OKANOGAN Okanogan broke open a fairly close boys basketball matchup with rival Omak in the second half for a 74-46 win Friday.
“Okanogan is a powerhouse,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said. “I felt the boys competed through the first three and a half quarters. Their transition offense ultimately was the deciding factor late.”
“I think Omak played very well,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. “I thought they defended the paint very well. It kind of made us create some new shots. It kind of woke us up. We played better in the second half.”
Okanogan appeared ready to run away with the game early, opening up a fast 8-0 lead, capped by Jim Townsend’s put back. The Pioneers fought back, giving notice they were not going to allow any easy transition baskets after Jonathan Martinez was called for an intentional foul that sent Okanogan’s Justin Rivas sailing toward a wall.
Okanogan led 20-6 after the first quarter before Omak’s Wyatt Covington hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 20-11.
Covington completed a 3-point play, followed by a Chance Williams’ basket to cut the margin to 25-18 with just over 3 minutes to halftime.
Omak was called for another technical following a rush for a loose ball.
Okanogan led 32-22 at the half before going on a 19-9 run in the third quarter.
“We got off to a good lead and they defended the paint in the second quarter,” Carlquist said. “We are used to scoring a lot of layups. It made us look for other ways to score.”
Omak cut the lead back to 41-30 on a 3-pointer by Leighton Boyd and a free throw by Chance Williams.
Rivas converted two free throws after an Omak coach was called for a technical near the end of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs moved in front 55-30 early in the fourth and made a couple late buckets to extend the lead.
“Omak was competitive,” Carlquist said. “We scored a couple baskets late to make the score higher. They are a very respectable team. There is a reason they beat Cashmere. They looked the best since I’ve been in Okanogan.
“Our league is going to be good down the stretch.”
Okanogan’s Rivas led all scorers with 27 points. Jim Townsend added 20 points and Justin VanderWeide worked the paint for 12. Leighton Boyd scored all of his 12 points in the second half for Omak. Chance Williams added 10 points.
Cashmere (6-3 overall, 3-1 league) is at Okanogan (9-0, 3-0) and Omak (5-5 overall, 1-3 league) is at Quincy (4-4, 0-3) in league games Saturday.
Omak (46) – Martinez 0, Boyd 12, Covington 6, vanSinten 5, Desjardins 2, Saxon 4, Smith 1, C. Williams 12, Lamb 0, P. Williams 4.
Okanogan (74) – Perez 5, Cate 4, Rivas 27, Morris 2, Guerrette 2, Pruitt 0, Crowson 2, Townsend 20, Staggs 0, VanderWeide 12.