|1/16/2013 4:30:00 PM|
Cascade boys beat Omak 64-36, lose to Okanogan 66-52
|Photo by Ian Dunn|
Kodiak senior center Santos Lopez goes up against the tough defense of the Okanogan Bulldogs in action last Friday at Cascade High School. The Kodiaks lost 66-52.
The Cascade Kodiak boys basketball team is showing marked improvement as the season progresses. This past week, the team knocked off Omak 64-36, then nearly beat league leader Okanogan 66-52.
Key to the resurgence has been improved team play, but also the hot shooting of junior guard Tristin Parton. The junior is averaging 14 points per game. Senior center Santos Lopez has been solid, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Against Okanogan last Saturday at CHS, the Kodiaks jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but could not hold back a Bulldog rally and trailed 21-16 after one quarter. In the third quarter, Parton helped Cascade stay with Okanogan but hot shooting guard Justin Rivas helped forge a 44-27 halftime lead.
Too often, Okanogan was getting easy baskets, which frustrated Coach Micah Rieke.
"Our scouting report showed they would try to get one guy to cherry pick, especially off our misses. We just lost focus in the first half," Rieke said. "We had to call a couple early timeouts to remind them what happened the last game and what we needed to do this game. We have to get back on defense. We had a few lapses in the first half, but not the second half."
Okanogan led 51-37 after three, but Cascade began to rally in the fourth. Parton hit a three with 3:01 to go to cut the lead to 53-50. But then the Bulldogs rallied to outscore Cascade 11-2 to finish off the game. "These guys are resilient. They are competitors. They have a lot of pride," he said. "There is no give-up in these guys. Definitely proud of their second half effort."
Parton had 21 points to lead the Kodiaks. Lopez had 14. Rivas had 28 for Okanogan. Cascade shot 37 percent from the field and 6-for-16 from three. They were 10-for-15 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the field and 2-for-13 from three. Okanogan out-rebounded Cascade 34-33.
"We actually did OK against their bigs. We limited their bigs to only 11 points total," he said. "Our bigs actually outscored them. They point guard Rivas had 28 and most of those were lay-ins. We just couldn't contain their dribble drive penetration."
Cascade improved to 2-4 in league and 4-9 overall with the win, while Okanogan improved to 6-1 in league and 13-1 overall. Last night, Cascade played at Chelan (6-1, 9-2). Results were not available before press time. On Friday, Cascade hosts Brewster (5-3. 9-4). Next Tuesday, Cascade is at Cashmere (6-2, 9-5).
"Okanogan is first in league and we were with three with a few minutes left. That shows we can compete with anybody. But we have to put four quarters together. Right now, we are a little too inconsistent," he said. "We still have three weeks left in the regular season and we are going to continue to progress. That is the goal."
Cascade 64, Omak 36
On Jan. 8 at CHS, Cascade came out firing against Omak with a 20 point first quarter, taking a 20-14 lead. In the second quarter, the Kodiaks outscored the Pioneers 17-7 to take a 37-21 lead. It was a low scoring third, but Cascade was able expand the lead in the fourth, outscoring Omak 18-9.
Parton had 27 points, including going 6-for-12 from three. Senior Gerardo Mendoza had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"As a team effort, I thought it was our best win of the year. It was a total team effort," he said. "We shared the basketball really well. We played a lot better defensively than we have in other games. We were containing their dribble penetration. We limited them to one shot."
The Kodiaks shot 43 percent from the field and 10-for-21 from three. Omak shot 31 percent from the field and was 1-for-12 from three. Cascade out-rebounded Omak 39-30.
"Tristin shot 50 percent from three. He's starting to get into a rhythm. His confidence is improving before our eyes each game," he said. "There's probably four guys that are becoming more consistent offensively. Their roles are becoming more established on the team."
Every win, he said, helps his young team build confidence.
"Every win it is just amazing the confidence it gives your team. The energy in practice has been better, just because of the confidence from those wins," he said.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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