OMAK – The third-place Omak High School boys’ basketball team announced in a big way it’s not going to be taken lightly come postseason with a 74-64 win over second-place Cashmere on Jan. 22.
“Tonight was a great night to be an Omak Pioneer,” said Omak coach Geoff Pearson, whose team improved to 5-4 in the Caribou Trail League, 13-4 overall. “Thanks to our parents, community and school for a great atmosphere in the Omak gym for a great high school basketball game. That was a lot of fun to be a part of.”
Cashmere (8-2, 13-5) jumped in front, 6-0, before Omak responded with a 16-3 run and eventually to lead 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.
“Cashmere is a very good team and we knew that they would make a run, which they did toward the end of the second quarter (17-9),” said Pearson, whose team lost the first two meetings with the Bulldogs - 78-64 on Dec. 7 and 66-57 on Jan. 4. “We made just enough plays to go in at half-time with a two-point lead (36-34).”
The Pioneers went on a 14-4 run to open the third quarter that would end with Omak up 61-46.
The lead was 67-49 with six minutes to go when Cashmere made a run.
“Cashmere’s best player got hot and they made a bit of a run to make it a bit close for comfort,” Pearson said. “However, we made just enough plays and free-throws down the stretch to win it.”
Four Omak players finished in double-digit scoring – Lonnie Cawston (22 points), Kanen Ables (16 points, 12 rebounds), Dillon Carlton (15 points, 10 rebounds) and JoJo Ibarra (15 points).
“The rest of our team gave us very solid minutes, getting us through some foul trouble and getting some much needed rest for our starters,” Pearson said. “Our boys played good defense tonight, getting 11 steals and out-rebounding a really good rebounding team (38 – 23. I was really pleased with our defensive effort.
“Adding on to that was our second-best offensive output of the season, which was good to see.”
The Pioneers, which wrap up the final three games on the road, recognized seniors Jan. 15. They included Lonnie Cawston, Tony Rivera, Patrick Ramey, Dillon Carlton, Kanen Ables, Andrew Foss, JoJo Ibarra and Ryan Holt.
Omak’s last game is at Chelan on Friday, Feb. 1.
The District 6 tournament is Feb. 9 and Feb. 12 at Eastmont High School.
The top two teams advance to crossover games with the Northeast 1A League, where winners will reach regional games that seed teams to state.
Omak (74) - Cawston 22, Ables 16, Carlton 15, Ibarra 15, Marchand 3, Black 3. Rebounds (38) - Ables 12, Carlton 10, Cawston 4, Ibarra 4, Marchand 3. Assists - Ables 4, Carlton 4, Marchand 4. Steals - Cawston 3, Carlton 3.
Okanogan 75, Chelan 52
CHELAN - Okanogan maintained its lead in the Caribou Trail League with a 75-52 victory over Chelan on Jan. 23.
“I thought we played pretty good man defense all night,” Okanogan boys’ coach Mike Carlquist said. “Martin Grooms locked onto Connor Wilson and he never hit a three-point shot after the first quarter.”
Okanogan led 36-20 at the half before scoring 39 in the second half.
“We got all of our kids in for some quality minutes,” Carlquist said. “After our first trip to Chelan, (we knew it was) kind of a hard place to win.”
In that game, Omak won 56-41 Dec. 7)
“We felt OK to win by 23 there was really good. We had good balanced scoring with Levi (Veenhuizen) getting 20, a career high.”
Others leading scorers included Martin Grooms with 15 points, Gage Wilson with 13 points, along with Hunter Rubert and Josue Ramos, who came off the bench, each scoring 10 points.
“It was a good sign we could win big with Gage not having to put up 20-plus,” said Carlquist. “He will be ready for our big games to come.”
Okanogan (75) - Veenhuizen 20, Grooms 15, G. Wilson 13, Rubert 10, Ramos 10, C. Wilson 4, Picard 3.
Oroville 71, Bridgeport 54
BRIDGEPORT – Oroville steadily pulled away from Bridgeport for a 71-54 league boys’ basketball victory Jan. 22.
