Kiona-Benton boys basketball holds off upset-minded Royal

By the Tri-City HeraldFebruary 2, 2013 

Anfernee Cortez hit a free throw with 9 seconds remaining to lift Kiona-Benton to a 49-48 win over upset-minded Royal in their SCAC East regular-season finale Saturday in Royal City.

In his second game back from a broken foot, Cortez finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals. He returned for Friday night’s game against Columbia (Burbank).

“He had five points, but it was a huge boost for us,” Ki-Be coach Jack Rose said. “He’s a really good player.”

Cortez will be on the court when the Bears open district play as the SCAC East’s No. 1 seed Thursday night.
KIONA-BENTON — Anfernee Cortez 14, T. Cortez 9, Garcia 5, Aguilar 7, Solorzano 1, Phelps 9, Christensen 4.
ROYAL — Dixon 10, Reed Lefler 19, C. Christensen 15, K. Christensen 4, Ri. Lefler, Westcott.
Kiona-Benton 9 14 13 10 — 49
Royal 19 8 8 13 — 48
Highlights — A. Cortez 5 rebounds, 4 steals.

Columbia-Burbank 39, River View 29: The Coyotes used a strong defensive effort to notch a big win on Senior Night in Burbank, topping their SCAC East rival Panthers.

Burbank fell behind 10-8 after the first quarter but held River View to just seven points over the next two quarters to build a 31-17 lead.

“We were in full-court press most of the game. It was typical stuff for us, scrapping and hustling around,” Coyotes coach Todd Schumacher said. “A lot of different guys stepped up with clutch shots when we needed to stop a run.”

Burbank also slid past Connell for the No. 3 seed to the SCAC district tournament beginning Thursday. Jesse Romm led the Coyotes with nine points, while Mike Anderson and Dakota Rogers each had six for River View.
RIVER VIEW — Brown 3, Bartlett 2, Thomas, Moore 3, Williamson 1, Marshall 1, Hand 3, Cooper 4, Dakota Rogers 6, Mike Anderson 6.
COLUMBIA BURBANK — McBride 8, Wattenberger 4, Koopman, Mejia 2, Scott, Boulds 5, Barajas 2, Scrimsher, Miller 4, Jesse Romm 9, Ryckman 5.
River View 10 2 5 12 — 29
Columbia-Burbank 8 13 10 8 — 39

Prosser 65, Othello 41: Mason Schutt scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Mustangs’ CWAC home victory over the Huskies. Trevor Walker led Othello with 18 points, but the Huskies fell behind 41-21 by halftime.
OTHELLO — Cantu 3, Lind 2, Trevor Walker 18, Hall 5, Rodriguez 9, Salisbury 2, Petersen 2, Weise, Martinez, Gomez.
PROSSER — Jensen 2, Durbin 6, Raap 3, Mason Schutt 21, Kilian 5, Frank 7, Flores 7, Hoefer 2, Hamilton 11, Blair 1, Aaberg.
Othello 12 9 9 11 — 41
Prosser 21 20 13 11 — 65
Highlights — Schutt 11 rebounds; Prosser 11-13 FTs.

Grandview 69, Toppenish 59: The Greyhounds benefited from the good works of Isaiah as Isaiah Ruiz scored 25 points and Isaiah Gonzalez 17 in the CWAC home win.
TOPPENISH — Randy Isadore 25, Jimenez, Haylor 9, Pacheco 11, Gregg, Geynolds 6, Lopez, Perez, Groudy, Stauffer 8.
GRANDVIEW — Isaiah Ruiz 25, Saenz 5, Abonza, Saldana 2, Schrank 7, Gonzalez 17, Carpenter 11, Cornjeo 2, Dailey.
Toppenish 13 10 10 26 — 59
Grandview 17 22 16 14 — 69

Dayton 57, TC Prep 55: Wyatt Frame scored 30 points, and Chris Ramirez hit a buzzer-beating jumper to lift the Bulldogs to a Southeast 2B road win over the Jaguars.

Prep tied the score at 55 with 11 seconds left in the game, setting up one last chance for Dayton, which called a timeout with five seconds remaining. Ramirez got open at the high post and drilled an elbow jumper with less than a second to go.

“It was a good shot,” said Jags coach Joe Perez.

Dayton guard Wyatt Frame led all scorers with 30 points. Jorge Guajardo led Tri-City with 16, while his brother Josh scored 11.
DAYTON — Hayes, Hinrich 2, Sanchez 2, Ian Smay, Lambert 3, Wyatt Frame 30, Hayes, Wagner, Chris Ramirez 19.
TRI-CITY PREP — Perez 5, Hingson 2, Larson 3, Loftus, Montelongo, Josh Guajardo 11, Brady Versteeg 4, Peterson 7, Jorge Guajardo 16, Ledesma 7.
Dayton 10 18 19 10 — 57
TC Prep 13 14 14 14 — 55
Highlights — Ledesma 6 rebs; Josh Guajardo 5 steals; Jorge Guajardo 4 rebs, 4 steals.

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