GRANGER The Spartans boys basketball team defeated Cle Elum-Roslyn 60-53 on Friday.
“The fourth quarter was huge for us,” Spartans coach David Morse said.
The defensive effort and free throw shooting were key to winning the game, he said.
Morse credits Jose Alvarez for his defense, rebounding and blocking in the final quarter. “He was outstanding.”
Alvarez had 12 rebounds and 6 blocks in the second half. He scored 5 points overall.
“Cle Elum played really hard, and we were lucky to pull off that breakthrough,” Morse said.
The Spartans were behind 19-27 at halftime. They scored 14 points in the third quarter and surged ahead with 28 points in the final.
The Warriors tallied 13 points in each of the last two quarters.
Keanu Cantu led the Spartans with 22 points, and Joseph Soliz scored 18. Soliz was 8-for-11 from the free throw line.
The Pirates hosted Trout Lake and suffered a 21-63 loss.
The Mustangs led 10-16 at the end of the first quarter and limited Cesareo Arriaga, Bickleton’s leading scorer this season, to just 4 points in that period.
Trout Lake kept the pressure against the Pirates and outscored the hosts 16-9 in the second stanza for a 26-15 halftime score.
The Pirates were unable to get the ball to drop in the basket, including the four free throw shots allotted Michael Gannon and Ethan Mains, in the third period.
The Mustangs scored another 21 points in the same period, and secured the win with a 16-6 scoring run in the final.
Arriaga was limited to 9 points throughout the game, and Dakota Riggs scored a team high 10 points.
Arriaga was quicker on the rebounds, hauling in 18 boards, while Riggs snatched the ball from the glass 4 times.
Scoring a game high 17 points for the Mustangs was Micah Colburn. Teammate Reece Painter added 15 to the final tally, Alexis Cortez scored 11 and the fourth member of the team to score double digits was Diego Cortez with 10.
The Mustangs and the Wildcats boys basketball teams battled in Friday’s game, but Toppenish came out on top, 75-57.
“We did play with more intensity than we have been,” Prosser coach Toby Cox said.
“Toppenish does a good job on rotating and jumping to the ball,” he said.
As a result, the Mustangs struggled at times with the pressure, Cox said.
“We still need more consistency on putting the ball in the basket,” he said.
Haden Hicks scored a team high 19 points, and Chase Courtney tallied 10.
The Grizzlies defeated the West Valley (Yakima) boys basketball team, 67-55.
The Grizzlies were in the hole by 10 points (37-27) at halftime, but dug themselves out with 40 points scored in the second half.
The defense held the Rams to just 9 points in each of the final two quarters.
Trey Sanchez scored a game high 23 points, while teammate Derrick Escamilla scored 21, and it was Gus Contreras and Izzy Zavala who collected rebounds, 10 each.
Spencer Bailey tied Sanchez’s game high of 23 points for the Rams.
The Knights commanded the game against Lyle/Wishram from the start, winning 88-46.
They had a 21-7 lead against the Cougars at the end of the first quarter, and let up the intensity in the second period (16-17) for a 37-24 halftime score.
In the third quarter, Sunnyside Christian poured another 25 points on the scoreboard, while the Cougars tallied 11.
The fourth stanza was nearly identical (26-11).
Leading the Knights with 21 points was Luke Wagenaar.
Five others scored in double digits. Chance marsh scored 13 points, Cade Bosma scored 12, and Lane Marsh, Lucas Dykstra and Kyler Marsh tallied 10 apiece.
Lyle-Wishram was led by Kurt Billettd and Riley Mills, who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.