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Prep Boys Basketball

TLG, Klickitat jockey for district playoff seeds

If the regular season ended today, Trout Lake/Glenwood would get the No. 2 seed, Klickitat the No. 3 seed in next week's Yakima Valley Class 1B district boys basketball tournament.

But because the season doesn't end until Saturday, and since both teams have two league games remaining, those playoff positions could reverse themselves.

TLG (4-5 in GCB, 8-9 overall), however, can lock up the No. 2 seed Friday night by beating Klickitat (3-6, 5-12).

A win over the Vandals would earn the Eagles a first-round game next Tuesday in Klickitat against No. 5 Yakama Tribal.

The Vandals, for their part, would have to defeat both TLG and Yakama Tribal, and have Bickleton upset TLG on Saturay, in order to slide into the second spot.

At Trout Lake/Glenwood 80, Yakama Tribal 41:

The Eagles reached 80 points in a game for the second time this season in convincing fashion last Saturday.

Tim Dearden poured in a career-high 34 points and collected nine rebounds to pace TLG, which had to overcame a 17-16 first-quarter deficit.

The Eagles did just that by outscoring Tribal 27-6 in the second quarter. They followed up with a 21-8 third quarter that left only the margin of victory in question.

TLG's balanced attack included nine points each from Kris Wood and Devin Dean (who also passed off for eight assists), eight from Brandon Woodruff, and seven apiece from Dannon Kavanagh and Alex Whitefield.

La Salle 68, at Klickitat 38:

The Vandals lost last Saturday's GCB tilt in third quarter, when they got outscored by the Lightning 26-7.

La Salle's big outburst extended a 34-19 halftime lead to 60-26.

Jeromie Mason had 12 points and five rebounds for Klickitat, which shot just 33 percent from the field (14/42) and 36 percent from the foul line (5/14), and committed 27 turnovers.

Klickitat 48, at Bickleton 18:

The Vandals made 51 percent of their field-goal attempts (22/43) and passed for 15 assists during last Friday's victory over the Pirates.

Herschel Sanchey led the way for Klickitat, sinking 10-of-15 shots from the floor and finishing with 22 points.

"We shot the ball well and played good pressure defense," Vandals Coach Kirk Huwe noted, adding, "We're starting to come together as a team."

The Vandals' assists total exemplified Klickitat's team play. Jeromie Mason took team honors with five assists and Jon Mason got credit for four.

The game turned in Klickitat's favor in the second quarter, when the Vandals outscored the Pirates 18-2 to take a 31-6 halftime lead.

At La Salle 70, Lyle 55:

Mike Murphy scored a career-high 26 points last Friday in the Cougars' loss to the Lightning.

The defeat dropped Lyle to 4-3 in the GCB's 2B Division--one game behind La Salle--and to 6-6 overall.

La Salle jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter, and led 38-22 at the half and 55-28 after three quarters.

Reggie Grace added 10 points for the Cougars, whose leading scorer, Joey Nelson, was held to six.

Sunnyside Christian 73, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 33:

The Eagles trailed the Knights 17-13 after one quarter of play last Thursday.

But Sunnyside preserved its ranking as the state's top 1B team by wearing TLG down the rest of the way.

The Knights extended their lead to 32-21 by halftime and to 50-29 by the end of third quarter.

For TLG, Tim Dearden had 13 points and seven rebounds. Dannon Kavanagh added 10 points.

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