SUNNYSIDE Three of seven Lower Yakima Valley boys basketball teams won their Friday games.
Sunnyside Christian won its non-league game over 2B DeSales, Granger defeated Highland and Bickleton edged Klickitat on Friday.
Losing Friday were Sunnyside, Prosser, Grandview and Mabton.
Saturday, the Knights and Greyhounds were the only teams to report victories.
The Knights defeated the Irish, 64-56, to maintain a No. 2 standing in the state’s Rating Percentage Index on Friday.
Saturday, they faced Klickitat and won, 69-35.
Cade Bosma scored 20 points and had 4 steals against the 2B Irish. Luke Wagenaar scored 17 points; Chance Marsh tallied 11 and Luke Dykstra scored 10, had 4 steals and 3 assists. Lane Marsh contributed 4 steals and 4 assists.
“It was exciting all the way through,” Knights coach Dean Wagenaar said.
The team was 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe in the fourth stanza, he noted.
Against Klickitat, Bosma and Chance Marsh each scored 14 points. Wagenaar scored a game high 16.
Dykstra had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.
Highland fell 16-55 to the Spartans — ranked No. 17 in the Rating Percentage Index — on Friday.
The following night, Granger did not play.
Joseph Soliz of the Spartans led with 10 points. Teammate Danny Nava scored 9.
The leading scorer for the Scotties with 6 points was Lincoln Hakala.
Further statistics were not provided by Granger coach Bruce Siebol.
Friday’s game against Klickitat was a barn-burner.
It came down to the final shot of the game. The game-winning lay-in was scored by Riley Brown on an assist by Joseph Cummings, leading to a 51-50 final.
Bickleton opened with an 11-5 first-quarter lead and outscored the Vandals 14-10 in the second for a 25-15 halftime lead.
Klickitat rallied to outscore the Pirates 20-12 in the third, and tried to hold onto the lead with a tally of 15 points in the final.
Bickleton had just 12 points until Brown’s game-winning 2-point basket.
He had a game high 28 points, while Klickitat’s leading scorer with 20 points was Easton Atchley.
Brown also had 10 rebounds for a double-double and he had 5 steals. Teammate C.J. Strader tallied 11 points and 8 rebounds; Cesareo Arriaga had 9 boards and Cummings provided 5 assists.
Saturday, the Pirates fell 56-52 to Lyle.
Strader scored a game high 17 points, Arriaga tallied 11 and Kyle Underwood scored 15. Arriaga also had 10 boards.
Lyle’s Niley Mills scored a team high 14 points.
Lyle outscored Bickleton 18-10 in the first; the Pirates drew within two (16-10) before the halftime whistle. The score at the half was 28-26.
Third-quarter shooting was identical to the second and Lyle came out on top, 18-10 in the final.
The Grizzlies lost 49-74 to Moses Lake on Friday and 88-91 to Eisenhower on Saturday.
Leading Sunnyside with 16 points Friday was Trey Sanchez. He scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds against the Cadets.
Derrick Escamilla scored 28 points against Eisenhower and Art Palacios scored 18. Palacios also scored 13 points Friday.
The Mustangs fell 58-70 to Selah on Friday, and 58-60 to Wapato on Saturday.
Scott Blakney was the team’s leading scorer both nights with 23 and 22 points, respectively. He also tallied 13 rebounds and 6 blocks against the Vikings.
Nate Brown scored 22 points against Selah, 13 against the Wolves. He had 5 rebounds Friday.
Also scoring double digits was Noah Flores with 12 points Friday.
Elijah Pepper led the Vikings with a game high 35 points, and Hunter Jacob led Wapato with 21.
“The kids did a good job, but 17 turnovers killed us,” Prosser coach Ryan Allen said after Friday’s game.
He said the game against the Wolves was highly contested. “They hit their foul shots; we didn’t,” he noted.
East Valley (Yakima) defeated the Greyhounds, 73-70, on Friday; Saturday, Grandview beat Quincy, 67-46.
Gunner Chronis was the leading scorer for the Greyhounds with 28 points against the Red Devils and 19 against the Jackrabbits.
Gabe Esqueda scored 17 points Friday and 10 Saturday. He had 10 rebounds for a double-double against East Valley (Yakima).
Andrew Gutierrez led the rebound effort with 12 against Quincy.
“Friday we fell behind early and although we put ourselves in place to win, we fell short down the stretch,” Grandview coach Frankie Medina said.
Against Quincy, he said the team did a better job at limiting turnovers.
“We had big second and third quarters,” he said.
The Greyhounds outscored the Jackrabbits 22-11, 16-11 in the two respective stanzas.
Vikings coach Kerry Griffin did not report scores and statistics.
The Vikings suffered a 52-82 loss to White Swan on Friday. Mabton lost its Saturday game 46-72 to Tri-City Prep.