YAKIMA -- The Mabton boys had a chance to make big-time statements against a pair of big-time teams over the last two days at the SunDome.
Instead, the Vikings were left to wonder what could have been after a 57-44 loss to Nooksack Valley on Friday, ending their season.
Mabton struggled with shooting for the second straight day, hitting just 25 percent (14-of-56) against the Pioneers, who shot 53 percent thanks to some good ball movement and a big night from star guard Kyle Impero, who led all scorers with 27 points.
"It's the same story as yesterday. We got the shots we wanted, but if they don't fall, they don't fall," said Vikings coach Brock Ledgerwood.
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Impero started slowly, missing his first six shots as Mabton built a 12-10 lead after one quarter. But the 6-foot-3 senior canned 10 of his last 14, adding nine rebounds and three steals.
Kristian Carrasco was willing to take big shots for the Vikings, but he hit just 6 of 30 for 22 points. Still, an impressive effort from the smallest boys team -- even smaller than some girls teams -- at the tourney.
"I told the kids I'm so proud of what they accomplished. They leave it all on the floor," Ledgerwood said. "They should be proud of themselves. They were one of the best eight teams in the state."
MABTON -- Johnson 6, Kristian Carrasco 24, Huecias 6, Strickland 2, J.Sanchez 8, Chavez, Gutierrez, L.Sanchez, Maciel, Lopez, Revera, Cambron. Totals 14-56 12-17 44.
NOOKSACK VALLEY -- Tyl.Perry 4, Kyle Impero 27, Halbert, K.Handy 11, Salmonson 4, Roller 9, Gwinner, T.Handy 2, Tys.Perry. Totals 24-45 9-13 57.
Mabton 12 4 17 11 -- 44
Nooksack Valley 10 16 18 13 -- 57
Highlights--Rebounds: M 24 (Johnson 4, J.Sanchez 4, Chavez 4), NV 43 (Roller 11); 3-pointers: M 4x26 (Carrasco 4), NV 0x1; Turnovers: M 16, NV 26; Steals: M 12 (Huecias 5), NV 5 (Impero 3); Assists: M 5 (Huecias 4), NV 13 (Perry 5).