|1/2/2013 2:01:00 PM|
Kodiaks fall 58-41 to Brewster Bears
|Photo by Kacie Thrift|
Cascade’s Juan Mendoza in action in a recent game. The Kodiaks take on Quincy and Tonasket this week.
The Cascade Kodiaks, like they have against most teams this season, hung with the Brewster Bears on the road Dec. 21, but it was not enough, as the team lost 58-41.
The loss dropped Cascade to 0-3 in Caribou Trail League play and 0-7 overall. At this point, the Kodiaks are the only team in the league that has yet to win a game.
"We ran up against a good team and we did not play to our potential," said Micah Rieke, Cascade head coach. "Brewster is really young, starting three freshmen. They have a bright future. Our guys came in and battled but came up short."
Brewster led 15-10 in the first quarter and 29-16 at the half. Cascade rallied in the third quarter to draw within 11, but could come no closer. The Bears outscored the Kodiaks 29-25 in the second half to hold on for the win.
"We never quit. Every time we look out of the game, we make a mini-run," he said. "We are never totally out of it."
Senior Santos Lopez led the Kodiaks with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Gerardo Mendoza grabbed 10 rebounds.
"Santos had a nice game. That's the thing with our team," he said. "One guy steps up, but the other guys aren't having their best game. We need to get a couple more guys to step up at the same time."
Shooting continues to be a big issue for the Kodiaks. Cascade shot a dismal 5-for-25 in the first half, and 9-for-26 in the game. Cascade was 1-for-14 from three and 12-for-16 from the free throw line. Brewster shot 38 percent from the field. Timbo Taylor had 28 points to lead the Bears.
On Dec. 28, Cascade (0-3, 0-7) played Overlake in the Cascade Holiday Tournament. On Dec. 29, the Kodiaks played Northwest in the tournament. Results were not available before press time. Tomorrow, Cascade plays at Quincy (1-3, 4-4).
"They have a really good guard. We are going to have to shut him down," he said. "They beat Cashmere, but lost three league games since then. They play good defense. They play tough, especially at Quincy. We'll be prepared."
On Saturday, Cascade hosts Tonasket (0-4, 4-4). Next Tuesday, the Kodiaks host Omak (0-4, 3-6).
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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