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Gcb Boys Basketball Roundup

Cougars, Mustangs secure berths in district playoffs; Eagles keep pressure on Vandals for division's third spot

A 17-6 surge in the third quarter propelled Glenwood to a 63-49 homecoming victory over Greater Columbia B League rival Trout Lake last Saturday.

It was a "must win" game for the Eagles, who needed it to keep their Yakima Valley District 5 tournament hopes alive.

Glenwood took the lead for good, at 23-22, on a pair of Tanner Beeks free throws with 1:06 remaining in the first half.

Beeks scored six of his game-high 18 points and Trent Steinbach had five of his 14 during the Eagles' key third-quarter run that increased their 25-24 halftime lead to 42-30.

Trout Lake got within nine points (52-43) midway through the fourth quarter on a shot by Tim Dearden but no closer as Glenwood protected its lead by sinking 9-of-12 free throws.

Tony Leiter, who tallied 13 points for the Eagles, converted 5 of 6 from the line in the final frame.

Dearden led Trout Lake with 15 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Matt Dearden added 12 for the Mustangs, who had their two-game win streak ended.

TROUT LAKE 49 (7-17-11-14) --

Tim Dearden 15, Matt Dearden 12, Ben Steward 8, Kris Huffsmith 6, Shay Smith 4, Mark Poland 4. FGs: (2) 19 (T. Dearden 7, Steward 4, M. Dearden 4); (3) 2 (M. Dearden 1, Huffsmith 1). FTs: 5-8, 62.5% (Smith 2-2). Fouls: 16.

GLENWOOD 63 (14-11-21-17) --

Tanner Beeks 18, Trent Steinbach 14, Tony Leiter 13, David Hoodenpyl 10, Mitch Wheelhouse 8. FGs: (2) 19 (Beeks 7, Hoodenpyl 5); (3) 4 (Steinbach 4). FTs: 13-17, 76.5% (Leiter 7-9, Beeks 4-4). Fouls: 14.

Preliminary --

Lyle Alumni def. Glenwood alumni.

Officials --

Jim Anderson, Tom Peachey, Mike Gilderhus.

At Lyle 42, Yakama Tribal 39 --

The Cougars fended off an Eagles rally in the late going last Friday to win an important GCB contest.

"We made this an exciting game for the fans," said Cougars Coach Joe Bales. "We had an 11-point lead with seven minutes left, played pretty well to that point, then made several poor choices and almost lost the game."

Lyle took its biggest lead (37-26) early in the fourth quarter on a basket by Kalvin Kernan but had that trimmed to one when Yakama's Tyson John capped a 10-point run with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:48 remaining in the game.

Nearly two minutes went by after that before Lyle's Joey Nelson laid one in off an assist by Devan Essex that boosted the lead to three.

The Klickitat County Division-leading Cougars doubled that after Kernan made 1-of-2 free throws and Martin Grace fed Essex for a 10-footer from the side.

Derek Payer's third 3-point basket, with 18 seconds to go, pulled the Eagles within three but the Cougars were able to run the clock out to preserve the victory.

Bales said the key for Lyle was the defensive play of Essex, who covered and held Payer to eight points in the final three quarters, after Payer netted seven in the opening period.

Kernan scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in a seesaw first quarter, which the Cougars won, 15-14, thanks to Kernan's two free throws at the 12-second mark.

Lyle never trailed after the first quarter, though Yakama kept the pressure on with accurate outside shooting from Payer and David Miller.

The Eagles also did a better job defensively on Kernan, holding him to seven points in the final three quarters.

Joey Nelson picked up some of the slack for Lyle, scoring eight of his 12 points after the first period. He also finished with a team-leading nine rebounds--one more than Kernan.

"This was a big game for us because I believe it clinched us at least a share of the division title," Bales noted.

The game was stopped with 5:12 remaining in the first half when a fire alarm went off. It proved to be a false alarm; a fog machine set up for Lyle's homecoming dance malfunctioned.

