As of Wednesday, December 7, 2016
SUNNYSIDE The Sunnyside High School gymnasium provided coaches a chance to see what their teams are made of last night.
Grizzlies, Knights, Greyhounds and Wolves filled the hardwood during the boys basketball jamboree.
Three days after competing in a 1B state football semifinal the Knights switched gears to play two 20-minute games against Wapato and Grandview.
“They were definitely still in football mode,” varsity coach Dean Wagenaar said.
He said the Knights did well on the hustle, but need to get used to the speed of the game. They also need to brush up on their defense, he said.
“We needed to make a few more shots, too,” Wagenaar said.
The JV team was unable to score any points against 2A Wapato and scored five points against 2A Grandview.
The varsity picked up 19 points against the Greyhounds and 17 against the Wolves.
Cade Bosma was the leading scorer against Wapato. He sunk the ball for four shots inside the paint and a charity basket. Luke Dykstra dropped the ball in the basket twice — once inside the key and another time outside the 3-point arc. Scoring three points was Luke Wagenaar — a 2-point and a free throw shot.
Dykstra and Chance Marsh shared 12 points between them against Grandview. Dykstra had two 2-point shots and a couple of baskets from the charity stripe. Marsh hit two baskets from behind the trey mark.
Wagenaar scored five points; Bosma chipped in four points and Kyler Marsh scored three charity shots.
Sunnyside Christian, due to having a number of injuries from Saturday’s football game, will not compete Friday against Kiona-Benton. The team’s first regulation game will be at LaSalle on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Greyhounds varsity coach Frankie Medina did not provide comments and statistics as of press time.
The Grizzlies had some high points and some low points last night.
“Against Wapato, we saw them move the ball,” varsity coach Geoff LaBrant said.
He said the team spread its points and ran the floor, but got “sloppy” in the final stanza.
“I was pleased the scoring was spread — those not scoring were rebounding the ball,” LaBrant said.
The JV team scored 15 points against the Wolves, and the varsity picked up 16.
The leading scorers were Eric Palacios of the JV squad and Trey Sanchez of the varsity team, tallying seven points apiece.
Nathaniel Prescott of the JV and William Bowman of the varsity each dropped in three points.
“The younger guys got a taste of what it’s going to be like playing in the Big 9 when we played Grandview,” LaBrant said.
That’s because the game against the Greyhounds had a lot of intensity and was highly competitive. “I think a little bit of our rivalry played into it,” he said.
Grandview challenged the Grizzlies, giving Sunnyside the chance to learn. “We are learning to find opportunities to look for weaknesses and exploit them,” LaBrant said.
“We had some sloppiness in the fourth quarter,” he said.
Nic Ervin was the leading scorer against the Greyhounds. Playing for the JV, he scored 12 points during a 5-minute period. Eric Palacios tacked on another 11 points during the JV half.
On varsity, Bowman scored five points; Art Palacios and Gus Contreras Jr., scored three apiece; Derrick Escamilla, Taran Perez and Jack Wutzke scored two each.
Trey Sanchez was injured against Wapato and did not play the second game.