Defense paves way for Okanogan

Pateros gathers up league opener

— The Okanogan High School boys basketball team wound the defensive pressure tighter and tighter the first three quarters against Colville before winning 71-36 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs led 29-9 at the half, then went on a 28-10 run in the third period.

“Defensively, we had a great first half,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. “We came out and played better offensively in the third quarter.”

Okanogan was 9-for-23 shooting free throws, an area where the team normally excels, the coach said.

The anticipated match up against Colville’s 6-9 post, Matt Hubbard, fizzled early. The senior appeared to reinjure a shoulder early in the game, going 0-2 on free throws before sitting.

Hubbard is signed to play for Santa Clara in California next year.

“They are the best defensive team we’ve faced so far,” Carlquist said. “They made us work for shots.”

Okanogan (4-0) is at Cascade (1-2) for a league game Friday.

Colville (36) – Martin 3, Artzis 3, Holling 8, Holling 10, Wolfrum 4, Tochinskiy 8, Hubbard 0, Shoemaker 0, O. Benson 0, Hinds 0, C. Benson 0.

Okanogan (71) – Perez 1, Cate 5, Rivas 28, Morris 8, Guerrette 3, Pruitt 2, Crowson 2, Townsend 15, Timentwa 2, Staggs 2, VanderWeide 3.

MOSES LAKE – Pateros opened its 1B league play with a resounding 65-43 win over Columbia Basin Secondary School on Saturday.

The Billygoats led by five at the half, then put the game away by forcing turnovers, 17 in all.

“We did a really good job of taking care of the ball this game with only five turnovers,” Pateros coach Marcus Stennes said. “We did a good job of rebounding, beating them 33 to 22 on the boards. This was a good way to start out of league play with a win.”

Macen McLean produced a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Julian Medina finished with 19 points and 3 rebounds. Carlos Ceniceros had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Pateros (2-2) will compete Wednesday at the North-Central Washington Basketball Showcase at Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee.

The boys take on Manson (0-4) at 5 p.m. The girls play earlier, at 3:30 p.m.

Country Financial will offer a $10,000 shootout contest opportunity during halftime of the boys game.

Everyone coming in the door receives a ticket for a chance to be in the shootout, which includes making a lay-up, free throw, 3-point shot and a half-court shot within 25 seconds.

If someone wins, the contestant receives $5,000 and $5,000 goes to the select school.

Pateros goes to Lake Roosevelt (1-2) on Friday.

Pateros (65) – Ceniceros 12, Wall 6, Medina 19, Evans 2, Piechalski 2, Rojas 2, Gelstin 4, Robinson 3, Caballero 0, McLean 14, Salcido 1.

Rebounds: McLean 10, Piechalski 7, Ceniceros 3, Medina 3, Salcido 3, Rojas 2. Steals: McLean 5, Ceniceros 3. Assists: Wall 3, Evans 3, McLean 3.

INCHELIUM – Republic broke open a fairly close game with a 19-5 fourth quarter before beating Inchelium, 57-37, on Saturday.

The Tigers saw a 15-point early lead evaporate before rebounding for the victory.

“We jumped out to an early lead with our intensity and defense, but I wanted to try some different defensive looks,” Republic coach Dan Groom said. “When I switched the defense up and switched up our personnel at the same time, our players got discombobulated.”

Inchelium, which also switched its defense, soon enjoyed a 3-point advantage.

Taylor Campbell scored 21 points and Aaron Fritts 15 for the Tigers.

“Fritts did an excellent job in all aspects of the game tonight including denying their shooters good looks from the three, which is Inchelium’s strength,” Groom said.

Thomas Cohen scored 16 points for Inchelium.

Republic (2-2) is at Kettle Falls (4-1) on Wednesday.

Inchelium (0-2) is at the Wellpinit Tournament from Dec. 20-21.

Republic (57) – Remien 1, Fritts 15, Campbell 21, Weller 5, Alex Rivera 5, Czapiewski 2, Gatenby 0, K. McQuay 0, Angelo Rivera 7, A. McQuay 1, Jumper 0.

Rebounds (35): Campbell 8, An. Rivera 7, Al. Rivera 7. Steals (25): Fritts 5.

Inchelium (37) – Meusy 7, Stensgar 6, W. Finley 0, Seymour 6, Silk 0, Sagerser 0, Cohen 16, Erickson 0, Fry 0, R. Finley 2.

CHELAN – Chelan blasted out to a 20-9 first quarter lead and held Oroville to 12 points in the second half en route to an 85-29 victory Saturday.

