The Chiawana Riverhawks were optimistic about their chances of a boys basketball season sweep against Davis after taking care of business in Yakima on Jan. 8.
With a road win in hand, they figured it would be easier to hold home court.
But the Riverhawks forgot to stick to a few fundamental housekeeping measures Saturday in a 57-49 loss in Pasco: mainly keeping their energy up at all times and cleaning the glass.
The loss was Chiawana's first of the year in its own gym and second straight league loss. The Pirates took sole possession of first place in the CBBN 4A, but the Riverhawks remain just a half game behind.
With two games remaining on Chiawana's regular-season schedule -- Davis has three left -- there's still time to challenge for first place, a mantle the Riverhawks have held since Day 1. But not much.
"Some coaches say this is a good loss, but that depends on how we end up," Hawks coach Chad Herron said. "I told the kids a loss is good only if you learn from it."
Herron and the Riverhawks will need to beat Eisenhower and Walla Walla on the road next weekend while hoping the Pirates lose at least one of their final three games -- at Moses Lake on Tuesday and then back home for a pair of home games against Richland and Wenatchee.
"I'll be sure to tell (Richand coach) Earl (Streufert) what we need," Herron joked.
Davis crashed hard inside against Chiawana's 3-2 zone defense, creating several second-chance opportunities that allowed the Pirates to maintain control in a close matchup.
"REBOUND!!! Rebound the ball!!," Herron bellowed from the bench when Davis kept a third-quarter possession alive under the basket despite several white Chiawana jerseys in the area.
"The effort was what I was yelling at. On that possession they got five offensive rebounds," Herron said. "When you're jostling for a district title, you've got to do a little more."
The one doing more Saturday was David Trimble, the Pirates' all-CBBN guard who finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals. He helped set the tone for his team's victory with eight first half rebounds and a pair of inbounds assists to Lavonte Allen that broke a 22-all tie with 3:37 left.
"Trimble is so poised and saavy," Herron said. "He did a good job working the shot clock in the fourth quarter."
Miquiyah Zamora led Chiawana with 14 points, attacking the basket with abandon and fighting Davis for every possession. His gritty approach on defense helped spark the Riverhawks on several occasions.
The junior guard hit 6 of 14 shots, well above the Hawks 32 percent shooting percentage for the night. But he says his team must keep fighting through its recent shooting drought.
"When you're in first place, people are gunning for you. You've got to have pride," Zamora said.
Justin Smith, who led the CBBN in scoring at just under 20 points a game three weeks ago, has averaged under 10 points a game over his last five games. He finished with nine points, hitting his only 3-pointer with 2:24 left in the game to cut the lead to 52-45. Smith finished just 4 of 17 from the field.
"We've been struggling as a team, but we've just got to keep shooting no matter what," Zamora said. "If they don't fall at the beginning, he's still going to be the one to carry this team."
DAVIS -- Kupp 5, Marquis 9, David Trimble 19, Carter 7, Allen 6, Navarro, McClurkin 11. Totals 24-56 6-13 57.
CHIAWANA -- Downing 4, Walter 9, Miquiyah Zamora 14, Smith 9, Knight 7, Lopaya 2, Graff, Adamson, DeWitt 3. Totals 20-63 4-9 49.
Davis 15 13 15 14 -- 57
Chiawana 12 14 7 16 -- 49
Highlights -- Rebounds: D 43 (Trimble 14), C 39 (Walter 8); 3-pointers: D 3-16 (Kupp, Marquis, McClurkin), C 5-24 (Walter 2); Turnovers: D 13, C 11; Smith 4 assists; Trimble 5 assists, 3 steals.