Photo by Patrick Shelby
Prosser’s Haden Hicks scores from just inside the baseline in Wednesday’s playoff against Ephrata.
As of Wednesday, February 13, 2019
PROSSER 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.