High School Sports

CBBN 3A boys in for wild finish

With just over two weeks remaining in the boys basketball regular season, this is about the time when teams usually start to find their place in the big push for the district playoffs.

But in the CBBN 3A, things got even more confusing behind fourth-ranked Kamiakin (14-1, 9-0) after both Eastmont (8-6, 4-5) and Sunnyside (6-9, 4-5) swept their weekend series' to create a messy logjam of teams battling for the No. 2 seed and a first-round district bye.

The Wildcats took down Hanford 55-46 in East Wenatchee last Friday and then edged free-falling Pasco 57-54 on the road Saturday.

The Grizzlies traveled to Southridge and erased a 10-point deficit in Friday's 53-47 win, then returned home to beat Kennewick 64-45.

Sunnyside appears to be righting the ship after losing eight of nine games starting with a loss to Grandview on Dec. 7.

But the Grizzlies have bounced back to win three of their last four to get back in the race for a home playoff opener.

"We've been playing a lot of good team defense. This league is tough, and you've got to be ready all the time," Sunnyside coach Ron Rowe said. "We've had a real team effort. (Israel) Manzo has been scoring consistently for us, but we've got a lot of kids scoring and getting key rebounds. We've made teams change defense as we move along."

The Grizzlies' recent success has left three teams -- Hanford (6-9), Kennewick (7-8) and Southridge (7-8) -- tied for second place at 5-4 with Eastmont and Sunnyside just one game back at 4-5.

West Valley (5-10, 3-6) isn't too far out of the mix, as just two games currently separate six teams fighting for playoff spots.

Hanford and Kennewick will face off at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lions' Den, while Sunnyside travels to West Valley to try to keep its two-game winning streak alive.