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Prep Boys Basketball

TLG hands Klickitat first GCB loss

Andy Wells sank two free throws with six seconds remaining last Thursday to lift host Trout Lake/Glenwood to a 59-57 Greater Columbia 1B League victory over Klickitat.

The win was TLG's third in league play, while the loss was Klickitat's first.

Moreover, by the end of Saturday's league games, the five-team standings had undergone further transformation.

Sunnyside Christian moved into first place by handing Klickitat its second GCB loss, 60-40, in Sunnyside; and Yakama Tribal leapfrogged from fourth to third by upending Trout Lake/Glenwood, 64-55, in Glenwood.

Meanwhile, in the four-team Mid-Valley 2B League, Lyle/Wishram fell to 0-2 after losing at home to La Salle last Friday.

At Trout Lake/Glenwood 59, Klickitat 57:

Luke Dearden matched his career-high with 22 points and Andy Wells had 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagle Mustangs dealt the Vandals their first league loss last Thursday in Trout Lake.

Said Vandals Coach Joe Bales of TLG: "They took our style of play and beat us with it. They pressured us into 22 turnovers, hit key shots and just plain beat us."

Alex Whitefield added 15 points and Tygh Schuster supplied 11 points and six assists for TLG, which outscored Klickitat, 12-10, in the fourth quarter of the tightly contested game.

"It was a nice win," said TLG Coach Dan Concienne. "The boys are starting to play up to their potential and that's encouraging. A lot of it is they have played together long enough now that's it's beginning to show."

For Klickitat, which played without two starters, Tyler Linville scored a career-high 22 points, Levi Sanchey had 11 and Michael McConville furnished six points and 10 assists.

La Salle 43, at Lyle/Wishram 30:

Last Friday in Lyle, the visiting Lightning outscored the Cougars, 23-11, in the second half of their Mid-Valley 2B League matchup.

The game turned in La Salle's favor in the second quarter, when the Lightning erased a 17-10 first quarter deficit with solid play at both ends of the court.

When the horn blew at the end of the second quarter, the Lightning held a 20-19 edge.

For Lyle/Wishram, which got outscored 14-4 in the third quarter, Adam Snyder had 10 points and Alan Matai netted eight, while Mike Murphy and Mike Eiesland combined for 17 rebounds.

Yakama Tribal 64, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 55:

A 23-13 fourth-quarter offensive carried the visiting Eagles past the Eagle Mustangs last Saturday.

Alex Johnley led the way for Tribal as he hit 8-of-10 shots from the 3-point line and finished with a game-high 30 points. Three other Eagles also scored in double figures.

For TLG, which trailed 33-22 at halftime but led 42-41 after playing solid two-way basketball in the third quarter, Andy Wells netted 18 points and Alex Whitefield tossed in 17.

At Sunnyside Christian 60, Klickitat 40:

The Vandals lost their third game in a row and slipped to second place in GCB standings last Saturday as the Knights avenged an earlier setback against their chief competitors.

"We didn't play well enough to win," Vandals Coach Joe Bales said. "We had too many turnovers (18) and an offense that has very little unity at the moment. We need better ball movement, more player movement to beat a team like Sunnyside."

Michael McConville led Klickitat with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals on a night Sunnyside's Trevor Wagenaar and Steven Broersma combined for 30 points.

Added Bales: "Hopefully we can stop this freefall in time for district. Our game Friday (versus Bickleton) will show if we're ready or not for the post-season."

Lyle/Wishram 41, at Klickitat 38:

The Cougars held on for their 13th victory by preventing the Vandals from getting off a shot in the closing seconds of last Wednesday's non-league contest.

Lyle/Wishram took a three-point lead with 12 seconds remaining on Ty Freemantle's free throw after entering the the fourth quarter with a 28-22 lead.

Mike Murphy paced the Cougars with 12 points and Adam Snyder added 11.

Jeromie Mason and Wade Ramsey each scored 10 points for Klickitat, with Mason adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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