 19 points, followed by Trey Serl with 14 points. Andrew Daley had seven points for the Grizzlies, five of them in that fourth quarter charge.
Daley led Sunnyside in the paint with eight rebounds. Jessie Leija hauled down five boards to with with five points and a team-high four assists.
For the game, Sunnyside connected on 18-of-55 attempts from the field, while Moses Lake was 18-of-42.
The Chiefs held a 34-30 rebounding edge and were 13-24 from the free throw line compared to Sunnyside at 12-16 from the charity stripe.
Sunnyside was also scheduled to host Davis on Saturday, but the contest was postponed due to bad weather.
The Grizzlies return to action this Friday at home against Southridge.