Garza scores 1,000th career point


Diego Garza of Mabton gets closer to his 1,000th point as he shoots a 2-pointer against Liberty Christian.

— In spite of its best efforts, the Vikings boys basketball team lost 48-63 to Liberty Christian last night.

The team did have something to celebrate. Diego Garza scored his 1,000th career point midway through the fourth quarter.

He reached the milestone with a 3-point shot and led the team with a game high 26 points on the night.

Also scoring in double digits for the Vikings was Adrian Enriquez with 10 points.

Teammate Jose Morales led the team at the glass, hauling in 11 rebounds.

For the Patriots, it was Riley Sullivan who scored a team high 17 points. Nico Shupe tallied 14 and Noah Olsen scored 10.

The Patriots outscored their hosts 19-7 in the first period and kept the momentum going with a 16-10 second quarter. The visitors had a 35-17 halftime lead.

Mabton bested its opponent in the second half, with both teams scoring 16 points in the third stanza and the Vikings outscoring Liberty Christian 15-12 in the final.

It wasn’t, however, enough to eliminate the deficit.

The Vikings have two more games before the conclusion of the regular season. Friday, they host DeSales. Saturday, they travel to Dayton.

Mabton lost 34-57 to DeSales in their last meeting, and its only win of the season was at home against Dayton, 59-45.

Grandview 48, Wapato 68

WAPATO — The Grandview boys basketball team (2-14, 2-16) suffered another loss, 48-68, to the Central Washington Athletic Conference’s No. 3 team, Wapato last night.

With two of their top players on the injured reserve list — Gabe Esqueda and Marc Martinez — the Greyhounds relied heavily on younger players.

Reese Ramos, a junior, scored a team high 15 points.

Wapato’s Dejuan Davis scored a game high 20 points.

The Wolves jumped out ahead, 19-11, in the first quarter.

The Greyhounds narrowed the lead with a 17-15 second quarter showing for a halftime score of 34-28 in favor of the hosts.

Wapato wasn’t willing to give in, posting a 21-10 third quarter and 13-10 fourth period score for the win.

Ellensburg 52, Prosser 57

PROSSER — The Mustangs boys basketball team defeated Ellensburg 57-52 last night, but remains No. 5 behind the Bulldogs in the Central Washington Athletic Conference with a 9-8, 10-9 record.

“Very good game tonight,” Prosser coach Toby Cox said.

He said the teams battled back and forth, and it was a fourth-quarter run that secured the win.

In the final quarter, Teagan Cox scored 14 of his 25 points.

The Mustangs led 11-10 at the end of the first period, Ellensburg took the lead (26-23) with a 16-12 second quarter and left Prosser in a 45-33 deficit thanks to a 19-10 third period showing.

But, the Mustangs dug deep and outscored the Bulldogs 24-7 for the win in the final stanza.

Chase Courtney contributed with a double double — 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“I am really happy with the team,” coach Cox said.


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