Despite a couple of strong starts, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys hoop team couldn’t sustain the momentum in a pair of CBBN losses last Friday and Saturday.
At Eastmont on Friday, the Grizzlies lost 63-49. However, it was a tighter game than the final score would indicate with Sunnyside giving the Wildcats all they could handle in the first half.
Friday’s score was tied at 13-all in the first quarter, and Eastmont clung to a 29-26 edge at the half.
“We came out intense and aggressive and made a real game of it through the first half,” said Sunnyside Coach Geoff LaBrant. “We had some guys get into foul trouble early on, but we were able to keep it close.”
That foul trouble and some miscues in the third quarter, though, helped lead to a 20-9 Eastmont run that all but put the game away.
“We rushed shots that weren’t falling, and that contributed to a low offensive third quarter that allowed Eastmont to run up a lead,” said LaBrant.
Joel Ortega paced Sunnyside on Friday with 11 points, while teammate Isaiah Fernandez added 9 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Estevan Salmeron also tallied 9 points for the Grizzlies.
At Davis on Saturday, Sunnyside again started strong before eventually falling to the Pirates, 68-65.
The Grizzlies led 15-9 after one quarter, only to see the Pirates rally with a 22-14 second-quarter run to grab a 31-29 advantage at the half.
The see-saw affair continued in the third frame with Sunnyside grabbing a one-point lead, up 47-46, heading into the final eight minutes.
LaBrant praised the play of Palacios during the third quarter run that put Sunnyside in the lead.
The advantage didn’t hold up in the fourth frame, though, as Davis escaped its home gym with the CBBN victory.
“We played more composed offensively and played aggressively on defense,” LaBrant said of his team’s effort on Saturday. “Our post players did a good job defensively stopping Davis’ bigs.”
Fernandez paced Sunnyside on Friday with 24 points and five rebounds. Palacios also had a strong game for the Grizzlies with 16 points and four assists.
Ryan Pike led Sunnyside in the paint Friday with eight rebounds to go with 4 points.
Sunnyside (1-9) returns to action this coming Friday at Wenatchee.