As of Monday, December 18, 2017
SUNNYSIDE Both the Sunnyside and Sunnyside Christian boys basketball teams won their Friday games.
The Grizzlies defeated West Valley (Yakima), 67-63, in what was a closely contested game that ended in overtime.
The Knights’ final score of 96-40 over White Swan was reminiscent of their recent football scores.
Prosser also won its game, 65-39, against Quincy, and Granger suffered a 59-70 loss to Kiona-Benton.
The Grizzlies were outpaced in each of the first two quarters for a halftime score of 26-22 in favor of the visitors.
It took both teams quite a bit of time to get the first basket, and West Valley drew first blood with about 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter. After that, the teams traded back-and-forth before the Rams ended the quarter 12-9.
The Grizzlies opened the second half, holding the Rams to 7 points while adding 14 to their own score.
West Valley caught up and tied the game with 20 points while Sunnyside scored 15 in the fourth, forcing the teams into an extra period.
The Grizzlies prevailed, outscoring the Rams 14-10.
Trey Sanchez of the Grizzlies and Dallin Cluff of the Rams led their teams with 25 points apiece.
Art Palacios of the Grizzlies tallied 13 points, collected 8 rebounds, provided 7 assists and had 5 steals.
Derrick Escamilla contributed to the win with 10 boards, and Izzy Zavala drilled the basket for 14 points in the effort.
The Knights scored early and often against the Cougars.
The first quarter score was 33-9, and by halftime, the host Knights led by 40 points (62-22) to initiate a running clock in the second half.
In each of the next two quarters, Sunnyside Christian tallied 17 points, while White Swan scored 10 in the third and 8 in the final stanza.
Leading the Knights with 24 points and 5 rebounds was Kyler Marsh.
His brother, Chance Marsh, scored 21 points, hauled in 4 rebounds and had 3 steals.
There were 15 team steals, and the team was 14-for-16 from the charity stripe.
The Knights also outrebounded the Cougars, 39-19.
“We dictated the pace of the game and defended very well,” Knights coach Dean Wagenaar said.
The Greyhounds suffered as the Vikings scored 31, 30 and 29 points in the first three stanzas, while Grandview scored 16, 13 and 15.
The leading scorer for the Greyhounds was Gabe Esqueda with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Elijah Pepper tallied 29 points and 9 boards for the Vikings.