High School Sports

CBBN boys: Ike ends Southridge's season

KENNEWICK -- While the Eisenhower and Southridge boys basketball teams played Saturday in Kennewick to decide who would keep their postseason hopes alive, Robert Bonser and Derek Porter fought a more personal battle underneath the basket.

Which big man could carry his team into the upcoming 4A Eastern Regionals?

Bonser, a 6-foot-5 senior post, ended up winning the battle, scoring a game-high 28 points to lift the Cadets to a 73-60 victory, but his back-and-forth slugfest with Porter, the Suns' junior center, provided a memorable centerpiece to an energy-filled CBBN district elimination game.

Bonser scored 24 points in the second half and added nine rebounds to give Eisenhower (17-7) a rematch against Richland (19-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Art Dawald Gym.

The Suns (10-14) ended their return to the postseason on a losing note but took pride in nearly erasing an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit.

"We very easily could have been blown out," said Suns coach Jason DeVere. "But our 1-3-1 (zone) bothered them a bit, and we were able to battle back in the second half."

Bonser made a statement in the first 30 seconds, blocking Porter's shot on Southridge's first possession, and it looked like Porter was in for a long night against the state playoff veteran.

"I get blocked a lot," Porter said. "I try not to let it get to me."

Fortunately for the Suns, he didn't. Porter took some time to heat up but scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to keep Southridge in the game.

"I was excited about (the block), but I think maybe it ticked him off," said Ike coach Pat Fitterer. "He really started to take over."

Point guard James Lopez missed Ike's last game -- a 58-52 loss to Walla Walla -- with a sprained right ankle but returned with a flourish against the Suns. Lopez hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to spark a 14-5 run that gave Ike a 17-7 lead. Lopez finished with 17 points and eight assists.

"(Lopez) was about 70 percent, but he looked pretty good," Bonser said.

Bonser capped a 13-0 second-quarter run with a layin off a no-look pass from Lopez that put the Cadets up 30-13 with 2:50 left in the quarter.

But Porter helped the Suns fight back, scoring nine points during a 14-6 third-quarter run that cut Ike's lead to 38-32 with 4:29 left in the frame.

"Tonight was the first night he really stepped up in a big game," DeVere said. "I told the team we needed to go out and fight and create some offense from our defense."

Southridge started the fourth on an 18-7 run, capped by Kyle Stolle's three-point play that brought the Suns to within 61-56 with 2:27 left. Stolle finished with 13 points and four steals.

But the Cadets closed out the game by hitting 8 of 11 free throws.

EISENHOWER -- Morioka 1, Lopez 17, Mount 9, Watson 13, Robert Bonser 28, Scott 2, Stafford, Clayton 3, Urlacher, Zumwalt, Beath, Soto. Totals 24-45 19-26 73.

SOUTHRIDGE -- McCollom 2, Mendenhall 7, Whitney 6, Stolle 13, Derek Porter 27, Mickelsen, Palmer, McGee, Riel 2, Jones, Scott 3, Dean. Totals 19-60 18-28 60.

Eisenhower 17 15 22 19 -- 73

Southridge 11 7 20 22 -- 60

Highlights -- Rebounds: E 29 (Bonser 9), S 32 (Porter 10); Turnovers: E 15, S 9; 3-pointers: E 6x19 (Lopez 3x9), S 4x19 (Stolle 2x5); Watson 8 rebs; Bonser 2 steals; Lopez 8 assists; Stolle 4 steals; Mendenhall 3 assists.

Wa-Hi 61, Davis 47

WALLA WALLA -- Michael Weisner had 19 points as Walla Walla won the CBBN 4A district seeding game on its home court.

The Blue Devils are the No. 3 seed and travel to No. 2-ranked Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday for a first-round regional game.

DAVIS -- Jackson Marquis 16, Mendoza 2, Lopez 5, McClurkin 2, Navarro, Luckett 2, Trimble 9, Carter 3, Kupp 4, Allen 2, Winckler 2. Totals 16-60 11-16 47.

WALLA WALLA -- Michael Weisner 19, Winston 12, Aguiar 2, Crawford, Porter 6, Arias 12, Maddess, James 8, Alden, Watson 2. Totals 22-54 11-16 61.

Davis 9 9 10 19 -- 47

Walla Walla 14 18 14 15 -- 61

Highlights -- David Trimble 7 rbs; Ryan James 11 rbs; Colton Arias 5 assts.

Sunnyside 63, West Valley 55

SUNNYSIDE -- James Sanchez went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and scored 18 points to lead Sunnyside to its first district title since 1987, capturing the CBBN 3A crown on its home court.

The Grizzlies earned a first-round regional bye and play Saturday at Toyota Center in the semifinals.

WEST VALLEY -- Taffolia 4, Cluff, Crowshaw 3, Olson, Lang 4, Moulton, Berndt 12, Wagar 4, Strock 7, Tanner Albrecht 21. Totals 21-53 8-15 55.

SUNNYSIDE -- Bermudez, Manzo 9, James Sanchez 18, Leija 3, Daley, Johnson 2, Esqueda 6, Bos 15, De La Barrera 10, Graff. Totals 20-52 17-27 63.

West Valley 15 12 12 16 -- 55

Sunnyside 24 12 15 12 -- 63

Highlights -- Albrecht 11 rbs; Alfredo De La Barrera 9 rbs; Chance Graff 5 rbs; Jacob Bos 5 rbs; Sanchez 5 rbs; Jordan Esqueda 4 asts, 3 stls.