|12/19/2012 3:33:00 PM|
Kodiaks still looking for first win
|Photo submitted by Mike Hill|
Cascade junior swingman Tristin Parton goes up for the basket against Royal last week at Cascade High School. Parton has emerged this season to lead the Kodiaks in scoring.
Cascade got off to a solid start against Royal on Dec. 11, but a disastrous second quarter pretty much sunk the Kodiak ship as the team lost 49-40.
The Kodiaks took a 9-5 lead after one quarter, but was outscored 16-0 in the second quarter. Cascade trailed 21-9 at the half.
"We got off to a decent start, but couldn't buy a bucket in the second quarter," said Micah
Rieke, Cascade head coach. "We matched up with them, as far as skill level. We were just flat in the second quarter."
Cascade played well, and won the second half, but it wasn't enough to make up the deficit. The Kodiaks outscored the Knights 31-28 in the second half.
"They are a pretty physical team, so that threw us off. Sometimes there is not a magic answer why we were missing shots. They just were not falling," he said.
Coming into the season, Rieke knew it might be a tough-go for his young, mostly untested squad. And, so far, inconsistent play has prevailed, leading to the 0-4 record in non-league games.
"It's always nice to come out with some wins for team morale. The guys are not getting down on themselves. They are keeping their heads high," he said. "With league, you start with a clean slate. We just need to continue to learn from past games."
Cascade leading scorer Santos Lopez was thrown off his game by the physical play of Royal. He finished with only two points.
"Teams know he can score. When he gets bumped, he has to finish," he said of Lopez. "We need to get him more touches too. I need to do a better job of that. When he is not involved, I need to make a more conscience effort to get him going."
Cascade shot 29 percent from field on 15-for-52 shooting. The Kodiaks were 5-for-21 on threes and 4-for-4 from the line. Royal shot 29 percent from the field, 2-for-10 from three and 15-for-24 from the line.
Cascade out-rebounded Royal 43-39. The Kodiaks had 18 turnovers versus 12 for the Knights. Senior guard Gerrardo Mendoza lead Cascade with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Tristin Parton had 11 points and five rebounds. Brady Dixon had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Knights.
The Kodiaks opened league play at unbeaten Okanogan last Friday, losing 63-46. The defense helped Cascade stay close, but the poor shooting and turnovers did them in once again.
"The guys came out hard. We competed, but came up short," he said. "It boils down to shooting a low percentage. You can't win games shooting 25 percent. We also have to cut down on turnovers."
Cascade trailed 20-13 in the first quarter and 33-24 at half. The Kodiaks played stayed up with the Bulldogs in the third quarter, and could not make up any ground in the fourth.
Parton lead the Kodiaks with 17 points and five rebounds. Lopez had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mendoza chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.
Cascade (0-1, 0-6) shot 26 percent from the field, versus 41 percent for Okanogan. The Kodiaks were 5-for-21 from three, while the Bulldogs were 1-for-10. Cascade out-rebounded Okanogan 53-47. The Kodiaks had 18 turnovers, versus 15 for the Bulldogs.
"We need to get better with timing on cuts. We need to slow the game down. Sometimes we are rushing and that leads to mistakes," he said. "I thought we matched up with them as far as athletes. We did not get back on transition defense. A couple mental errors. We knew they were going to try and push it up the floor."
Rieke feels good about holding Okanogan to 63, a team averaging over 70 per game.
"We are playing pretty good defense. We can always get better," he said. "The guys are still hungry. We are still competing and striving to get better."
Cascade played rival Cashmere (1-1, 3-2) on Dec. 18 at Leavenworth. Results were not available before press time.
"Cashmere plays tough man-to-man defense. They have a lot of talented skill players who are really athletic," he said. "We have to stop their point guard Boyd and inside man McElroy. Try to limit them. Rivalry games always brings out the best in players."
On Friday, Cascade plays at Brewster (2-0, 4-1).
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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