OKANOGAN Okanogan slipped past Tonasket, 68-58, in a showdown between unbeaten, physical boys basketball teams Tuesday.
“Tonasket played very, very well,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. “The intensity level was a lot higher” than earlier games this season. “Give Tonasket credit for making us play like this, with a much higher intensity level.”
“I’m very proud of the guys,” Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon said. “It’s fun coaching this group of guys.
“We are not only able to compete, we can win games this year. The guys are hungry.”
Okanogan (5-0) appeared ready to run away with the game early, opening up a 10-0 lead.
“We were making them do jump shots,” Pedregon said. “Eventually they are going to miss. We stayed true to our game play.”
Tonasket (4-1) clawed back, partly assisted by Okanogan’s Jim Townsend sitting after picking up his second foul, to trail 17-14 after the first quarter.
The Tigers briefly took the lead in the second quarter, 18-17, on two free throws by Dyllan Gage (22 points) after being knocked down on a block by Jason Perez.
Townsend, back in the second quarter, made two free throws to hand Okanogan a 19-17 lead.
Justin Rivas, who scored 11 of his 29 points in the first half, raced across the top of the key late, drawing three defenders, before flipping to a wide open Toby Pruitt for an easy bunny hopper.
The speedy 5-9 guard closed out the half with a layup of his own to finish off a 13-7 run and give the ’Dogs a 30-24 lead.
“Our turnovers cost us the game, I believe,” Pedregon said after the Tigers lost the ball 21 times.
Tonasket closed the gap several times in the third quarter, including 34-33 following a 3-point play by Colton Leep, who finished with 11 points, and 37-36 following a 3-point play by Gage with 3 minutes to go.
Okanogan led, 47-38, after three quarters.
Tonasket could only get within six, 51-45 after another 3-point play by Gage with 6:21 to go.
Okanogan boys (3:30 p.m.) and girls (2 p.m.) play Eatonville in the Cascade Tournament starting Friday.
On Saturday, Okanogan boys (3:30 p.m.) and girls (2 p.m.) take on Riverside.
Okanogan sends its junior varsity teams to Tonasket for the Tigers Christmas Tournament starting Friday.
Friday’s schedule finds Liberty Bell boys against Okanogan at noon, Liberty Bell girls against Okanogan at 2 p.m., Tonasket boys against Lake Roosevelt at 4 p.m. and Tonasket girls against Lake Roosevelt at 6 p.m.
The losers of the girls games play at 2 p.m., followed by the losers of the boys games.
The winners of the girls games play at 6 p.m., followed by the winners of the boys games.
Tonasket (58) – Williams 0, Orozco 7, Terris 2, Juarez 2, Manring 0, Sund 14, Gage 22, Leep 11, Polito 0.
Okanogan (68) – Perez 2, Cate 0, Rivas 29, Morris 3, Guerrette 0, Pruitt 8, Crowson 0, Townsend 22, Timentwa 0, Staggs 0, VanderWeide 4.
OMAK – Omak saw a 13-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, but still managed to hang on for a 56-55 win over Oroville on Tuesday.
The Pioneers, led by Chance Williams’ 17 points, led 46-32, after three periods.
The Hornets made five 3-pointers in a row in the fourth quarter to tie the game with eight seconds remaining.
Oroville fouled Williams on an inbounds play by Omak.
“One second was put back on the clock,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said. “It was exciting.”
Williams made a free throw for the winning margin.
Leighton Boyd added 12 points for Omak.
Joe Sarmiento and Lane Tietje each scored 14 points for Oroville. Juan Lopez added 13 points.
Omak (4-2) returns to action at Okanogan (5-0) on Jan. 3.
Oroville (1-4) is at Pateros (3-2) on Jan. 7.
Oroville (55) – Sarmiento 14, C. Nigg 6, D. Nigg 8, Quick 0, Glover 0, Tietje 14, Hugus 0, Lopez 13.
Omak (56) – Boyd 12, Covington 0, vanSinten 4, Desjardins 5, Saxon 8, Smith 2, C. Williams 17, Lamb 0, P. Williams 8.
WATERVILLE – Liberty Bell put together a solid second half defensively in turning back Waterville, 44-36, on Tuesday.
Austin Watson scored 14 points and Jaymis Hanson 13 to lead the Mountain Lions, which outscored Waterville, 22-15, in the second half.
Caleb Pietrandrea scored 12 points for Waterville.
Liberty Bell (2-2) is at the Tonasket Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27-28.
The Waterville tournament slated for Dec. 26-28 has been cancelled.
Liberty Bell (44) – Ott 0, Dominguez 0, Watson 14, Hanson 13, Dornfeld 0, Duguay 4, Sonnichsen 1, Daily 6, Cooley 4, Lara 2.
WILBUR – Wilbur-Creston used a 19-7 third-quarter run to get past Bridgeport, 64-47, on Tuesday.
Dorian Jaeger paced the Wildcats with 21 points.
Bailey Morris-Evenson scored 15 points for Bridgeport.
Bridgeport (1-2) is at Pateros (3-2) for a non-league game Jan. 3.
Bridgeport (47) – Espinobarros 3, Macedo 9, Monje 5, Evenson 15, Alvarez 5, Craig 6, Trujillo 4.
CURLEW – Curlew improved to 6-0 by getting past Republic, 49-43, in a Northeast 1B League game Tuesday.
Daniel Tresham finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Cougars, which were scoreless the first five minutes of the game.
Coby Grumbach scored 14 points and Gunnar Brown 12 for Curlew.
Aaron Fritts scored 12 points, Angelo Rivera 11 points and Alex Rivera had 10 points and 9 rebounds for Republic.
Republic (3-3 overall, 1-2 league) is at Cusick (4-1) on Dec. 28.
Curlew (6-0, 3-0) is at Inchelium (1-2) on Jan. 3.
Republic (43) – Remien 2, Fritts 12, Campbell 4, Weller 4, Al. Rivera 10, Czapiewski 0, K. McQuay 0, An. Rivera 11.
Curlew (49) – Brown 12, Knapp 4, Grumbach 14, Engebretson 0, Tresham 16.
ENTIAT – Lake Roosevelt won the middle quarters in edging Entiat, 60-50, in a non-league game Monday.
Chance Garvin controlled the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Raiders.
Trey Nicholson produced 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Keith Larson scored 20 points, Truong Tran 13 and Kevin Wooldridge 10 for Entiat.
Lake Roosevelt (60) – Garvin 12, Rosenbaum 9, Palmer 6, Picard 2, Davis 6, Redstar 4, Black 2, Desautel 4, Nicholson 15.