The Hornets led 37-29 at the half and won the last two quarters, 34-25.
For Oroville, Spencer Martin scored 30 points and Anthony Jamison added 20 points.
For Bridgeport, Ronaldo Ubaldo had 24 points and Issac Ochoa added 16 points.
Oroville (71) - A. Jamison 20, Anderson, Hilderbrand 6, Lopez 3, Rise, Ocampo, Martin 30, Bernard 5, Allie, Sarmiento 7, Egerton, J. Jamison.
Bridgeport (54) - Ubaldo 24, Padilla, Flores 2, Ochoa 16, Carreon, Perez 6, Ruiz, Bucio, Torres, Orozco 6.
Lake Roosevelt 71, Tonasket 57
COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt beat Tonasket, 71-57, in a league boys’ basketball game Jan. 22.
“We just got out played,” Tonasket coach Aaron Small said.
Tigers in double digits included Tiler Morris at 17, Ethan Smith at 17 and Ryker Ayers at 15.
Tonasket (57) - Morris 17, Smith 17, Ayers 15, Clark 5, Montowski 3.
Other boys’ Jan. 22 scores
Manson 54, Liberty Bell 28
Republic 58, Curlew 50
Selkirk 75, Inchelium 65
ACH 59, Valley Christian 36
Cashmere 72, Omak 28
OMAK – League-leading Cashmere toppled second-place Omak, 72-28, in girls’ basketball on Jan. 22.
“We had a great first half putting up 22 to head into half time only down by 12 (34-22),” said Omak coach Mike Ables. “Our second half was not as strong and the game kind of got away from us.
“We never gave up. We had great shot selection and for the most part our defense worked like it should. We just have to find a way to come out of half time staying strong and completing a game.”
Cashmere outscored Omak, 38-6, in the second half.
“If everything pans out, we will see Cashmere one more time in Eastmont for district championship,” Ables said. “We know what we need to work on and are looking forward to finishing out the season strong.”
The Pioneers were led by Taya Mendoza with eight points, five rebounds and an assist, along with Payton Abrahamson with seven points, three assists and two steals.
Trinity Fjellman finished with five points, five rebounds and two steals.
The District 6/CTL tournament opens Feb. 9 at Eastmont High School with Omak and Cashmere playing in game one.
The winner earns the No. 1 seed to crossover games with the Northeast 1A League.
In game two, the CTL No. 3 and No. 4 play a loser-out game.
The winner of game two plays the loser of game one Feb. 12 to earn a crossover game with NE1A.
The winners of crossover games advance to regional play.
Omak (28) – Abrahamson 7, Mendoza 8, Campos 2, Fjellman 5, George 2, Vejraska 4. Rebounds: Mendoza 56, Fjellman 5. Assists: Abrahamson 3, Mendoza 1. Steals: Abrahamson 2, Fjellman 2.
Bridgeport 61, Oroville 33
BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport kept its fifth-place league position with a convincing 61-33 girls’ basketball win over Oroville on Jan. 22.
“We came out of the locker room hungry tonight,” Bridgeport coach Stuart Dezellem said. “Press execution is getting better every night. We controlled the boards, great ball movement.
“Defensive awareness improved tonight. Still too many turnovers. It’s one part of the game where we must get better. Karina Craig (21 points) is hitting her stride from multiple places on the court. So happy to see her at this level.”
Olivia Mathews led Oroville with nine points.
Karina Craig scored 21 points for Bridgeport.
Oroville (33) - Martin 8, Mathews 9, Hill, Hankins 4, Maddox 2, Rawley 7, Lopez 3.
Bridgeport (61) - M. Trejo 8, M. Santana 5, Garcia 1, A. Trejo 5, Martinez 4, K. Torres 10, B. Torres 2, Valdovinos 2, Craig 21, E. Santana 2, Palacio 1.
Other Jan. 22 girls’ scores
Chelan 52, Okanogan 35
Liberty Bell 69 Manson 24
Lake Roosevelt 56, Tonasket 32
Republic 53, Curlew 33
Selkirk 53, Inchelium 46
ACH 51, Valley Christian 36