|1/9/2013 2:06:00 PM|
Cascade beats Tonasket
67-66 in overtime
Coming into the game against Tonasket last Saturday, Cascade Head Coach Micah Rieke knew his team needed to beat the Tigers at home to have any chance at qualifying for the district playoffs. The top six teams advance.
But things did not go very well in the first half. The first quarter, the Kodiaks seemingly had no answers on defense as Tonasket went up 22-8. Cascade played a little better in the second quarter, but still found themselves down 20 by halftime, 41-21.
"I said, this is a playoff game," Rieke said to his team at halftime. "The players knew it. The second half was make or break."
Cascade came out smoking in the third quarter behind the hot shooting of junior guard Tristin Parton and senior forward Derek Darlington. The Kodiaks outscored the Tigers 26-14 in the quarter to draw to within eight points at 55-47.
"We went to a 2-3 zone and dug deep and limited them to one possession. That was huge," he said. "We out-rebounded them by 22 in the second half."
The rally continued into the fourth quarter as Cascade outscored Tonasket 13-5 in the fourth as both team finished regulation tied 60-60.
In overtime, Cascade and Tonasket were 66-66. The Kodiaks had the ball with the clock winding down. Senior Santos Lopez was fouled with five seconds to go. He missed the first free throw. Tonasket called a timeout, trying to ice him for the second free throw.
Lopez calmly stepped up to the line and knocked it down, as Cascade took a 67-66 lead. The Tigers tried to get a shot up in the remaining seconds but fell short and the Kodiaks won.
"We showed a lot of heart and determination. The philosophy of never giving up certainly rang true in this one," he said. "Parton had seven threes, one off tying the school record for threes in a game. Darlington did a good job in the low post. He was physical."
Parton had 25 points to lead the Kodiaks, including going 7-for-15 on threes. Darlington had 18 points and nine rebounds. Lopez had another double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Cascade shot 39 percent from field, versus 43 percent for Tonasket. The Kodiaks out-rebounded the Tigers 51-29.
With the win, Cascade improved to 1-3 in league and 3-8 overall. Tonasket dropped to 1-5 in league and 5-5 overall. Last night, Cascade hosted Omak (0-5, 4-7). Results were unavailable before press time. On Friday, second place Okanogan (4-1, 11-1) comes to Leavenworth. Next Tuesday, Cascade is at league leader Chelan (5-0, 8-1).
"We're going to take this momentum and try to play a really good game against Omak," he said. "Momentum is really important in sports. We need to take that momentum and use it to our advantage."
Quincy 57, Cascade 47
On Jan. 3, Cascade played at Quincy. The Kodiaks fell behind in the first quarter and into the second, down by as many as 12 points. But Parton and Darlington helped to rally the Kodiaks as Cascade drew to within three at half, 30-27.
Cascade drew to within a basket by the end of the third at 38-36. But in the fourth quarter, Cascade went cold from the field, a familiar theme this season. Plus, the Kodiak defense was having trouble keeping Jack guard Jacob Durfee under wraps. Quincy outscored Cascade 19-11 in the final period to pull away with the win.
"We were getting good looks. We attacked their 1-2-2 zone really well. We just couldn't get the shots to fall," he said. "We didn't do a very good job on their best player, Durfee, who had 27 points. He was a tough match up for us."
Parton had 21 points to lead the Kodiaks. Darlington had 16 points and seven rebounds. Cascade shot 30 percent from the field in the game on 18-for-60 shooting. The Kodiaks were 7-for-32 on threes. Quincy shot 40 percent. Rebounding was even, 38-38.
Cascade 42, Northwest 35
The Kodiaks used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Northwest Dec. 29 at the Cascade Holiday Tournament. Lopez had 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Kodiaks, who shot 28 percent from the field. Northwest was held to 18 percent shooting.
Cascade 47, Overlake 39
Cascade trailed 22-21 at the half and used a strong second half to pull away from Overlake for their first win over the year on Dec. 28 at the Holiday Tournament. Lopez had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Herrera chipped in 10 rebounds.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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