The Goats won the battle of the boards, 43-12, and shot 37-65 (57 percent) compared to 9-40 (22.5 percent) for the Hornets.

Oroville (1-3) next plays Jan. 10 at Pateros (2-2).

Oroville (29) – D. Nigg 3, Lopez 6, Sarmiento 12, Glover 3, C. Nigg 5, Tietje 0, Hugus 0, Quick 0.

Rebounds (12) – Sarmiento 4, Lopez 3, Tietje 3. Assists (3). Steals (3).

Chelan (85) – Hendricks 11, Stevens 0, James 0, Rodriguez 7, Anderson 8, Hollingsworth 15, Clausen 18, McClellan 4, Jenkins 4, Gleasman 18.

Rebounds (43) – Gleasman 11, Hollingsworth 10. Assists (18) – Clausen 8, Rodriguez 5, Hendricks 2. Blocks (8) – Hollingsworth 7. Steals (15) – Rodriguez 7, Hendricks 3, Clausen 3.

MEDICAL LAKE – Brewster knocked off Medical Lake, 64-47, in a non-league game Saturday.

“We controlled the game right from the start,” Brewster coach Tim Taylor said.

Easton Driessen led the way with 18 points. Josh Hammons added 14 points and Hunter Bach 11.

“We were very aggressive offensively, getting to the foul line 35 times,” Taylor said. “It was a good road win.”

Brewster (3-1) is at Quincy (4-1) on Thursday and hosts Omak (3-2) on Friday.

Brewster (64) – Driessen 18, Hammons 16, Boesel 1, Divis 6, Smith 7, Bach 11, Taylor 3, Jacobson 2.

Rebounds: Smith 9, Hammons 9, Smith 7, Bach 7.

WHITE SWAN – White Swan picked up its first victory of the season at the expense of Bridgeport, 69-54, on Saturday.

“The kids played really hard, but at times lost focus,” Bridgeport coach Dan Cavadini said. “Turnovers from a very physical defense gave us trouble.

“We knew we were going in to a hornets nest and we did not react to it the way I thought we would. We have a lot of work to do.”

Bridgeport’s Bailey Morris-Evenson led all scorers with 31 points.

White Swan (1-3) countered with three players in double figures – Trevor Shavehead with 19 points, 4 blocks, 4 steals; Kobie Lewis with 18 points, 6 steals; Albert Picard with 14 points, 6 steals.

Bridgeport (1-2) next plays at the Waterville Tournament on Dec. 27.

Bridgeport (54) – Espinobarros 0, Garza 6, Macedo 4, Z. Martinez 0, Monje 2, Picaso 0, B. Morris-Evenson 31, M. Martinez 0, Alvarez 5, Craig 0, Trujillo 0, Sanchez 6.

NORTHPORT – Curlew made it back-to-back league wins last weekend, taking out Northport, 62-33, on Saturday.

The Cougars ran off to a 36-17 halftime lead, then pounded the Mustangs with a 19-7 fourth quarter.

Coby Grumbach scored 18 points and Hunter Beedle 13 for Curlew.

Lorinz Martins paced Northport with 11 points.

Odessa-Harrington (2-1) is at Curlew (4-1 overall, 2-0 league) on Saturday.

Curlew (62) – Davis 0, Brown 10, Beedle 13, Knapp 8, Poore 1, Grumbach 18, Engebretson 3, Tresham 9, Chamberlin 0.

CUSICK – Cusick showed why it’s the team to beat in the Northeast 1B League following a 65-59 win over Republic on Friday.

“Cusick is everything I thought they would be, the league’s team to beat, and we were every bit their equal,” Republic coach Dan Groom said. “The difference was uncharacteristically horrible free throw shooting on our part (4-of-12) and missing a few easy buckets when we got to the rim in the first quarter.

“Every quarter after we fought to a draw in scoring.”

The Panthers jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter before the teams played evenly the rest of the way.

Republic trailed by 13 in the second quarter before consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor Campbell cut the margin to seven at the half.

“Cusick again extended the lead to double-digits early in the third, but we kept digging and working and eventually we tied the game in the fourth quarter,” Groom said.

“Campbell played phenomenally,” the coach said. “He kept us in the game with his shooting and played well on the defensive end in a sneaky, quiet way.”

The Rivera brothers, Alex (11 rebounds) and Angelo (10 rebounds), dominated the boards.

Angelo Rivera finished with a double-double – 12 points and those 10 boards.

