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Bulldogs hold off late Bear comeback

Tonasket uses ‘D’ to down Pioneers

— Okanogan pulled out a 71-62 boys basketball victory over Brewster in a game played for the most part evenly between the state-ranked teams.

“Brewster does a great job defensively,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. “They play great man.”

No. 7 Brewster led 21-17 after the first quarter despite Justin Rivas scoring 13 points for the Bulldogs.

No. 2 Okanogan pulled away from a 33-31 halftime lead with a 15-6 third quarter.

“I think our defense picked it up in the second half,” said Rivas, who finished with 33 points.

Rivas said Okanogan’s toughest mission was keeping Easton Driessen out of the high post.

“We had a little spurt in the third quarter,” Carlquist said. “They missed some shots and we made some shots.”

“Okanogan’s defense in the third quarter was a lot more aggressive,” Brewster coach Tim Taylor said.

The teams matched each other with 24 points in the fourth period, with Okanogan leading 64-50 following a 3-point shot by Rivas with about three minutes remaining.

Brewster went on an 11-2 run late powered by 3-pointers to trail by 5 points. Hitting treys were Edgar Najera, Cameron Jacobson and Driessen, whose bucket came with 40 seconds remaining.

Okanogan made the final four points, including two free throws by Rivas.

“We had good looks that opened the outside,” Taylor said. “It was just that third quarter collapse that was the difference. We can play with them. We proved that.”

“I am just happy we get out of here with a win,” Carlquist said of the victory in a hot, packed gym. “This is what we needed.”

“I think this is going to be our toughest win this season,” Rivas said.

Chelan (6-5 overall, 4-2 league) is at Okanogan (11-0, 5-0) and Brewster (8-3, 5-1) is at Cashmere (7-3, 4-1) on Tuesday.

Okanogan (71) – Rivas 33, Morris 5, Perez 2, Townsend 20, VanderWeide 12, Pruitt 0, Crowson 0, Cate 0.

Brewster (62) – Driessen 22, E. Najera 9, Hammons 8, Smith 2, Bach 2, Taylor 13, Jacobsen 5, Boesel 0, Divis 0.

OMAK – Tonasket held off a hard-charging Omak team for a 54-47 league victory Tuesday.

The Tigers jumped out to a 20-10 lead at the half, limiting the Pioneers to 5 points each quarter.

“We had a lid on our basket in the first half,” Omak coach Kyle Desautel said. “I thought we got great looks. We missed a ton of points in the paint early.”

Omak used a 20-14 third-quarter run to close the gap.

“The Tigers seemed to come up with the big shot or play when they needed it most,” Desautel said. “They are a well-coached team and finished the game strong.”

Cascade (1-9 overall, 0-4 league) is at Omak (5-6, 1-4) on Tuesday.

Tonasket (54) – Williams 0, Orozco 11, Bensing 12, Terris 9, Juarez 0, Manring 6, Sund 2, Gage 12, Leep 2.

Omak (47) – Martinez 3, Boyd 15, Covington 0, vanSinten 9, Desjardins 0, Saxon 11, Smith 3, C. Williams 2, Lamb 0, P. Williams 4.

PATEROS – Pateros came from 8 points down at the half to swat Oroville, 58-47, on Tuesday.

“The first half we were able to hang with them when they were hitting a lot of shots,” Pateros coach Marcus Stennes said, whose team trailed 41-40 after three quarters.

“We had 10 turnovers in the first half, so they were able to have those extra opportunities.”

Pateros (5-3) is at Riverside Christian (4-2) and Entiat (4-4) is at Oroville (2-6) on Tuesday.

Oroville (47) – C. Nigg 17, Glover 18, Hugus 5, Lopez 5.

Pateros (58) – Ceniceros 9, Wall 2, Medina 9, Evans 0, Piechalski 15, Gelstin 6, Caballero 4, McLean 13.

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