Mustangs secure bid for District title

Prosser’s Haden Hicks scores from just inside the baseline in Wednesday’s playoff against Ephrata.

Photo by Patrick Shelby
Prosser’s Haden Hicks scores from just inside the baseline in Wednesday’s playoff against Ephrata.



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Nick Williams of the Mustangs waits for an Ephrata defender to clear the basket before tossing the ball into the net.

— The Prosser Mustangs (12-8) opened up Wednesday’s game on a 9-0 run and never broke stride as they ran past the Ephrata Tigers (11-9) 82-71 in the Central Washington Athletic Conference District 5/6 playoffs, paving the way for a championship title bid.

The following night, the Mustangs ousted Ellensburg for the chance to play Selah next Tuesday in the championship game at the Yakima Valley SunDome at 7:30 p.m.

PHS Head Coach Toby Cox said it was a good battle against Ephrata. The team had great energy, and everyone stepped up.

The Mustangs broke out of the gate and led 43-30 at halftime. The Tigers crept within 10 to start the fourth quarter and would not be able to get any closer over the final 8:00.

PHS junior Saul Quinones led all scorers with 19 points, Hayden Hicks contributed 16, Will Weinnman added 11 and Liiroy Rivera chipped in 10 to lead a well-balanced attack.

The Mustangs, on Thursday, outscored the Bulldogs 16-11 and 19-16 in the opening half for a 35-27 lead at the intermission.

They kept the momentum in their favor in the second half, outscoring Ellensburg 23-15 and 24-22 in the final two periods.

Hicks drilled the basket for a game-high 30 points, and Quinones scored 12.

Mustangs forced 15 turnovers and held Steele Venters of the Bulldogs to 16 points.

At the charity stripe, Prosser was 21-of-24.



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