As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017
MABTON The Prosser boys basketball team rolled over the competition Saturday during the annual Mabton Jamboree as the host Vikings dropped two games.
The jamboree featured hoops teams from Mabton, White Swan, Prosser and Yakama Tribal.
Prosser came out hot, taking an 18-15 win over the Yakama Tribal Eagles then blowing out the White Swan Cougars, 34-10.
Meanwhile, the Mabton Vikings fell, 21-7, to the White Swan Cougars, then 23-12 to the Yakama Tribal Eagles.
The Mustangs were led by 5-foot-10 Teegan Cox, the team’s only returning starter.
Cox posted 11 points against White Swan and 4 against Yakama Tribal.
Other top performers for the Mustangs included senior Andre Van Guardia and junior Will Weinmann.
Van Guardia scored 7 points against White Swan and 1 against Yakama Tribal. Teammate Weinmann had 5 points in each game.
Other scorers for Prosser include seniors Chase Courtney and Israel Olivarez; sophomores Calvin Maljaars, Liiroy Rivera and Garrett Wheeler; and freshman Haden Hicks.
Courtney had 4 points against Yakama Tribal and 2 against White Swan.
Wheeler and Hicks each had 3 points against White Swan, while Rivera and Chase each had 2. Maljaars posted 1.
Hicks also added 2 against White Swan and Olivarez had 2.
Despite dropping two games, Mabton coach Kerry L. Griffin said he is “very encouraged by what I’ve seen from my guys.”
Griffin said his team just wasn’t aggressive enough, chalking that up to a lack of experience.
“We have a really young group this year due to many early season injuries,” he said.
Looking back at the Jamboree, Griffin credited several players for outstanding effort, including scorers Adrian Enriquez, Jose Morales, Alexias Espinoza and Eddie Hilario.
He also credited Luis Amezcua for his 5 rebounds in the game against White Swan and Jorge Espinoza who had 6 rebounds against Yakama Tribal.
The team was led by Jose Morales, who scored 2 points against White Swan and 6 against Yakama Tribal.
Jorge Espinoza had 4 points on the day, all in the Yakama Tribal game. And Hilario had 4 total, with 2 coming in each game.
Alexis Espinoza scored 2 and Enriquez 1 against White swan.
The jamboree was a good tune-up as the Vikings begin their season this week.
“We start our season Friday night in Warden, Saturday in Goldendale,” he said, adding they then head to Benton City to play Kiona-Benton next Tuesday night.
“Early games on the road will be a great early season test for our young guys,” Griffin said.