BREWSTER – Okanogan got past Omak, 67-49, on Feb. 13 in a loser-out game that was a test of top eight state 1A boys’ basketball teams.
“I thought defensively we played much better and rebounded the ball well,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said.
“Credit goes to Okanogan,” Omak coach Geoff Pearson said. “They played as perfectly offensively as I think I’ve ever seen. They just kept making huge shots, and very few of them were ‘open.’ We were able to get open looks on our end, we just didn’t make enough of them.”
The No. 5 Bulldogs head east to take on No. 7 Newport at 5 p.m. Feb. 16, in a loser-out, crossover game where the winner moves to a regional game.
Thursday’s game was close early, with Okanogan leading 16-14 after the first quarter.
The Bulldogs won the second period 16-8 for a 32-22 halftime lead, then put the game away with a 19-8 third quarter run for a 51-30 lead into the fourth.
Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said three big shots by Chase Wilson inside helped boost the second quarter lead.
Gage Wilson and Martin Grooms got assists on two of the scores.
“Omak put on a press, we had several quick turnovers and they cut the lead to 14,” Carlquist said. “We were able to hit some free throws and got a couple layups to finish off the game.”
Lonnie Cawston led Omak with 21 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
“Looking through the film, we did the things we needed to,” Pearson said. “Okanogan just didn’t miss. By my count they were 70 percent from the field, which is rather unbelievable.”
“We got a big game out Kolby Picard (13 points) and Chase Wilson (10 points) from the same position,” Carlquist said. “Gage Wilson had another solid rebounding game with 10 boards and 17 points.
“It was a huge win over a good and talented Omak team.”
Okanogan made 10 of 16 free throws – Gage Wilson was 7 of 12.
Omak was 11 of 14 on free throws.
As of Feb. 14, Lynden Christian (22-0) was ranked No. 1 by RPI for 1A boys.
Okanogan (17-5) was No. 5, Cashmere (16-5) was No. 6 and Omak (16-6) fell from No. 8 to No. 9.
“We had a great season and we are one of the better teams in the state,” Pearson said. “We hope that Cashmere and Okanogan represent our league well, but we just didn’t get it done. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching our boys. I really appreciate the effort, work and letting me coach them this year.”
Newport (18-3) is ranked No. 7.
“Our league is good, that is for sure,” said Pearson, an Omak graduate. “Reminds me of my sophomore year when we went 20-5 and didn’t make it, only to see Chelan win it all and Cashmere get third. It happens, but doesn’t make it feel any better.”
Omak (49) - Cawston 21, Davis, Carlton 5, Black, Ables 11, Rivera, Foss, Ibarra 2, Marchand 5, Sackman 5, Hall.
Okanogan (67) - Picard 13, Grooms 6, Rubert 9, Clark 0, Tverberg 2, Vega 0, Ramos 3, Cohen 0, G. Wilson 17, Veenhuizen 7, Silverthorn 0, C. Wilson 10.
Feb. 11, first-round District 6
Game 1: Cashmere 70, Okanogan 58
Game 2: Omak 62, Chelan 39, loser out
Game 3: Okanogan 67, Omak 49, loser out
Game 1: Lakeside (NEA No. 3) at Cashmere (CTL No. 1), 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: Okanogan (CTL No. 2) at Newport (NEA No. 2), 5 p.m.
NEA No. 1 Deer Park received a bye and goes directly to regionals