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Okanogan pounds inside

Townsend scores 32; Rivas nears 1,000; Taylor hits for 26 for Bears

— Okanogan pounded the ball inside to Jim Townsend in improving to 12-0 after knocking off Cashmere, 73-67, on Saturday.

“It is great to get the win, but we now have things to work on and improve for the second time through the league,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said.

The Bulldogs trailed, 33-31, at halftime before Townsend scored 14 of his game-high 32 points in the third quarter.

“We switched and went man in the whole second half,” Carlquist said.

“The third quarter was the key to our win,” he said. “We outscored them 29-16 to go up 11 going into the fourth quarter. They had a rough time matching up with him (Townsend).”

Jason Perez defended Cashmere’s leading scorer, Dylan Boyd, who finished with 16 points.

“(He) didn’t score in the third quarter,” Carlquist said.

“We were up 10 to 12 points the first half of the fourth quarter, but a couple turnovers, a quick shot or two and a few missed free throws allowed Cashmere to cut the lead to four,” the coach said.

Justin Rivas, who scored 16 points, could surpass 1,000 career scoring points in the next few games.

Rivas had scored 965 points as he entered Tuesday’s game with Chelan. He scored 186 points as a sophomore and 487 as a junior.

The record could fall Friday when Cascade (2-10 overall, 1-5 league) is at Okanogan (12-0, 6-0).

Okanogan (73) – Perez 7, Rivas 16, Morris 8, Pruitt 2, Townsend 32, VanderWeide 8.

REARDAN – Timbo Taylor exploded for 26 points to help guide Brewster past Reardan, 67-55, in a non-league game Saturday.

“It was a long road trip and tough environment to play in,” Brewster coach Tim Taylor said. “We were in control throughout the foul-plagued game. We could not get in a consistent rhythm for all the stoppages with the fouling.”

Easton Driessen added 16 points and Edgar Najera had 13 points and 5 assists for the Bears.

“It was a good, non-league win on the road,” the coach said.

Quincy (5-6 overall, 1-5 league) is at Brewster (9-3, 5-1) on Saturday.

Brewster (67) – Driessen 16, E. Najera 13, Hammons 3, I. Najera 0, Boesel 3, Divis 0, Smith 2, Bach 0, Taylor 26, Jacobson 4.

WILBUR – Wilbur-Creston powered past Curlew, 59-41, in a non-league game Saturday.

The Wildcats (9-3), which play in the southern division of the Northeast 1B League, led 41-22 at the half.

Hunter Beedle scored 9 points to lead the Cougars, which are in second place in the northern division.

Northport (0-12 overall, 0-6 league) is at Curlew (6-4, 4-1) on Friday while the Cougars go to Selkirk (5-8, 4-2) on Saturday.

Curlew (41) — Brown 7, McCullough 6, Beedle 9, Knapp 4, Poore 3, Grumbach 8, Tresham 4.

OROVILLE – Kittitas used a strong second half to blast Oroville, 47-23, on Saturday.

The Coyotes led 21-11 at the half before winning the final two periods, 26-12.

Joe Sarmiento scored 10 points to lead the Hornets.

Oroville (2-6) is at Bridgeport (2-3) on Thursday then returns home for Riverside Christian (5-3) on Saturday.

Oroville (23) – Sarmiento 10, C. Nigg 0, D. Nigg 0, Smith 2, Tietje 5, Hugus 0, Lopez 6.

WINTHROP – Liberty Bell faded in the fourth quarter in falling 57-48 to Riverside Christian on Saturday.

“It was a close game throughout,” Liberty Bell coach Kyle Acord said. “Neither team led by more than 6 points until the final minutes.”

The Crusaders near Yakima held a slim lead, 37-36, after three quarters before winning the final period, 20-12.

Jaymis Hanson scored 11 points for the Mountain Lions.

Liberty Bell (4-5) is at Manson (0-8) on Friday.

Liberty Bell (48) – Dominguez 5, Watson 5, Hanson 5, Szafas 11, Duguay 5, Sonnichsen 0, Dailey 8, Cooley 0, Lara 9, Klemmeck 0.

NORTHPORT – Republic bounced back from a Friday night loss with disciplined play that led to an easy 60-18 league victory over Northport on Saturday.

“I’m happy that we played four full quarters,” coach Dan Groom said. “We followed our game plan.”

Taylor Campbell scored 14 points for Republic, which led 30-7 at the half.

Inchelium (2-5 overall, 2-3 league) is at Republic (5-6, 2-3) on Friday and league-leading Cusick (11-1, 6-0) visits Saturday.

Republic and Inchelium enter their fray tied for fourth place and the final berth to post-season play.

“If we beat Inchelium, we pretty much clinch a play-off spot,” Groom said. “But they have their best player (Quentin Holford) back from injury and gave first-place Inchelium a real run for their money on Friday night.

“We have to be ready for them. We think we have a pretty good plan to allow us to play with Cusick this Saturday.”

Republic (60) – Remien 2, Fritts 13, Campbell 18, Weller 8, Alex Rivera 2, Czapiewski 0, Gatenby 1, K. McQuay 12, Angelo Rivera 12, A. McQuay 2, Jumper 2.

Rebounds (32): Al. Rivera 8. Steals (21): Fritts 8. Assists (11): Fritts 4.

