Boys basketball: Pasco locks up No. 2 seed

February 1, 2013 

The Pasco Bulldogs completed their miracle run to the No. 2 seed Friday, holding off Southridge 63-56 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game.

The Bulldogs finish the regular season tied with Walla Walla in league play, but Pasco gets the No. 2 seed based on quality wins. Pasco beat Hanford, while Walla Walla was swept by the Richland school.

“We were in the grave,” Pasco coach Charlie Villanueva said. “We had lost eight in a row at one point. It’s very exciting, especially coming back from the dead.”

On Friday, Julian Figueroa scored 19 points and Miguel Torres added 14 as Pasco built a big lead.

Southridge rallied behind a four-point play and a three-point play in the final minutes. Spencer Vorheis had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns.

Pasco will host the winner of Walla Walla and Chiawana at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game. The winner will play at Richland on Saturday, and both of those teams will advance to the District 5/8 Tournament against the Greater Spokane League.

SOUTHRIDGE — Austin Molt 19, Mandel 3, Vorheis 12, Farrell, Getchell 4, Lopia 4, Haberling 11, Cross, Shafer 4.

PASCO — Brown 4, Arroyo 2, Julian Figueroa 19, Cardoza 9, Ballardo 2, Miller 13, Torres 14, Murillo, Young, Cruz, Sprinkle.

Southridge 9 8 17 22 — 56

Pasco 12 13 19 19 — 63

Highlights — Vorheis 11 rebounds.

Walla Walla 41, Chiawana 40: The Riverhawks had a layup attempt rim out in the final second, as they dropped a Mid-Columbia Conference home game to the Blue Devils.

The teams will play again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Walla Walla in a District 5 tournament elimination game.

On Friday, Chiawana shot 11-of-23 from the free-throw line in the loss.

Wesley Henderson’s 14 points and seven rebounds led Chiawana. Sam Arias’ nine points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks led Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — Tanner Cranor 17, Toon, Klicker, Porter 8, Thonney, Eggerts 3, Hogan 2, Millman, Arias 9, Gilmore 2, Warriner. Totals 16-46 7-13 41.

CHIAWANA — Wesley Henderson 14, Cazier 2, Avery 8, Wren 9, Mendoza 2, Rousch, Briones 4, Koval 1, Ellsworth. Totals 12-49 11-23 40.

Walla Walla 8 10 11 12 — 41

Chiawana 5 10 13 12 — 40

Highlights — Sam Arias 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4 steals. Kaden Cazier 9 rebounds, Henderson 7 rebounds, Jesse Briones 6 steals.

Hanford 58, Kennewick 46: Joe Douglas scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the host Falcons to a Mid-Columbia Conference victory over the Lions.

Matt Jones scored 10 points, filling in for Nick Dobken in the starting lineup. Dobken is out with a back injury, but could be back in time for the playoffs.

Mitchel Mueller’s 11 points led the Lions.

KENNEWICK — Mitchel Mueller 11, J. Wuol, Rutledge 2, Fernandez 3, Westover 4, Bugel 4, Dewitt 4, Molnez 3, Conde 2, Plew 3, Ramos 8, Y. Wuol 2.

HANFORD — Joe Douglas 16, K. Watson 2, Jones 10, Sutey 8, Heid 6, Hannu, DeVine 8, J. Watson 8.

Kennewick 12 13 11 10 — 46

Hanford 13 20 10 15 — 58

Highlights — Douglas 14 rebounds, J. Watson 10 assists.

Sunnyside 66, Eisenhower 57: Trey Serl scored 25 points to lead the Grizzlies past the visiting Cadets in a CBBN matchup.

SUNNYSIDE — Salmeron 3, Salmeron, Daley, Fernandez 14, Trey Serl 25, Amaro 6, Spini 16, Lugo 2.

Eisenhower 14 13 18 12 — 57

Sunnyside 11 23 15 17 — 66

Ellensburg 63, Othello 41: Ryan Rodriguez scored 10 points and Trevor Walker added nine as the Huskies lost a CWAC home game.

ELLENSBURG — Legard 12, Garrett Hull 26, Kaskey 1, Vogler 10, Sparling 6, Walker 5, Brardoless 1, Leach 2.

OTHELLO — Cantu 5, Garza 3, Walker 9, Hall 5, Ryan Rodriguez 10, Weis 3, Salisbury 2, Peterson 4.

