Boys hoops action filled with dramatic wins

Teams deliver in nailbiters Saturday

Jose Morales of the Vikings stops to eye the basket for a 2-point shot as Knights player Chance Marsh readjusts on the defense.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Jose Morales of the Vikings stops to eye the basket for a 2-point shot as Knights player Chance Marsh readjusts on the defense.


Mabton’s Freddy Macedo tries to move the ball past Cade Bosma of the Knights.

Both the Sunnyside Christian Knights and Sunnyside Grizzlies boys basketball teams won their Saturday games.

The Knights defeated host Mabton, 83-34, while the Grizzlies won their match-up against Couer d’Alene, 74-71, in overtime.

Prosser defeated host Grandview by a score of 85-76.


The Knights took an early 24-7 first-quarter lead and continued to outscore the Vikings 23-10, 16-11 and 20-6 in the next three stanzas.

“Kerry and his team did a great job of controlling the ball,” Sunnyside Christian coach Dean Wagenaar said.

The Vikings are young and worked hard, he said.

“It was a physical game,” Wagenaar said.

Two of the Knights had double doubles.

Brennan Rip scored 12 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

Teammate Cade Bosma scored 11 points and collected 10 boards.

Scoring a game high 16 points was Luke Wagenaar. He collected 8 rebounds and dished the ball for 6 assists.

Lucas Dykstra tallied 14 points. He also had 5 boards and 5 steals.

Jose Morales scored a team high 10 points for the Vikings.


Couer d’Alene started Saturday’s non-league match-up against the Grizzlies with an 18-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Grizzlies battled to tie the game 31-all at the half, outscoring Couer d’Alene 14-13.

In the third stanza, Sunnyside fell behind as the host team scored 22 points to the Grizzlies’ 18.

Rallying in the fourth for a 19-15 quarter, the Grizzlies tied the game at 68 points apiece.

In overtime, Sunnyside surged ahead, 6-3, for the win.

The Grizzlies were led by Trey Sanchez’s 35 points, improving the team’s record to 5-0.

Art Palacios scored 11 points, provided 6 assists and had 4 steals.

Teammate Derrick Escamilla hauled in 8 rebounds and scored 8 points, while Daniel Singleterry had 5 boards and 9 points.


The Mustangs and Greyhounds battled in what is considered a friendly rivalry.

The Mustangs fell behind, 18-10, to their hosts in the first quarter.

Grandview kept its momentum in the second, outscoring the Mustangs, 27-26 for a 45-36 halftime score.

“It was a rough first half with turnovers,” Prosser coach Toby Cox said.

The Mustangs dug themselves “a pretty deep hole,” he said.

Grandview continued to lead in the third stanza with an 18-17 scoring advantage.

“But, we came back in the fourth quarter,” Cox said.

The Mustangs outscored the Greyhounds, 32-13, to clinch the 9-point victory.

Cox said Teegan Cox and Haden Hicks were largely responsible for pulling out the win, dishing 12 and 11 points respectively in the final stanza.

Hicks scored a game high 30 points and Cox scored a total of 18. Cox was 8-for-9 from the charity stripe.

Hicks scored five 3-point shots and was 9-for-12 from the free throw line.

Also scoring in double digits was Chase Courtney with 16 points.

“I’m very proud of the kids keeping composure and fighting their way back to get the road win,” coach Cox said.

In addition to his scoring, Hicks hauled in 9 boards. Courtney had 6 rebounds and Calvin Maljaars collected 9.

Contributing to the win with 9 points was Israel Olivarez, Andre Vanguardia with 7 points, Maljaars with 4 and Cristian Campos with a free throw basket.

Reese Ramos led the Greyhounds with 23 points. He was 13-for-16 from the free throw line.

Teammate Gabe Esqueda delivered the ball into the basket for 16 points and had 4 boards.

Rocco Parrish scored 15 points, 12 of which were from beyond the 3-point arc. He also collected 7 boards.

Alex Ledesma scored 7 points, Jordan Mendoza and Julian Trinidad tallied 6 apiece, and Nate Garza added 3 points to the Greyhounds’ effort.


The Pirates hosted Granger’s JV squad Saturday and prevailed, 58-35.

Bickleton opened the game with an 11-9 first-quarter lead.

The Pirates outscored the Spartans, 13-5, in the second stanza, and continued the upward momentum with a 19-11 third quarter.

In the final stanza, the Pirates clinched the win scoring 15 points to Granger’s 10.

Scoring a game high 20 points for the Pirates was Cesareo Arriaga. He had a double double with 26 rebounds and he had 3 steals.

Christian Arriaga tallied 12 for the Pirates, and teammate Cody Strader had 9 points, 10 boards, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

Johnny Ornelas led the Spartans with 12 points.


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