A 51-30 Greater Columbia B League 1B Division victory over Bickleton Monday night earned Trout Lake/Glenwood the No. 3 seed in this week's Yakima Valley District Class 1B Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Eagle Mustangs were scheduled to open play in the three-day, double-elmination tournament Wednesday night against the Klickitat Vandals, the GCB's No. 2 seed. (See the tournament bracket on Page 8 for additional information.)
TLG took charge of Monday's make-up game with a 21-point second quarter that put it ahead, 30-15, at halftime. The Eagle Mustangs secured the win with a 21-point second half.
Bradley Woodruff paced TLG with 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Dannon Kavanagh added 12 points and earned praise from his coach for his defense on Bickleton's leading scorer, Cody Loomis.
"Dannon had an awesome game. He did a phenomenal job on Loomis; he totally took him out of his game," TLG Coach Dan Concienne said.
Loomis scored a team-high nine points before being disqualified in the fourth quarter with his second technical foul.
At Trout Lake/Glenwood 54, Bickleton 53:
Colton Smith's steal at halfcourt and subsequent layin with eight seconds remaining last Saturday gave the Eagle Mustangs the final edge over the Pirates.
TLG Coach Dan Concienne had inserted Smith into the lineup during a Bickleton timeout with 17 seconds to go. Smith's instructions were to foul a particular Pirates player.
Instead, Smith picked off the ball and took it in for the score that erased Bickleton's one-point advantage.
Moments earlier the Pirates had made two free throws--for a 53-52 lead--to counter Kristian Rubesh's tip-in for TLG with just under a minute to play.
Bradley Woodruff led TLG with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, and Dannon Kavanagh scored 14 points.
Moreover, Kris Wood added eight points, Alex Whitefield made six steals and Devin Dean passed for six assists.
For Bickleton, Cody Loomis pumped in 20 points and Eric Hess tallied 10 points and 20 rebounds.
At Klickitat 65, Yakama Tribal 55:
The Vandals made nearly half of their field-goal attempts last Friday in their Senior Night/homecoming victory over the Eagles.
Senior Herschel Sanchey scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Klickitat, which had a 19-9 lead after one quarter and led 29-20 at halftime and 50-31 through three quarters.
Senior Jeremy Moss added 10 points, Michael McConville provided 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Jeromie Mason had eight rebounds and six steals, and Levi Sanchey furnished 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
At La Salle 63, Lyle/Wishram 38:
Adam Snyder netted 21 points for the Cougars last Friday in a GCB 2B Division contest they trailed, 29-21, at halftime.
But the game got away from Lyle/Wishram in the third quarter as the host Lightning outscored their guests, 20-4.
Mike Murphy added 10 points for the Cougars.
At Sunnyside Christian 53, Klickitat 41:
The host Knights made most of their 13-point halftime lead stand up in the second half of the Feb. 5 GCB game against the Vandals.
Sunnyside Christian opened with a 17-3 first quarter but Klickitat made a game of it the rest of the way after switching from a box-and-1 defense to man-to-man in the second quarter.
Jeremy Moss had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Herschel Sanchey tallied 11 points, four steals and three assists for the Vandals, who outscored the Knights, 26-25, after the halftime intermission.
Yakama Tribal 53, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 52:
The Eagles shocked the Eagle Mustangs in Glenwood last Wednesday when Louis Ike threw in a shot from just inside the halfcourt line with time running out.
That ended a nightmarish game for TLG, which held a 43-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.
But in that final frame, the Eagle Mustangs missed 11-of-12 free-throw attempts (they were 12 for 33 overall) and got outscored 18-9 by a Tribal team nursing faint district tourney hopes.
"We have no excuses," TLG Coach Dan Concienne said. "We let them hang around and just got beat."
TLG looked to be safe after Kristian Rubesh tipped the ball in for a 52-50 lead with four seconds left. But enough time remained for Tribal to get the ball to Ike for a desperation heave at the basket.
Ike finished with a game-high 16 points. For TLG, Dannon Kavanagh led the way with 14 points. Rubesh had 10 to go with eight rebounds, and Devin Dean added eight rebounds and seven points.