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Airik Palacios of Sunnyside drops in a trey Friday.

— Just three of six boys basketball teams representing the Lower Yakima Valley had a winning weekend.

Granger and Mabton won each of their single weekend games, and Sunnyside Christian came out on top at both its games.

Sunnyside, Prosser and Bickleton each split their weekend games.

Sunnyside Christian

The Knights hosted and defeated Lyle, 73-23, Friday, and won at Bickleton, 84-36, Saturday.

Cade Bosma led the charge Saturday, scoring 16 against the Pirates. He scored 14 points against the Cougars Friday.

A game high 19 points was tallied by Luke Dykstra Friday. He scored 9 points Saturday.

Also in double digits Friday were Kyler Marsh with 12 points and Chance Marsh with 10. The brothers scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, against Bickleton.

Ross Faber scored 11 points against the Pirates. He had 7 rebounds and 5 steals against the Cougars.

The team improved its record to 5-0 in league, 11-1 overall.


After winning Friday’s home affair against West Valley, 64-62, Sunnyside coach Geoff LaBrant knew Saturday’s game at Davis would be challenging.

The Pirates proved him correct, winning 71-58.

Against West Valley, the Grizzlies battled from the onset. They outscored the Rams 19-12, 16-13 in the first half for a 35-25 lead.

West Valley outscored its host 20-8 to take a 45-43 lead. The Grizzlies rallied to outscore the Rams, 21-17, in the final to seal the win.

“We had a good night,” LaBrant said. “It was a really impressive game.”

The game was decided in the final 34 seconds. The teams were tied, Sunnyside dished the ball to Art Palacios, he scored and the Grizzlies defense held off an offensive attack by West Valley to prevail.

Scoring was spread out among several teammates. Trey Sanchez scored 13 points, Will Bowman scored 12, Derrick Escamilla tallied 11, and the Palacios brothers — Art and Airik — each contributed 8, as did Taran Perez.

At Davis, Sanchez scored 14 points, Airik Palacios scored 13, Art Palacios and Perez each tallied 11.


The Mustangs lost 56-55 to Toppenish on Friday and won, 74-61, against Ephrata Saturday.

After losing by one point Friday, coach Ryan Allen added a morning practice to the schedule Saturday.

“Everyone contributed,” Allen said following the Tigers game.

Noah Flores, Nate Brown and Scott Blakney scored 15 points each. Flores had 7 rebounds, Brown had 11, Blakney had 7 and Logan Hatfield had 9 at Ephrata.

The prior night, Brown scored a game high 27 points and Blakney scored 14. Brown also had 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 deflections, while Blakney had 8 boards and 7 deflections.

Allen was pleased with Saturday’s win. “When we spread it out, we’re a difficult team to handle.”


The Vikings had a slow start against Walla Walla Valley Academy.

The Knights commanded the first half, having a 32-22 halftime lead. Mabton rallied in the second half, outscoring its hosts, 43-29, to take the win.

Diego Garza and Max Ruiz led the team. All of Garza’s 20 points were scored in the second half. Ruiz scored 19 points.

Also scoring in double digits was T.J. Benavidez with 10.

Luis Amezcua was heralded as the team’s defensive leader with 2 blocks and 5 rebounds.

“He was our energy all night on the defensive end,” Vikings coach Kerry Griffin said.


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