Lyle/Wishram suffered a gut-wrenching one-point loss at Riverside Christian in Yakima last Friday on the opening weekend of Mid-Valley 2B League boys basketball action.
Riverside's Derrick Byrne scored with six seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Crusaders to a 34-33 victory over the visiting Cougars.
"That would've been a huge win for us," Cougars Coach Scott Myers said, "and we had plenty of opportunities to win it at the end. But after the first half we had, we were lucky to be in it at all."
Lyle/Wishram (11-2 overall) managed just four points in the first half and went into the intermission down 15. In the second half, however, the Cougars started to get--and hit--their shots.
By the end of the third quarter Lyle/Wishram, led by Mike Eiesland's six points, had pulled within 26-14. Then, in the fourth, the Cougars took the lead on a steal and breakaway layin by Alan Matai with two minutes to go.
Lyle/Wishram held the lead until the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, when Riverside's Marc Stein scored on a putback just before the buzzer to tie the game at 30-30 and force overtime.
"We had a two-point lead with seven seconds left, they took a shot and we didn't have anybody there for the weakside rebound and their kid tipped it in," Myers said.
In overtime, the Cougars got two looks at the basket--a layin attempt by Matai that missed and a wide-open shot that Adam Snyder passed up--in the closing seconds.
Mike Murphy led the Cougars with 15 points and six blocked shots, and Henry Matai collected a team-high eight rebounds.
C.S. Lewis 59, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 55:
In Trout Lake Monday, the visiting Watchmen outscored the Eagle Mustangs by nine points in the second half to win the non-league encounter.
TLG led 28-23 at halftime but trailed 43-35 entering the final quarter. C.S. Lewis put the game away in the fourth, however, by making 12-of-15 free throws.
Luke Dearden paced the Eagle Mustangs with 19 points, 10 of which came in TLG's 20-point fourth quarter. Andy Wells added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Alex Whitefield chipped in 14 points.
Klickitat 81, at Yakama Tribal 48:
Last Saturday in Toppenish, the visiting Vandals scored at least 18 points in every quarter en route to their fifth GCB victory against no losses.
Levi Sanchey had 15 points and eight rebounds, Michael McConville supplied 15 points and six rebounds, Ron Prominski had an 11-point, seven-rebound game, and Seth Davis grabbed 11 rebounds for Klickitat (5-0, 10-5), which snapped a two-game losing streak.
"It was a pretty good game for us against a scary Tribal team," Vandals Coach Joe Bales noted. "We ran the floor pretty well, stayed within our offense most of the night, and passed and cut better than usual."
Trout Lake/Glenwood 50, at Bickleton 27:
The Eagle Mustangs overcame a three-point first-quarter deficit last Friday to post their second GCB win over the Pirates.
Luke Dearden scored 14 points and Alex Whitefield had 12 for TLG, which took control of the game by outscoring Bickleton, 31-9, in the middle quarters.
At Riverside Christian 47, Klickitat 26:
The Crusaders evened the season's score with the Vandals last Thursday in Yakima, holding the visitors to six points or less in three of the non-league game's four quarters.
Ron Prominski paced Klickitat with 11 points and five rebounds on a night Riverside focused its defense on stopping Michael McConville.
McConville, who scored a career-high 34 points in a Jan. 13 overtime victory over Riverside, was limited to seven field-goal attempts and seven points.
Summed up Vandals Coach Joe Bales: "We were out-played in every aspect of the game."
At Lyle/Wishram 47, Klickitat 44:
Mike Murphy scored 19 points and Adam Snyder had 17 points and five rebounds as the Cougars held on to win the Jan. 20 non-league game in Lyle.
"It was anybody's game," said Cougars Coach Scott Myers, whose team won its sixth in a row. "The difference was, we did a good job of defending Michael McConville and had a little luck on our side."
McConville finished with a team-high 10 points, Levi Sanchey had nine points and eight rebounds, and Jeromie Mason tallied nine points, six rebounds and five assists.