Play resumed after a 10-minute delay.

YAKAMA 39 (14-6-6-13) --

Derek Payer 15, David Miller 9, Josh Sampson 6, Tyson John 5, Lyle Wapsheli 2, Buddy Cultee 2. FGs: (2) (Payer 3, Sampson 3); (3) 7 (Payer 3, Miller 3, John 1). FTs: 0-2, 0.0%. Rebounds: 24. Steals: 5. Assists: 5. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.

LYLE 42 (15-9-11-7) --

Kalvin Kernan 18, Joey Nelson 12, Devan Essex 5, Martin Grace 5, Reggie Grace 2. FGs: (2) 14 (Kernan 7); (3) 2 (Nelson 1, Essex 1). FTs: 8-15, 53.3% (Kernan 4-8, Nelson 3-4). Rebounds: 28 (Nelson 9, Kernan 8, Essex 5, R. Grace 4). Steals: 9 (Kernan 3, M. Grace 2, R. Grace 2). Assists: 12 (Dusty Vorce 3, Essex 3). Fouls: 5. Fouled out: None.

Preliminary --

Lyle JV 51, Yakama JV 32 (Lyle: Adam Snyder 19).

Officials --

Tom Peachey, Zach Landgren, Mike Gilderhus.

At Klickitat 54, Bickleton 40 --

Cory Fakesch recorded 15 points and 19 rebounds last Saturday to help the Vandals move a step closer to locking up a spot in next week's district playoffs.

J.J. Keys also had a big game for Klickitat, finishing with a game-high 25 points, including the 1,000th point of his career.

The still-winless Pirates had three players score in double digits, led by Tyler Jensen's 14 points

BICKLETON 40 (6-8-17-9) --

Tyler Jensen 14, Cody Loomis 13, Bryan Whitmore 10, Tyler Collins 3.

KLICKITAT 54 (17-15-11-11) --

J.J. Keys 25, Cory Fakesch 15, Richard McConville 6, Josh DeWeese 4, Jeromie Mason 3, Casey Risley 1.

At Trout Lake 60, La Salle 51 --

The Mustangs trailed by two points at halftime last Friday but regrouped to outscore the Lightning by 11 in the second half.

Kris Huffsmith and Ben Steward each scored 16 points for Trout Lake, which also got a combined 22 points from Tim and Matt Dearden.

LA SALLE 51 (15-10-10-16) --

Chase Marquis 13, Ryan Leija 12, Bouchey 6, Cacchiotti 6, McGree 6, Rivard 5, Wall 2, Jones 1.

TROUT LAKE 60 (21-2-15-22) --

Kris Huffsmith 16, Ben Steward 16, Tim Dearden 12, Matt Dearden 10, Mark Poland 5, Shay Smith 1.

At Riverside Christian 82, Klickitat 54 --

J.J. Keys pumped in a game-high 38 points last Friday for the Vandals, who fell behind by 19 at the end of one quarter and never recovered.

The eighth-ranked Crusaders had four players in double figures, led by Garrett Neiffer's 24.

KLICKITAT 54 (8-17-14-15) --

J.J. Keys 38, Richard McConville 7, Cory Fakesch 6, James Parsons 3.

RIVERSIDE 82 (27-19-17-19) --

Garrett Neiffer 24, Trevor Pynch 19, Chris Pynch 14, Joseph Hampton 12, Ryan Van Beek 4, Boothman 4, Matt Allen 2, Shuel 2, Harlington 1.

Sunnyside Christian 56, at Glenwood 35 --

The third-ranked Knights pulled away in the middle quarters last Friday, outscoring the Eagles, 30-16, in those 16 minutes of action.

Chad Den Boer led all scorers, sinking eight shots from the floor, including three from the 3-point line.

