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Bantams have ‘inside’ track in downing Stags

February 8, 2012

The Deer Park Stags had no answer for Clarkston’s inside game, especially in the first half, as the Bantams rolled to a 62-42 win on Tuesday.
Clarkston’s power game helped the Bantams build a 15-point lead early in the second quarter.
The Stags managed to cut the lead to 36-24 on a pair of 3-pointers from Uconn Peone, only to have the Bantams’ Drew Adams answer with a long range jumper just before intermission.
For most of the second half, the Bantams were content to play a ball control offense.
The Stags’ last hurrah came on a Zach Mohr 3-pointer that closed the game to 45-34.

Rams fall to Grizziles; open district tourney on Friday

January 30, 2012

When the going got tough, the Newport Grizzlies turned to “Wiley Time” to get thing moving in the right direction.
Jake Wiley, the Grizzlies’ 6-foot-7 senior, scored a game-high 22 points (12 in the second half) as Newport put away the Riverside Rams 50-41 on Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
Newport, which led on 19-17 at halftime, opened up a 40-30 lead in the third quarter on the strength of 10 points from Wiley.
The Rams (0-10 in the Northeast A League) refused to go away easily.

Newport's second half run carries them past Riverside

January 30, 2012

The Newport girls basketball team awoke its sleeping offense to pull away from the Riverside Lady Rams 57-35 in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Lady Grizzlies, who trailed 19-14 midway through the second quarter, went on an 11-3 run to open the third quarter to break the game open.
Sparking the Newport run was junior guard Courtney Weise, who buried a pair of 3-pointers. Her second long-range shot gave Newport a 36-22 lead.
Weise would later earn an old fashioned 3-point play to extend the Lady Grizzlies’ advantage to 45-24 going into the fourth quarter.

Long-range scoring surge helps carry Stags past Knights

January 28, 2012

The Deer Park Stags, sparked by a trio of 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the first half, defeated the East Valley Knights 65-62 on Friday.
The win assured Deer Park (4-5 in the Great Northern League) a District VII tournament berth.
“That (the scoring spurt) was big for us,” said Stag head coach Ken Ryan.
Zach Mohr, Uconn Peone and Caleb Guske keyed the second quarter offensive blitz by each sinking 3-pointers.
‘We have to win the last 3 minutes,’ Ryan told his team late in the first half.

Physically imposing Lady Knights edge Lady Stags

January 28, 2012

The East Valley Lady Knights, using a physical defensive presence and some timely fourth quarter free throw shooting, downed the Deer Park Lady Stags 48-40 on Friday.
The Lady Stags (6-3 in the Great Northern League), led by as many as 11 points in the first half, only to see the Lady Knights (5-3) hold them to only a Kimmie Brazington free throw in the third quarter. East Valley’s defensive effort allowed the Lady Knights to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and take a 33-32 lead going into the final quarter.

A little offense carries Indians past Rams in defensive matchup

January 21, 2012

In a game where points were at a premium, the Colville Indians went on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to secure a 51-47 win over the Riverside Rams on Friday.
The Rams (0-7, 4-13) trimmed the Indian lead to 36-32 on a Logan Owens’ 3-pointer with 6:10 remaining.
Colville (5-2, 11-7) retaliated with baskets by Matt Hubbard, JR. Henry and Taylor Murto and a 3-pointer by Henry over the 3:30 to stretch the lead back to 45-32.
The Rams, who only shot 32 percent from the floor, tried to get back into the game, only to see the Indians stay a step ahead over the last 2:49.

Indians keep Lady Rams at bay down the stretch

January 21, 2012

The Colville Indians, sparked by a pair of Tasha Luu baskets, finally pulled away from the Riverside Lady Rams 50-38 in Northeast A League basketball action on Friday.
The Lady Rams, who cut the Indians’ lead to 42-36 on a Courtney Davis basket with 5 minutes to play, saw Colville close out the game with an 8-2 run, sparked by Luu’s performance.
The win improved Colville’s NE-A record to 6-1 (11-5 overall), while Riverside fell to 1-6, 6-11.

Starbuck heroics carries Deer Park past Cheney

January 18, 2012

The Deer Park boys basketball team got five points from Blake Starbuck in the final 2 minutes to edge the Cheney Blackhawks 54-52 on Tuesday.
Starbuck tied the game at 50-50 with a short jumper and gave the Stags a 51-50 lead with a free throw with 1:02 remaining. The Blackhawks took their final lead on a basket by John Gingrich only to see Starbuck help the Stags regain the lead a 53-52 with two more free throws.
Uconn Peone’s free throw with 13 seconds left gave Deer Park the final margin of victory.
“They’re starting to play together,” said Stag head coach Ken Ryan.

Blackhawks stifle Lady Stag attack

January 18, 2012

The Cheney Blackhawks unleashed a combination of an aggressive man-to-man defense and dominant post play to defeat the Deer Park girls basketball team 47-27 on Tuesday.
The Cheney defense stymied the Deer Park offense for most of the game. The Lady Stags never led in the game as the Blackhawks jumped out to an early 12-4 lead.
Cheney’s 5-foot-11 forward Allie Brown keyed the early surge by hitting her first four shots.

Lady Rams use balanced approach to stymie Cougars

January 11, 2012

The Riverside girls basketball team, using a balance attack, defeated the Chewelah Cougars 47-34 for their first Northeast A League win in four tries.
The Lady Rams were finally able to put some distance between themselves and the Cougars with a 9-3 run to end the second quarter. The offensive spurt was highlighted by a three-point shot by Brielle Supanchick at the halftime buzzer.
First-year Riverside coach Buddy Wood was pleased with the way his team ran the offense, especially the way they moved the ball on the perimeter looking for the open shot.

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