SCAC boys district roundup: Kiona-Benton beats Highland 51-49

February 7, 2013 

The Kiona-Benton boys got off to a dramatic start in district play.

Cristian Aguilar scored 20 points and hit a free throw with no time on the clock to send the game into overtime, helping the Bears to a 51-49 win over visiting Highland on Thursday night in the opener of the Class 1A District 5 tournament.

“It was back-and-forth,” said Ki-Be coach Jack Rose. “There were a bunch of lead changes and ties in the second half.”

The Bears advance to the district semifinals and will face Granger on Saturday.

Ki-Be got off to a slow start defensively as Highland’s Faustino Uriesteyai found a path to the basket for seven of his 10 points during the Scotties’ 20-point first quarter.

“They just shot real well,” Rose said. “We just knew who their scorers were, saw what they were doing and adjusted.”

Mick Phelps added 11 points for the Bears. Devin Cable led Highland with 12.

HIGHLAND — Devin Cable 12, Ruiz 2, Wise 6, Stohr 10, Rasmussen 5, Uriesteyai 10, Burns.
KIONA-BENTON — Cristian Aguilar 20, A. Cortez 7, T. Cortez 7, Solorzano, Phelps 11, Christensen 6.
Highland 20 6 13 8 2 — 49
Kiona-Benton 12 12 12 11 4 — 51

Naches Valley 56, River View 45: Mike Anderson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the host Panthers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a cold second quarter and a hot shooter for the Rangers.

Cameron Walker scored eight of his 24 points in the second quarter for Naches, which outscored River View 15-5 in the period to take a 22-14 lead at the half.

“We had no answer for him,” said Panthers coach Roger Sonderland, noting that his squad got off to another slow start offensively. “Which has been the story for us most of the year.”

River View faces a loser-out game with Connell on Saturday.

NACHES VALLEY — Cameron Walker 24, Martin 11, Swain 11, Callahan 4, Upton 4, Collier 2, Wells.
RIVER VIEW — Mike Anderson 15, Bartlett 5, Williamson 4, Hand 5, Rogers 7, Jaranill 2, Cooper, Marshall 1, Moore, Thomas, Simpson, Brown 6.
Naches 7 15 6 18 — 56
River View 9 5 13 18 — 45

Highlights — Anderson 12 rebounds.

Granger 58, Columbia (Burbank) 38: A string of late turnovers doomed the Coyotes in their Class 1A District 5 opener against the host Spartans.

Trailing 36-32 with six minutes to play, Columbia (Burbank) made four consecutive turnovers, and before the Coyotes knew it, they were down by 12.

“It was one of those things where we weren’t playing well, but we were hanging around,” Coyotes coach Todd Schumacher said. “Those four turnovers led to easy baskets, and (the lead) grew to 12, and it just got away from us.”

Chris Ryckman finished with 10 points for the Coyotes, who will host Highland at 2 p.m. Saturday in a loser-out game.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — McBride 7, Koopman 6, Boulds 5, Scrimsher 2, Miller 2, Romm 6, Chris Ryckman 10, Barajas, Mejia, Scott, Wattenburger.
GRANGER — Pacheco 20, Castro 2, Equihua 2, Marquez 7, Esau Cervantes 24, Ochoa 3, Brown, Ely, Palomares, Ramirez.
Columbia (Burbank) 9 10 11 8 — 38
Granger 14 12 10 22 — 58

Zillah 67, Connell 53: The visiting Eagles got off to a strong start and got good production up and down the lineup, but they couldn’t hold off the top-ranked Leopards.

Brady Widner scored 23 points and Justin Dunsmore 17 as Zillah notched its 20th win.

Carter Chase led four Connell players in double figures wiht 13 points. Gage Taylor added 11, while Brennan Holst and Tanner Erickson each scored 10.

The Eagles face a loser-out game against River View on Saturday.

CONNELL — Brennan Holst 10, Davidson 3, Tanner Erickson 10, Borgens, Li, Carter Chase 13, Gage Taylor 11, Syrie 2, Hopkins 4.
ZILLAH — Burge, Slack 7, Whitaker, McKay 9, Salinas, Garcia, Elizondo 4, Ellis, Brady Widner 23, Calhoun 7, Justin Dunsmore 17, Watlamet.
Connell 16 15 11 11 — 53
Zillah 12 18 21 16 — 67

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