Ellensburg 19 16 13 15 — 63

Othello 10 10 8 13 — 41

River View 32, Connell 31: River View’s Terran Brown had seven points, tying for the game high with Connell’s Carter Chase and Gage Taylor, and the Panthers clinched the SCAC East’s No. 2 district seed by edging the Eagles at home.

River View outscored Connell 26-15 over the second and third quarters before having to hold off the Eagles in the fourth.

CONNELL — Holst 4, Davidson 6, Erickson 2, Carter Chase 7, Gage Taylor 7, Hopkins 5, Borgans, Li.

RIVER VIEW — Terran Brown 7, Bartlett 1, Thomas 2, Moore 3, Marshall 3, Hand 2, Cooper 3, Rogers 5, Anderson 4, Weatherby 2, Williamson.

Connell 8 8 7 8 — 31

River View 4 14 12 2 — 32

Kiona-Benton 37, Columbia (Burbank) 33: Cristian Aguilar had 11 points and nine rebounds and Mick Phelps added nine points as the host Bears received a double dose of good news.

Ki-Be clinched the SCAC East title and top seed into next week’s district playoff. Also, the Bears saw the return of point guard Anfernee Cortez to the lineup, seven weeks removed from breaking his foot.

Chris Ryckman led Burbank with 11 points.

COLUMBIA-BURBANK — Chris Ryckman 11, McBride 2, Koopman 6, Mejia, Wattenberger, Boulds 2, Barajas, Miller 7, Romm 5.

KIONA-BENTON — Cristian Aguilar 11, A. Cortez 5, T. Cortez, Cisneros, Garcia 8, Solorzano, Phelps 9, Christensen 4.

Columbia (Burbank) 15 4 6 8 — 33

Kiona-Benton 9 11 10 7 — 37

Highlights — Aguilar 9 rebounds.

Royal 50, Warden 37: Warden has no answered for Royal’s 6-foot-5 Reed Leffler, who poured in 20 points to lead the Royals to an SCAC East victory on the road.

Nate Cole, Garritt Marks and Jerry Reyes all had eight points for Warden, while Ozzy Alba had eight rebounds and five steals.

ROYAL — Ch.Christenson 2, Westcove, Dixon 10, Reed Leffler 20, Ri.Leffler 9, Ca.Christenson 2, Mead, K.Christenson 7.

WARDEN — L.Reyes 4, Agaton 2, Nate Cole 8, Alba 2, Shuler 5, Garritt Marks 8, Kisler, Jerry Reyes 8.

Royal 13 14 11 12 — 50

Warden 11 11 10 5 — 37

Highlights — Ozzy Alba 8 rebs, 5 steals.

Tri-Cities Prep 63, Asotin 52: Josh Guajardo’s 21 points, five assists and five steals led the Jaguars to a Southeast 2B home victory.

Brady BreSteeg added three points and 14 rebounds for Tri-Cities Prep.

ASOTIN — Martinez, Steiner 3, Hollingshead 10, Madden 7, Craw 2, Magnuson 17, Whitmore, Swearing 2, Scheide 11.

TRI-CITIES PREP — Perez 7, Hinckson 5, Larson 1, Loftus, Montelongo 2, Josh Guajardo 21, BreSteeg 3, Peterson 6, G. Guajardo 14, Ledesma 4.

Asotin 8 16 15 13 — 52

Tri-Cities Prep 11 9 21 22 — 63

Highlights — BreSteeg 14 rebounds, Ledesma 14 rebounds, J. Guajardo 5 assists, 5 steals; Anthony Perez 5 steals.

Liberty Christian 44, Tekoa-Oakesdale 33: Isaiah Ojeda scored 14 points, and Jared Hoey finished with 13 to lead the Patriots to a Southeast 1B road victory.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN — Isaiah Ojeda 14, Peterson 5, Olson 7, Morris 3, Lindquist 2, Hoey 13, Steele, Koglin.

TEKOA-OAKESDALE — Angelo 4, Max Mueller 14, Doneen 5, Johnson 4, Pluff 6, Neill, Hanson, Dingman, Erickson.

Liberty Christian 9 14 8 13 — 44

Tekoa-Oakesdale 14 5 7 7 — 33

Highlights — Ojeda 5 steals; Peterson 5 assists; Olson 4 assists.

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