Republic (59) – Fritts 7, Campbell 18, Weller 6, Alex Rivera 8, Czapiewski 2, K. McQuay 6, Angelo Rivera 12.

Rebounds (37): Al. Rivera 11, An. Rivera 10. Assists (11): Fritts 5. Steals (15): Campbell 4, An. Rivera 4.

Cusick (65) – Andrews 9, Shanholtzer 4, Bauer 18, Bluff 22, BrownEagle 0, Montgomery 6, Pope 6.

OMAK – Omak bounced back from trailing in the first half with a solid second half to dispatch Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 49-40, in a non-league game Friday.

“We zoned the first half,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said of Omak’s defense.

Switching to a man defense in the second half produced success, the coach said.

“Both teams played physical,” Desautel said. “We felt we took better control of the ball than last night. We rebounded well out of man after getting a little lazy in the first half out of zone. We hit our free throws down the stretch to maintain the lead.”

ACH led, 26-23 at the half before Omak won the second half, 26-14.

Leighton Boyd scored 13 points and Chance Williams 12 for the Pioneers.

Dallas Isaak scored 17 points for the Warriors.

“We held Isaak to 10 points less this game than last,” Desautel said.

Omak (3-2) is at Brewster (3-1) for a league game Friday and returns home for Cashmere (0-1) on Saturday.

ACH (40) – Isaak 17, Dormier 0, Goetz 0, Reece 7, Bohnet 6, Leander 0, Hunt 8, Hahn 2.

Omak (49) - Boyd 13, Covington 0, vanSinten 2, Desjardins 2, Saxon 7, Smith 6, C. Williams 12, Lamb 8, P. Williams 0.

OROVILLE – Tonasket topped Oroville, 74-37, in a non-league game Friday.

Dyllan Gage scored 19 points for the Tigers, which led 46-7 at halftime.

“We played a little better in the second half,” Oroville coach Jay Thacker said. “We are working hard to try and get better.”

Oroville’s Joe Sarmiento led all scorers with 20 points.

Also for Tonasket, Colton Leep scored 14 points, Michael Orozco 10 and Trevor Terris 10.

Chelan (1-2) is at Tonasket (4-0) for a league game Friday.

Oroville (1-3) is at Pateros (2-2) on Jan. 10.

Tonasket (74) – Williams 5, Orozco 10, Terris 10, Juarez 8, Sund 8, Gage 19, Leep 14.

Oroville (37) – Sarmiento 20, Quick 4, Glover 2, Tietje 4, Lopez 7.

KETTLE FALLS – Kettle Falls notched its fourth win of the season at the expense of Inchelium, 67-23, on Friday.

Edward Stensgar scored 9 points for Inchelium.

Inchelium (0-2) next plays at Curlew (4-1) on Jan. 3.

Inchelium (23) – Meusy 0, Stensgar 9, Seymour 4, Silk 2, Sagerser 2, Cohen 2, Erickson 0, Fry 3, Finley 1.

CURLEW – Curlew knocked off Selkirk, 55-44, for a league win Friday.

Mathan Knapp finished with a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

Daniel Tresham (13 points) and Coby Grumbach (10 points) each shot 5-for-7 from the field.

Curlew (55) – Brown 8, Beedle 3, Knapp 11, Poore 7, Grumbach 10, Engebretson 3, Tresham 13.

ENTIAT – Entiat knocked down Bridgeport, 59-45, in a non-league game Friday.

“Our offense really struggled and they shot the ball very well,” Bridgeport coach Dan Cavadini said. “Give them credit, they played with more discipline.”

Bridgeport (45) - Espinobarros 0, Garza 3, Macedo 5, Monje 2, Picaso 0, Morris-Evenson 20, M. Martinez 0, Alvarez 7, Craig 4, Sanchez 0.

OMAK – Liberty Bell pulled away in the second half to top Omak, 40-32, in a non-league game Thursday.

The Mountain Lions led 16-15 at the half and the lead went back and fourth until late in the third period.

Liberty Bell outscored Omak, 24-17, in the second half.

Liam Daily scored 10 points for Liberty Bell.

Leighton Boyd scored 11 points for Omak.

Liberty Bell (1-2) is at Entiat (3-1) for a non-league game Friday.

Liberty Bell (40) – Watson 9, Hanson 5, Dornfeld 8, Duguay 8, Sonnichsen 0, Daily 10, Cooley 0, Lara 0.

Omak (32) – Boyd 11, Covington 1, vanSinten 0, Desjardins 0, Saxon 4, Smith 5, C. Williams 8, Lamb 3, P. Williams 0.

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