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Omak shoots down Cashmere

Republic, Curlew fall in non-leaguers

— Omak came back from being down by nine points at the half to turn back Cashmere, 57-53, in a Caribou Trail League game Saturday.

“We were focused on slowing down their transition game, which I felt we did the first half,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said. “However, we didn’t really get into any rhythm.”

The Pioneers found success in the second half with their running game.

“I felt we handled the paint the second half,” Desautel said. “We got a couple big threes in transition at critical times and were able to hit our foul shots down the stretch.”

Omak (5-3) returns to action at Okanogan (7-0) on Jan. 3.

Omak (57) – Martinez 2, Boyd 17, Covington 0, vanSinten 2, Desjardins 5, Saxon 8, Smith 3, C. Williams 17, Lamb 0, P. Williams 3.

CURLEW – Odessa-Harrington hung on for a 36-33 non-league win over Curlew on Saturday.

The Cougars closed to two points with 16 seconds to go, but could not get a basket.

Gunner Brown scored 11 points for Curlew, which suffered its first loss of the season.

Curlew (6-1 overall 3-0 league) is at Inchelium (1-3) on Jan. 3.

Curlew (33) – Brown 11, Beedle 0, Knapp 9, Poore 6, Grumbach 3, Engebretson 0, Tresham 4.

REPUBLIC – Wilbur-Creston handed Republic its first loss of the season, 53-42, in a non-league game Friday.

The Wildcats controlled the paint with three players at 6-3, said Republic coach Dan Groom, whose team fell behind 13-0 at the start of the game.

“Unforced turnovers killed us,” Groom said, whose team fell behind 29-16 at the half due to Wilbur-Creston’s full court pressure.

“We pulled to within four points halfway through the fourth,” Groom said. “We just couldn’t quite get over the hump.”

Republic (6-1 overall, 4-0 league) is at Cusick on Saturday.

“We have yet to play up to our potential against taller teams for the full 32 minutes,” Groom said. “We seem to come out tentative and not believe that our pressure and quickness can overcome superior height.”

Republic (42) – Remien 5, Fritts 9, Campbell 8, Weller 5, Al. Rivera 8, Czapiewski 3, K. McQuay 2, An. Rivera 2.

Rebounds (32): Al. Rivera 9. Assists (9): An. Rivera 5. Steals (10): An. Rivera 4.

TONASKET – Chelan used its size to turn back Tonasket, 50-48, in a league game Friday.

“Chelan came out with more intensity and willingness on defense,” Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon said. “We battled back into the game and had opportunities, but turnovers were a factor down the stretch. On a positive note, we were there until the end and had a chance to tie it.”

The Goats won the battle on the boards, 31-20. The Tigers finished with 4 offensive rebounds compared to 13 extra chances for Chelan.

The teams shot about the same – Chelan was 18-50 (36 percent) and Tonasket was 17-45 (38 percent).

Tonasket (48) – Orozco 13, Terries 9, Bensing 0, Juarez 0, Leep 4, Gage 8, Sund 14.

Rebounds (20): Leep 7, Terris 6. Assists (7): Gage 3, Terris 2. Blocks (2): Bensing 1, Sund 1. Steals (7): Gage 3.

LEAVENWORTH – Okanogan remains undefeated this season following a 62-43 win over Cascade in a league game Friday.

Jim Townsend finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds for Bulldogs (7-0), which led 31-17 at the half.

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 (62) – Perez 3, Morris 5, Townsend 34, VanderWeide 9, Cate 0, Pruitt 3, Guerrette 6, Crowson 2, Staggs 0.

BREWSTER – Brewster hit from inside and out to top Omak, 67-35, in a league game Friday.

Timbo Taylor scored 16 points, Josh Hammons 14 and Cameron Jacobson 10 for the Bears, which led 31-17 at halftime.

Chance Williams scored 10 points for Omak.

Brewster (5-1) plays Lynden Christian (5-1) at the Lynx’s tournament Friday then takes on Sehome (3-2) on Saturday.

Omak (35) – Martinez 0, Boyd 5, Covington 0, vanSinten 4, Desjardins 0, Saxon 4, Smith 4, C. Williams 10, Lamb 2, P. Williams 6.

Brewster (67) – Driessen 7. E. Najera 2, Hammons 14, Boesel 2, Divis 6, Smith 4, Bach 4, Taylor 16, Jacobson 10, I. Najera 2.

LAKE ROOSEVELT – Pateros nipped Lake Roosevelt, 50-48, on Friday.

“It came down to free throws as a deciding factor,” Lake Roosevelt coach Matt Simpson said. “If we would have made just a few more free throw and one or two less turnovers, the game would have been ours.”

Pateros made 14 of 19 free throws compared to 17 of 30 for the Raiders.

Pateros (50) - Ceniceros 17, Wall 8, Medina 5, Evans 2, Piechalski 13, Gelstin 4, Salcido 2.

Lake Roosevelt (48) - Garvin 20, Rosebaum 6, Palmer 2, Picard 5, Davis 5, Nicholson 3, Black 0.

LIBERTY BELL – Liberty Bell held off Entiat, 69-65, on Friday.

Scoring was not available for the game.

QUINCY – Timbo Taylor exploded for 27 points in helping lead Brewster past Quincy, 62-49, in a league game Thursday.

“We came out kind of lackadaisical,” Brewster coach Tim Taylor said.

The Bears trailed 24-21 at the half before outscoring the Jackrabbits 41-25 in the second half.

Easton Driessen scored 12 points and Josh Hammons 9 for the Bears.

Brewster (62) – Driessen 12, Hammons 9, Najera 1, Boesel 0, Divis 4, Smith 5, Bach 1, Taylor 27, Jacobson 3.

WENATCHEE – Julian Medina scored 14 points to help lead Pateros past Manson, 43-33, in the North-Central Washington Basketball Showcase on Wednesday in Town Toyota Center.

Medina made four 3-pointers in the first half to pace the Billygoats, which limited the Trojans to 11 second-half points.

Pateros (43) – Ceniceros 6, Wall 3, Medina 14, Evans 2, Piechalski 6, Gelstin 6, Caballero 6.

KETTLE FALLS – Republic made its free throws down the stretch to overpower Kettle Falls, 57-41, on Wednesday.

Taylor Campbell scored 17 points and Aaron Fritts 12 for Republic, which made 13-of-26 free throws.

“We were really frustrated after having blown the crucial league game at Curlew the night before,” Republic coach Dan Groom said. “Our press was very effective as was our standard quick zone defense that they couldn’t solve.”

“I was very proud of our defensive and offensive scoring effort, but we had way too many turnovers,” Groom said.

Republic (56) – Remien 4, Fritts 12, Campbell 17, Weller 8, Al, Rivera 6, Czapiewski 0, Gatenby 0, K. McQuay 2, An. Rivera 8, McQuay 0, Jumper 0.

Rebounds (22): Al. Rivera 10. Steals: An. Rivera 6. Assists: Fritts 4.

Kettle Falls (41) – Paiva 0, Dunlap 0, Pugh 3, McKern 4, McIntosh 0, Thompson 0, Wren 14, Hansen 4, Boring 4, Johnson 10, Dodson 2.

Rebounds (26): Johnson 8.

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