MABTON - Goldendale's tall Timberwolves were too much for the Mabton Viking boys basketball team last night, Tuesday, as the Vikes fell at home 63-48 in a non-league contest.
"We came out flat," Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood said. "They have two guys 6-4 and 6-5 in the post and it seemed like in the first quarter we backed down to them."
The result was a quick 13-4 lead for the visiting T-Wolves.
"We switched to a zone a couple of minutes into the first quarter and we finally got the good shots we needed," Ledgerwood said.
Mabton closed the gap to 19-12 at the end of the first quarter and stayed within striking distance at the half, down 39-27.
The Vikings hung tough in the third stanza and got to within nine points before Goldendale built its lead back up into double figures, 54-38, heading into the final quarter.
Ledgerwood said a key to his team at least staying in the game against Goldendale, one of the favorites in the SCAC West, was a patient offense. "If we would have put up quick shots it would have been over early," he said.
Josh Sanchez paced Mabton with 22 points and seven rebounds, followed by freshman Luis Ruiz with a career-high 18 points.
Another Viking freshman, Alex Espinoza, dished out four assists to go with six points.
Goldendale was led by Brady Conway with 23 points. One of the Timberwolves tall post players, Michael Falkner, recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Mabton (1-5) opens league play at Riverview this Friday, followed by a home game against Columbia-Burbank on Saturday.