Tony Leiter scored 13 points and Mitch Wheelhouse had 10 for the Eagles, who kept things close until Den Boer hit for 10 points in the second quarter to spark a Sunnyside surge.

SUNNYSIDE 56 (9-17-13-17) --

Chad Den Boer 19, Jordan Haak 9, Matt Haak 9, Derek Van de Graaf 8, Aaron Van de Graaf 3, John Bosma 2, Nick DeJong 2, Andrew Schutt 2, Sean Tudor 2. FGs: (2) 19 (Den Boer 5); (3) 5 (Den Boer 3). FTs: 3-3, 100.0% (M. Haak 2-2). Fouls: 9.

GLENWOOD 35 (7-9-7-12) --

Tony Leiter 13, Mitch Wheelhouse 10, Trent Steinbach 8, Tanner Beeks 2, David Hoodenpyl 2. FGs: (2) 13 (Leiter 5, Wheelhouse 5); (3) 2 (Steinbach 2). FTs: 3-8, 37.5% (Leiter 3-6). Fouls: 10.

Riverside Christian 67, at Glenwood 54 --

The Eagles couldn't overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in their Feb. 1 game against the 10th-ranked Crusaders.

Glenwood trailed 40-23 at halftime and by 20 after three quarters.

The Eagles rallied in the fourth behind Tony Leiter's 13 points to make the final score closer.

Leiter finished with a career-high 27 points, sinking 12 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws.

RIVERSIDE 67 (19-21-14-13) --

Garrett Neiffer 22, Trevor Pynch 16, Chris Pynch 13, Joseph Hampton 7, Ryan Van Beek 5, Matt Allen 2, Doornink 2. FGs: (2) 18 (Neiffer 10); (3) 6 (C. Pynch 3). FTs: 13-18, 72.2% (T. Pynch 7-10). Fouls: 13.

GLENWOOD 54 (12-11-11-20) --

Tony Leiter 27, Tanner Beeks 8, Mitch Wheelhouse 8, Trent Steinbach 7, David Hoodenpyl 2. FGs: (2) 21 (Leiter 12); (3) 1 (Steinbach 1). FTs: 7-9, 77.8% (Leiter Beeks 4-5, Leiter 3-4). Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Wheelhouse.

Trout Lake 99, at Yakama Tribal 69 --

The Mustangs were unstoppable in their Feb. 1 game at Toppenish, putting in 57 points in the first half of their highest-scoring game of the season.

Kris Huffsmith poured in a season-high 27 points and Ben Steward had 24 as all five Trout Lake starters scored in double figures.

TROUT LAKE 99 (25-32-23-19) --

Kris Huffsmith 27, Ben Steward 24, Matt Dearden 16, Shay Smith 12, Tim Dearden 10, Mark Poland 6, Khris Gonzales 2.

YAKAMA TRIBAL 69 (16-22-13-18) --

Derek Payer 27, Tyson John 16, Lyle Wapsheli 8, Buddy Cultee 4, Dunbar John 4, Leonard Blake 4, David Miller 4, Josh Sampson 2.

At La Salle 61, Lyle 44 --

The Lightning outscored the Cougars, 30-23, in the middle quarters, then held the visitors to nine points in the fourth of a Feb. 1 game at Union Gap.

Kalvin Kernan scored 15 points and Martin Grace had 14 to lead Lyle, which was down, 28-25, at the intermission.

LYLE 44 (12-13-10-9) --

Kalvin Kernan 15, Martin Grace 14, Joey Nelson 7, Devan Essex 6, Reggie Grace 2. FGs: (2) 16; (3) 2. FTs: 6-8. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: M. Grace.

LA SALLE 61 (14-14-16-17) --

Chase Marquis 20, Ryan Leija 8, Cacchiotti 8, Wall 7, Hernandez 6, Rivard 5, McGree 4, Hilbert 2, Jones 1. FGs: (2) 19; (3) 4. FTs: 11-19. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None. Technical Foul: Marquis.

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