SUNNYSIDE The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team, in spite of missing a few players with the flu, was one of four Lower Yakima Valley teams to win Friday’s games.
The Knights defeated visiting Trout Lake 85-31; Bickleton won its game against Klickitat/Glenwood 51-42; Granger beat Goldendale 82-52; and Prosser won 67-61 in overtime against Quincy.
Grandview suffered a 97-56 loss to Central Washington Athletic Conference’s No. 1 team, Selah; and Mabton suffered a 57-34 loss to DeSales.
The Knights had more than the victory to celebrate Friday.
Chance Marsh scored 15 points, the last point was the 1,000th for his career.
“I didn’t even know he was going to play,” Knights coach Dean Wagenaar said, noting Marsh was one of the players suffering the flu this week.
But, Marsh made it onto the court and will be recognized at Thursday’s home match-up against La Salle, along with teammate Luke Wagenaar. Wagenaar marked 1,000 career points against Lynden Christian during Winter Break.
He was one of the players unable to compete Friday.
The Knights were led by Cade Bosma, who scored 24 points.
Also scoring double digits with 13 points was Kyler Marsh. Lucas Dykstra and Lane Marsh each contributed 12 points to the tally. Lane Marsh also collected 5 rebounds and 5 steals.
Ross Faber led the team on the glass, hauling in 6 boards and providing 7 assists. He scored 4 points, and Brennan Rip tallied 5.
The Pirates, coming off a 3-game losing streak, battled through all four quarters Friday.
They led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter and maintained the lead with a 12-12 second quarter for a 28-21 halftime score.
In the third quarter, Bickleton outscored Klickitat/Glenwood 12-10.
Each of the teams scored 11 points in the final to give the Pirates the win.
Scoring a game high 37 points was Cesareo Arriaga of Bickleton. He collected a double double with 13 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks and 6 steals.
Dakota Riggs had 7 boards and 3 assists, Hunter Wentz had 3 assists and Cristian Arriaga scored 7 points and provided 3 assists.
The Grandview boys were able to hold Selah’s leading scorer, Elijah Pepper, to just 11 points.
But, the Greyhounds weren’t able to contain Calvin Herting, who scored 26 points.
Pepper didn’t step foot in the game until the second quarter.
His younger brother, Noah Pepper, chipped in 18 points and Zac Donato tallied 19.
The leading Greyhounds scorer was freshman Nicholas Gutierrez with 19 points.
Teammate Gabe Esqueda tallied 18 points and collected 6 rebounds.
Also scoring double digits was Reese Ramos with 10 points.
Teagan Cox led the Mustangs again with 23 points.
“Quincy played hard and shot really well down the stretch,” Prosser coach Toby Cox said.
The Jackrabbits fought the Mustangs, who led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Quincy outscored Prosser, 12-8 for a 22-20 halftime lead.
The Mustangs clambered to outscore the Jackrabbits 12-9 to retake the lead (32-31) in the third, and the two teams came to a 51-51 draw at the end of regulation to take the game into overtime.
Prosser pulled out the win, outscoring the visitors 16-10 in the extra period.
“We struggled scoring constantly and putting a good run together,” coach Cox said.
Also scoring double digits were Israel Olivarez and Haden Hicks with 14 points apiece, and teammate Chase Courtney with 10 points.
The Spartans were led by Trevor Smith’s 15 points against the Timberwolves.
Three others scored double digits. Keanu Cantu tallied 11, and Andre Castro and Adrian Soliz scored 10 apiece.
The Spartans gave themselves a 23-8 lead in the first quarter and outscored the Timberwolves 19-11 in the second stanza for a 42-19 halftime score.
In the third quarter, Granger kept the momentum going with a 22-13 scoring run. The Spartans capped it with an 18-10 fourth period.
The Vikings were led by DeSales from the onset, 10-7.
The Irish continued to lead with a 14-9 second stanza, 16-13 third and 17-5 fourth quarter.
Further stats were unavailable as of press time.