INCHELIUM – Inchelium, fresh off a heartbreaking loss a night earlier, fell 67-54 to visiting Selkirk on Saturday.

The Rangers jumped out to a 35-20 halftime lead and played basically even with the Hornets in the second half.

Quentin Holford scored 18 points, Roger Finley 17 and Tristan Seymour 10 for Inchelium.

Inchelium (2-5 overall, 2-3 league) is at Republic (5-6, 2-3) on Friday.

The winner will have the inside track for fourth place and the final berth to postseason play.

Inchelium (54) — Meusy 0, Stensgar 2, Seymour 10, Holford 18, Cohen 7, Erickson 0, Finley 17, Silk 0.

QUINCY – Quincy hung on for a 55-50 win over Omak in a Caribou Trail League game Saturday.

“We started out flat,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said. “We made it interesting late in the game, but ran out of time.”

The Pioneers trailed 41-28 after three quarters before making a charge in the final period with a 22-14 run.

Leighton Boyd scored 19 points for Omak.

The Pioneers (5-7 overall, 1-5 league) go to Cashmere (7-4, 4-2) on Saturday.

Omak (50) – Martinez 9, Boyd 19, Covington 0, vanSinten 5, Desjardins 0, Saxon 5, Smith 0, C. Williams 9, C. Williams 3.

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt knocked out Entiat, 59-49, in a non-league game Saturday.

Scoring was not available.

Lake Roosevelt (3-4) is at Kittitas (6-3) on Friday.

COULEE CITY – Almira/Coulee-Hartline parlayed a strong second quarter into a 55-47 non-league win over Pateros on Friday.

“We took a lot of tough shots early in the shot clock,” Pateros coach Marcus Stennes said. “We couldn’t really get into an offensive groove. Our offense was a one shot and done.”

The Warriors won the second period, 16-10.

“Our defense had trouble finding their shooters,” Stennes said. “We also turned the ball over 14 times, which hurt us.”

Dallas Isaak scored 22 points and Logan Bohnet finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for ACH (2-10).

Macen McLean scored 16 points and Julian Medina had 15 for Pateros.

Moses Lake Christian Academy (2-5) is at Pateros (5-3) on Friday.

Pateros (47) — Ceniceros 8, Wall 2, Medina 15, Evans 2, Piechalski 2, Gelstin 2, McLean 16, Salcido 0.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (55) — Isaak 22, Dormaier 5, Reece 4, Bohnet 16, Hunt 5, Hahn 3.

REPUBLIC – Republic stayed close for a half with Chewelah, which took advantage of numerous turnovers in the second half to post a 59-49 non-league win Friday.

The Tigers trailed 23-17 before going on a 9-0 run and led 26-23 at the half.

“After quite a few lead changes and momentum swings, Chewelah came out with an early knockout punch in the third quarter,” said Republic coach Dan Groom, whose team lost the third quarter 20-4.

The Tigers mounted a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to get to the lead.

Taylor Campbell scored 14 points for Republic.

Mason Miller scored 20 points for Chewelah (4-8).

Republic (49) — Remien 4, Fritts 7, Campbell 14, Weller 5, Al. Rivera 0, Czapiewski 0, Gatenby 2, McQuay 8, An. Rivera 9.

BRIDGEPORT – Wilbur-Creston sped to a 66-44 win over Bridgeport in a non-league game Friday.

The Wildcats clawed out a 32-20 lead by the half and cruised from there.

Bailey Morris-Evenson scored 11 points for the Mustangs.

Oroville (2-6) is at Bridgeport (2-3) on Thursday.

Bridgeport (44) — Espinobarros 1, Garza 4, Saucedo 7, Monje 6, Sanchez 2, Morris-Evenson 11, Martinez 2, Alvarez 7, Craig 4.

TONASKET – Michael Orozco scored 17 points and Derek Sund added 14 points to help lift Tonasket past Cascade, 51-48, in a Caribou Trail League game Friday.

Cascade committed 26 turnovers, which helped lead to Tonasket scores.

Tonasket (8-4 overall, 2-4 league) is at Chelan (6-6, 4-2) on Friday.

Tonasket (51) – Orozco 17, Bensing 6, Terris 6 Juarez 2, Gage 6, Sund 14.

CURLEW – Curlew blasted Columbia of Hunters, 75-32, in a Northeast 1B League north division game Friday.

Coby Grumbach dropped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

Aaron McCullough and Mathan Knapp each scored 12 points for the Cougars, which led 35-11 at the half.

Curlew (75) — Davis 0, Brown 6, McCullough 12, Beedle 7, Knapp 12, Poore 8, Grumbach 20, Engebretson 5, Tresham 5.

CUSICK – Cusick sank four free throws late to hold off Inchelium, 80-75, in a league game Friday.

Spirit White hit the charity shots in the finals seconds to seal the victory for league-leading Panthers (11-2, 6-0).

Inchelium led 45-31 at the half before being outscored 48-30 in the second half.

Roger Finley scored 21 points, Quentin Holford (back from injury) 20, Thomas Cohen 15 and Edward Stensgar 12 for the Hornets.

Inchelium (75) — Meusy 4, Stensgar 12, Seymour 3, Holford 20, Cohen 15, Erickson 0, Finley 21.

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