Columbia Basin College

CBC men, women win at home vs. TVCC

PASCO -- The Columbia Basin College men's and women's basketball teams showed Wednesday night that there's more to them than the five players on the court.

Both squads used deep benches as keys to NWAACC East victories over visiting Treasure Valley, with the men winning a 69-68 thriller and the women rolling to a 59-44 verdict.

"Just coming into this season, we knew we had depth (on the roster)," said CBC backup guard Juan De La Garza, a Wahluke graduate. "Each person knows their role."

De La Garza sank two free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining to give CBC the lead for good at 69-68.

"Dang," he said. "I struggled all game with my shot, so I figured I had to come up with something good at the end."

CBC men's coach Rolando Garcia, whose team improves to 2-0 in East play, 5-8 overall, is ready to give his team a name.

"The Cardiac Kids? I'd go with that," Garcia said. "Treasure Valley came into the game with a great game plan. We escaped tonight."

The Hawks spent much of the game trying to stop 6-foot-7 Chukars post man Steven Larson, who scored a game-high 32 points -- 16 of those from the free-throw line.

Garcia threw a number of players at Larson, and perhaps the one who did the most damage was Mark Wilson. The sophomore from Liberty Christian came off the bench and did what he could against Larson, but he exploded on the offensive end, scoring 18 points.

"I am so proud of Mark," Garcia said. "He had been struggling as of late offensively and with turnovers."

Wilson was just one of a number of key bench players for the Hawks. CBC's bench outscored Treasure Valley's 34-9. And the Hawks got 21 points off turnovers, compared to just two for the Chukars.

Still, it came down to the final shot again.

With the Hawks trailing 68-67 and with the ball, De La Garza was run over by the Chukars' Tevan Anderson while trying to set a pick with 9.3 seconds left.

He sank both shots to give CBC the 69-68 lead.

Treasure Valley brought the ball up court, but instead of getting it in to Larson, Kriff Jensen launched a 3-point attempt that hit short on the front of the rim.

CBC's Wes Beusan scrambled for the ball, rolling it to Wilson as time expired.

Mitchell Jones had 16 points for the Hawks, while Jordon Poynor added 12.

TREASURE VALLEY (68)

Kriff Jensen 1-8 0-0 3, Jordan Hosteen 3-6 3-4 9, Davaughn Fleck 1-3 8-8 10, Kade Olson 1-4 2-2 5, Steve Larson 8-13 16-18 32, Jose Paramo 1-1 0-0 3, Sy Nebeker 1-4 0-0 2, Tevan Anderson 0-0 4-4 4, Royal Stock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-39 33-36 68.

COLUMBIA BASIN (69)

Roman Pruneda-Garza 0-2 0-0 0, Mitchell Jones 4-14 7-7 16, Jordon Poynor 4-11 2-4 12, Jeren Sinsel 2-5 0-0 4, Wes Beusan 1-6 1-2 3, Mark Wilson 8-13 2-2 18, Juan De La Garza 1-5 3-5 5, Austin Wassmuth 3-10 0-0 7, Roland Barbaza 0-3 0-0 0, Daniel Igbinoba 0-4 0-0 0, Spencer Bolt 2-5 0-0 4, Brady Haynes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-78 15-20 69.

Halftime--TVCC 32-28. 3-point goals--TVCC 3-10 (Paramo 1-1, Olson 1-2, Jensen 1-5, Fleck 0-1, Nebeker 0-1); CBC 4-24 (Poynor 2-6, Wassmuth 1-6, Jones 1-7, Wilson 0-1, De La Garza 0-4). Rebounds--TVCC 42 (Hosteen 9), CBC 37 (Jones 5, Wilson 5). Assists--TVCC 3 (Jensen 2), CBC 12 (Pruneda-Garza 3). Turnovers--TVCC 25, CBC 11. Fouls--TVCC 17, CBC 25. Fouled out--Fleck, Pruneda-Garza.

CBC women 59, Treasure Valley 44

CBC coach Cheryl Holden saw her team go to 2-0 in East play and 13-0 overall.

But she was far from happy. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, Holden called this game a 6 or a 7.

"I think we can play better defense, especially outside," Holden said. "I'm so about defense. When there are breakdowns, it really bothers me."

What she did get was some good interior defensive play from Lauren Walker, Tiffany Idler and Hanford graduate Jorie Freeman.

And it was Freeman and Idler who helped put this game away.

With 2 minutes remaining in the first half, and CBC leading 25-21, Idler scored four points and Freeman another basket to close out the half on a 6-2 run to lead 31-23 at intermission.

Then the Hawks then opened the second half with a 10-2 run -- Freeman with four points and an assist to Idler; Idler two points and an assist to Freeman -- to put the game away at 41-25.

The CBC bench outscored Treasure Valley's 29-10 for the game.

"I thought our bench did a great job tonight," Holden said. "In the second half I started the kids who got us going at the end of the first half."

That would include Freeman, who relishes her role of Super Sub and finished with 14 points.

"I like coming off of the bench," Freeman said. "I feel I play better that way. But everybody works hard for their playing time on this team."

Trishi Williams led CBC with 15 points. Erica Greenwood paced the Chukars with 14.

TREASURE VALLEY (44)

Erica Greenwood 3-10 8-10 14, Hailey Hinton 1-4 0-0 2, Lacey Jones 1-7 2-3 4, Hailey Schmidt 1-2 0-0 2, Alicia Johnson 5-9 2-4 12, Madie Kimball 4-11 0-0 8, Brook Nielson 1-1 0-0 2, Camelle Sizemore 0-2 0-0 0, Meghan Schram 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-48 12-17 44.

COLUMBIA BASIN (59)

Trishi Williams 5-13 4-4 15, Ana Jiminez 0-5 1-4 1, Andrea Bland 0-2 2-2 2, Lauren Walker 3-6 0-2 6, Tiffany Idler 3-3 0-2 6, Reina Malito 3-3 0-0 7, Haley Strom 0-1 0-0 0, Sharaysa Stewart 0-4 0-0 0, Lacey Young 1-1 0-0 2, Kylie Rail 3-6 0-0 6, Jorie Freeman 5-8 4-4 14. Totals 23-52 11-18 59.

Halftime--CBC 31-23. 3-point goals--TVCC 0-7 (Hinton 0-1, Jones 0-1, Greenwood 0-2, Kimball 0-3); CBC 2-7 (Malito 1-1, Williams 1-1, Jiminez 0-1, Strom 0-1, Stewart 0-3). Rebounds--TVCC 32 (Schram 7), CBC 40 (Rail 5). Assists--TVCC 11 (Greenwood 7), CBC 12 (Jiminez 3, Williams 3). Turnovers--TVCC 25, CBC 25. Fouls--TVCC 15, CBC 18.

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