BURBANK – The Mabton Vikings basketball team trailed by double digits early and never recovered in a 64-33 loss at Columbia-Burbank last Saturday.
The Coyotes built an 18-11 lead after one quarter and led 28-18 at the half.
“Columbia came out of the gate running and never stopped,” said Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood. “They attacked us hard all night and executed their offense well.”
Though Mabton was within striking distance entering the third quarter, the Coyotes essentially sealed the win with a 23-6 surge.
“I felt we made some good adjustments in the second quarter, but came out in the third quarter extremely flat and they just kept attacking and blew us out,” Ledgerwood said.
Mabton’s chances for a win were further hampered by Columbia-Burbank’s dominance on the boards to the tune of a 44-to-21 rebounding advantage.
The host Coyotes also stymied Mabton with play on defense, forcing 27 turnovers while committing 15 miscues.
A bright spot for the Vikes was Roy Zavala with 10 points. In addition, Edgar Diaz gave Mabton a spark off the bench with 7 points, four rebounds and two steals. Isaiah Sanchez added 5 points for the Vikings.
Mabton (2-6) returns to league play this coming Friday at Zillah, then hosts Naches on Saturday.
Ledgerwood says the keys for his team to get back on the winning track are to improve on Saturday’s 32 percent shooting from the field and more consistent play on the defensive side of the court.
“We have to dig deep and find some toughness defensively and on the boards to make up for our offensive struggles,” he said.