Thanks to victories over Glenwood and Klickitat last week, Trout Lake’s boys basketball team is sitting by its lonesome in third place in Greater Columbia 1B League standings.
The Mustangs improved to 3-1 in league last Saturday with a 44-37 win over Klicki-tat.
Klickitat scored the first five points of the game and led 11-10 after one quarter.
Trout Lake surged in the second quarter and led 17-11 before Klickitat ran off seven straight for an 18-17 lead.
The Mustangs bounced back with five in a row and took a 22-18 lead with a minute to go when JD Cox stole the ball and fed James Baker for a layup.
In the third quarter, Trout Lake led by as many as six (27-21) before Klickitat rallied to score the last six points. A 3-pointer by Rylee Holycross with a second to go gave the Vandals a 33-30 lead entering the final quarter.
The Vandals had a chance to stretch their lead to five early in the fourth, but they missed a layup that the Mustangs rebounded.
Trout Lake tied the score at 35 with 2:43 remaining, then took the lead for good at 2:24 (37-35) on a layup by Diego Cortez.
Juan Rico extended the lead to 39-35 with a putback with 52 seconds left. After a Klickitat turnover, Cox gain-ed control of the ball and fed Cortez for a layup and a foul with 39 seconds to go. Cortez missed the free throw but Trout Lake still led 41-35.
Nathan Erickson sank two free throws for Klickitat with 32 seconds to go to pull the Vandals within 41-37.
Trout Lake sealed its 44-37 win with a free throw by Baker with 25 seconds left and two by Rico with 11 seconds remaining.
Neither team shot the ball well. Trout Lake made only 26% from the field for the game (16/62), while Klickitat suffered through a 1-for-10 performance in its 4-point fourth quarter. Its only basket in the final eight minutes came off a runner by Easton Atchley midway through the quarter.
Baker led all scorers with 13 points, and Cox had 11 points to go with six steals, six assists, and 11 rebounds. Rico added seven points and eight rebounds.
Erickson’s nine points were tops for the Vandals, who got eight each from Mason Knowland and Logan Foix.
Yakama Tribal 58, at Lyle/-Wishram 48: The visiting Eagles made a double-digit first quarter lead stand up last Saturday in their win over the Cougars.
Tribal led 18-7 after one quarter, 29-17 at halftime, and 42-33 after three quarters.
Gabe Montoya had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Cody Carse recorded 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars. Dylon Sisson tallied eight assists.
Sunnyside Christian 50, at Trout Lake 38: The Mustangs led 11-8 after one quarter but railed 24-17 at halftime of last Friday’s GCB game.
The Knights won the game by outscoring their hosts 26-21 in the second half.
JD Cox led Trout Lake with 14 points. Juan Rico had six.
At Tribal 93, Glenwood 28: The host Eagles exploded for 58 first-half points en route to the lopsided win last Friday in Toppenish.
Tanner Montgomery’s 15 points paced Glenwood. Dal-ton Jones chipped in six.
Tribal, for its part, netted 12 3-pointers and had four players score in double figures.
Lyle/Wishram 65, at Bickleton 61: Four Cougars scored in double figures last Friday to lead Lyle/Wishram to a hard-fought victory over the Pirates.
The Cougars trailed 31-29 at halftime but rallied in the third quarter to mount a 49-39 lead. The Pirates chipped away in the fourth, but the Cougars held on.
Dylon Sisson and Gabe Montoya each scored 16 points for L/W, Gavyn Nelson had 14, and Cody Carse added 13.
Montoya also tallied nine rebounds and three steals, Carse had eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals, and Nelson totaled five rebounds and five assists.
Nathan Powers of Bickleton led all scorers with 28 points and all rebounders with 16 boards. Troy Roberts chipped in 11 points.
At Lyle/Wishram 53, Klickitat 51: The Cougars led 48-36 after three quarters on Jan. 13, then held off a Vandals rally in the fourth to secure the GCB win. A late basket by the Vandals made the final margin two points.
Cody Carse had 29 points and nine rebounds for the winners, who led 33-18 at halftime.
Gabe Montoya added 11 rebounds, six steals, and six assists for L/W, and Dylon Sisson chipped in nine points.
For the Vandals, Mason Knowland scored 22 points, Easton Atchley had 13, and Logan Foix added nine.
At Trout Lake 71, Glenwood 39: James Baker scored 17 points and Juan Rico had 13 as the Mustangs rolled to the GCB victory on Jan. 13.
Tanner Montgomery of Glenwood led all scorers with 25 points.