Okanogan boys win state opener, 70-60

— The No. 1 state-ranked Okanogan High School boys basketball team roared back from a seven-point deficit to knock off Cedar Park Christian, 70-60, in overtime Thursday.

The Bulldogs trailed, 55-48, with 3:39 to play before mounting a comeback, led by seven points late by Justin Rivas to keep the Bulldogs undefeated (25-0).

Jim Townsend (23 points, game-high 14 rebounds and 5 assists) tied the game with a free throw with 36 ticks on the clock in regulation. Townsend was 9-14 from the field, 5-9 on free throws.

Rivas nearly got the chance to win the game in regulation, being knocked down on a baseline layup as time expired. Officials did not call a foul and, after conferring, waved off the play, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, Rivas (8-16 from the field, 6-11 on free throws) scored four of his game-high 24 points to guide the Bulldogs to the victory.

Cedar Park Christian, of Bothell, led 31-26 at halftime and 42-40 after three quarters. The Eagles made 25-of-58 (43 percent) from the field and 6-of-15 (40 percent) on free throws.

Justin VanderWeide scored 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Okanogan made 28-of-58 shots (48 percent) from the field, 12-22 (54.5 percent) on free throws.


Okanogan (70) – Perez 4, Rivas 24, Morris 6, Guerrette 2, Pruitt 0, Townsend 23, VanderWeide 11.

Latest stories

Latest video:


State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen recorded this video of the release of a mama bear and her three cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The bears were captured in a tree at Esther Bricques Winery near Ellisforde. The original video was much longer. We've edited out several minutes of footage between the cubs leaving the first trap and the mama and cub leaving the second trap. Enlarge

Log in to comment