Okanogan, Lake Roosevelt battle into overtime
TONASKET – Omak traveled to Tonasket on Jan. 4 and came home with a 63-58 boys’ basketball victory.
With the non-league victory, Omak went to 4-5 overall, 2-2 in the Caribou Trail League.
“We started a bit slow and had a tough time defending Tonasket early – they shot lights out – which culminated with us facing an early deficit,” said Omak coach Geoff Pearson.
But the Pioneers battled back, with Tonasket holding a 39-29 halftime lead.
“In the third quarter, I really felt we had some things going, but the next thing you know, Tonasket made back-to-back three-pointers at the end of the third quarter and they led by 15 points,” said Pearson. “Things looked pretty bleak – and then our boys responded.
“It started with an increased focus on defensive communication and rotation, which led to some quick transition baskets, and the 15-point lead was down to eight points.”
Omak forced 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter and held the Tigers to two points – both on free throws – during the final quarter.
“We finished the game on a 22-2 run, fueled by defense into offense,” said Pearson.
Kaiden Devereaux and Trey Rose led the Pioneers’ fourth-quarter comeback with solid defense and energy, said the coach.
“Julian Ibarra was a monster on the glass and had his most complete game of his young career, and filled up the stat sheet,” said Pearson. “Julian continues to improve and find ways to help our team.”
Ibarra led the Pioneers with 26 points on 55 percent shooting. He also had 18 rebounds, six steals, four assists and oen block.
Jovan Mercado chipped in 12 points, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, and showed “great leadership and direction while guarding Tonasket’s best player most of the night.”
Pearson praised his team for the way it responded to the challenge of a 15-point deficit.
“One thing I know about our kids is there is no quit in them – they love to compete and it showed (that) night in a big way.”
Omak stats – Jovan Mercado, 12 points; Trey Rose, 3 points, 4 rebounds; Jayden Andrews, 6 points, 3 rebounds; Kaiden Devereaux, 5 points, 2 rebounds; Xavier Devereaux, 5 points, 1 rebound; Julian Ibarra, 26 points, 18 rebounds; Jonny Stenberg, 2 points, 1 rebound; Genesi Arciniega, 4 points; Dalton Groomes.
Omak 12 17 12 22 63
Tonasket 20 19 17 2 58
Okanogan 73, St. George’s 45
Okanogan got off to a quick start, scoring 17 points on its first nine possessions en route to a 73-45 victory over St. George’s on Jan. 8 in Dawson Gym.
The Bulldogs played a solid 32-minutes at both ends of the floor, said coach Mike Carlquist.
Okanogan stats – Tyler Popelier, 9 points; Brad Ingram, 5 points; Jaden Radke, 10 points, 11 rebounds; Carson Boesel, 17 points, 9 assists; Grant Gillespie, 10 points, 4 assists; Chase Wilson, 16 points, 14 rebounds; Carter Kuchenbuch, 6 points; CJ Nelson.
Brewster 66, Omak 37
Brewster coach Michael Taylor said Omak came out playing hard and with good tempo, though the Bears prevailed 66-37 at home.
“We were much too inefficient on offense and were down two after the first half,” Taylor said. “In the second half, we kept up the intensity but played much better on offense, making good decisions and knocking in some shots.
“We built up a good lead by the end and came out with a good win at home versus a 1A school.”
Oroville 80, Inchelium 38
Oroville bounced back from a loss to Brewster with an 80-38 victory over Inchelium on Jan. 8 at home.
Noah Hilderbrand pumped in 25 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and had 14 assists to lead the team, said Oroville coach Jay Thacker. Isai Layata contributed 15 points and eighth-grader Tucker Acord had 17.
Oroville stats – Noah Hilderbrand, 25 points, 22 rebounds, 14 assists; Isai Layata, 15 points, 8 assists; Kolo Moser, 6; Anthony Wright, 2; Kane Booker, 7; Tommy Spikes, 8; Tucker Acord, 17.
Inchelium stats – Hoskie, 18; Phillips, 4; D. Finley, 8; T. Finley, 4; Signor, 3.
Okanogan 71, Lake Roosevelt 69 OT
Okanogan and Lake Roosevelt battled to a 71-69 finish in overtime Jan. 7 on the Raiders’ court with Okanogan taking the victory.
“Great, close game,” said Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist. LR played very well and hit big shots. (We were) happy to get out of there with a win, especially after they hit a deep three to send it to overtime at the buzzer.”
Okanogan stats – Tyler Popelier, 6 points, 9 rebounds; Jaden Radke, 14 points, 11 rebounds; Carson Boesel, 25 points, 10 rebounds; Grant Gillespie, 4 points, 5 assists; Chase Wilson, 10 points, 11 rebounds; Carter Kuchenbuch, 11 points, 8 rebounds; Brad Ingram.
Okanogan 72, Liberty Bell 44
Okanogan surged to a 27-10 lead after the first quarter, the cruised to a 72-44 win over Liberty Bell on Jan. 4 at home.
The Bulldogs shot 29-for-51 for the night, said coach Mike Carlquist.
Okanogan stats – Tyler Popelier, 9 points; Ryley Moore, 2 points; Jaden Radke, 14 points, 7 rebounds; Carson Boesel, 14 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists; Grant Gillespie, 7 points; Chase Wilson, 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists; Carter Kuchenbuch, 4 points; CJ Nelson, Lane Fingar, Grad Ingram.
Brewster 68, Oroville 32
Brewster hosted Oroville on Jan. 4 and pocketed a 68-32 win.
“Brewster came out and played really well defensively, getting 20 steals,” said Oroville coach Jay Thacker. “They also moved the ball really well, getting 21 assists as a team.”
Brewster coach Michael Taylor said his team didn’t know what to expect, since the two teams hadn’t met for two seasons.
“We knew Hilderbrand would be tough and that they would compete all 32 minutes,” he said. “We had a good defensive night and shot the ball well. It was a good league win and a much-needed one after losing the last two before break.”
Oroville scoring – Noah Hilderbrand, 17; Isai Layata, 3; Kolo Moser, 3; Tommy Spikes, 8.
Brewster scoring – Tyson Schertenleib, 6; Zane Madden, 8; Brady Wulf, 13; Reese Vassar, 7; Kelson Gebbers, 20; Adaih Najera, 6; Cort Gebbers, 9.
Okanogan 58, Deer Park 34
Chelan 73, Okanogan 55
Zillah 88, Brewster 80
Brewster 62, Lakewood 50
Bridgeport 68, Pateros 35
Bridgeport 64, Wilson Creek 44
ACH 66, Lake Roosevelt 65
Freeman 76, Liberty Bell 46
Davenport 68, Liberty Bell 32
Chelan 77, Tonasket 46
Republic 63, Pateros 43
Entiat 52, Pateros 26
Omak 60, ACH 49
Curlew 59, Columbia (Hunters) 25
ACH 69, Odessa 28
Inchelium 48, Columbia (Hunters) 44
Cusick 57, Curlew 33
Cusick 46, Republic 33