Grizzlies stay in the playoff chase

Knock off Davis in key Big 9 contest

Sunnyside’s Angel Garza blocks out Michael Gordon of Davis to gain rebounding position in Saturday’s victory.

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Sunnyside’s Angel Garza blocks out Michael Gordon of Davis to gain rebounding position in Saturday’s victory.


Trey Sanchez of Sunnyside hustles on defense as a Pirates’ player tries to push the ball out of backcourt.

— The Grizzlies boys basketball team pulled an upset Saturday by knocking off Davis 68-61.

In the process, the Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive. They improved to 5-4 in Big 9 play and 11-6 overall. Davis dropped to 6-3 and 10-6 overall.

The Pirates had a two-game lead over the Grizzlies heading into Saturday’s contest, but Sunnyside stifled the Davis attack by playing tough defensively throughout.

The Pirates were held to just two 3-point buckets.

Sunnyside also put the clamps on the Pirates’ leading scorer, Nick Navarro. Capable of putting up 30 points a game, Navarro was held to 16 on Saturday.

“Our boys played their hearts out,” coach Geoff LaBrant said.

Trey Sanchez led the Grizzlies with 22 points and teammate Angel Garza tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Art Palacios added 14 points and nine assists for Sunnyside.

“We needed at least one win this weekend to continue to shake up the Big 9 post season standings, and getting a win against Davis in our house is something that hasn’t happened in quite a while,” LaBrant said.

The Grizzlies especially needed the win because the previous night they fell 69-58 at West Valley.

The host Rams had success early from downtown, drilling four 3-pointers to grab an early 22-13 lead.

To make matters worse, the Grizzlies struggled with an off-shooting night.

“We had trouble getting finishes under the basket, missing lay-ups and high percentage shots” LaBrant said. “Our boys just didn’t come out with intensity and focus.”

Sunnyside got as close as seven points in the fourth quarter, but the effort exerted to climb back into the game proved too much and the Rams emerged victorious.

Sanchez led the Grizzlies with 25 points.

Justin Van De Brake scored 33 for West Valley and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

This Friday the Grizzlies host Moses Lake, also 5-4 in league play, in the regular season home finale. Seniors from the boys and girls teams will be recognized before both games.


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