SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team couldn't find an answer for host Shadle Park's defense last night and the result was a season-ending 57-40 loss.
Tuesday's loser-out District playoff game saw the Highlanders force 25 Grizzly turnovers in a contest that went Shadle Park's way from the get-go.
Compounding Sunnyside's woes last night is that it was without the services of leading scorer Trey Serl, who rolled his ankle in last week's regular season finale.
The hosts led 14-9 after one quarter and 26-17 at the half before gradually pulling away in the second half. Shadle Park closed the door for good in the fourth frame with a 17-10 run.
Aside from turnover struggles, Sunnyside played the Highlanders close in many areas of the contest.
The two squads had nearly the same success in shooting the ball, with the Grizzlies canning 42 percent of their attempts and Shadle Park 41 percent.
Eduardo Salmeron led a balanced Grizzly scoring attack with 12 points to go with two steals and three assists. He was followed by teammates Greg Spini and Cody Fernandez with 10 and 9 points, respectively.
There were likewise competitive numbers in rebounding, with Sunnyside out-boarding Shadle Park just 22-to-18.
Spini paced Sunnyside in the paint with seven rebounds and Grizzly Eric Amaro climbed the ladder for six caroms.
The loss ended Sunnyside's season at 8-13.