Friday, May 24, 2024

Wenatchee Bighorns bounce back with two impressive victories

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WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Bighorns have turned their season around with two convincing home victories over the weekend. After a disappointing 1-5 start to the season, the Bighorns defeated the top-ranked Salem Capitals 125-98 on Friday. They followed it up with a 98-82 win against the formidable Great Falls Electric on Saturday.

"That's big for us," said head coach JP Davis. "We challenged the guys to come in an perform after last week and they did just that."

The star of the weekend was Tremont Robinson-White, who scored a total of 65 points, including a season-high on Friday and his second double-double of the season on Saturday. "Its good. I was stressing about this one," said Robinson-White after the win over Salem. "I know how big we needed it. I know the team we just played was the top of our conference."

In Friday's game against the Capitals, the Bighorns dominated from the start, leading after the first quarter and maintaining their momentum throughout the game. Robinson-White led the way with 36 points, shooting 68% from the field. "Don't be scared to shoot the ball," said Robinson-White about what was said to the players heading into this weekend.

The team's defensive effort was also noteworthy, forcing 24 turnovers and converting them into 32 points. "We got it playing the way we wanted to play," said Davis. "I feel like our team can stack up with anybody. We proved it tonight."

Saturday's game against the Great Falls Electric presented a different challenge, as the Bighorns faced a team on a three-game winning streak with a significant size advantage. "Coach Davis said that if we rebounded better than [Great Falls]," said Robinson-White, "then we'd come out with a win." The Bighorns rose to the occasion, outrebounding Great Falls 55-49 and holding them to just 82 points. "I'm really proud of that 82 points. That's a testament of all the work we've been doing over this past week," said Davis.

The Bighorns' bench also made significant contributions over the weekend, with three players - Terrell Jennings, Jaron Glen, and Tyre Hicks - scoring their first professional points. "It was exciting," said Robinson-White of the bench. "Seeing them progress to practice to the court was pretty cool." Coach Davis commended their hard work and dedication, saying, "For them to to work hard and see it manifest on the court, it was big for them, big for our team and it shows hard work pays off."

The Bighorns will look to carry this momentum into their upcoming road games against the Seattle Super Hawks on Thursday and the Eugene Jaguars on Sunday. With their record now at 3-5, the team is poised to make a push for the playoffs in the second half of the season.

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