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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Oakesdale, Garfield/Palouse continue hold at top of 1B boys league


January 30, 2020

Blake Jones; Owen Swannack

Blake Jones of the Vikings puts a quick lid on a shot attempt by Owen Swannack in the league round Saturday at St. John.

With two more Southeast 1B wins each last week, Oakesdale and Garfield/Palouse remain in first and second place in league standings for boys basketball – Oakesdale ahead because of a narrow win over the Vikings Jan. 17.

Both teams stand at 8-1. Oakesdale avenged an earlier league loss last Saturday to Prescott.

With three league dates to go, the top two teams look to stay on course for a regular season culmination Feb. 8, at Palouse, which could decide the top seed for the district tournament.

Prescott now holds third place in league at 6-3 followed by Pomeroy at 4-5. St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse is fifth at 3-5.

Garfield/Palouse 63

St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse 27

The Vikings came to St. John Jan. 25 and began with a 16-2 lead.

Blake Jones pacedGar/Pal with 17 points while sophomore Jaxson Orr had 15, Austin Jones 11 and Jacob Anderson 10.

For SJEL, junior post Kameron Greenhalgh was back in the lineup, continuing his return from a shoulder injury from football. He scored eight points to lead the Eagles.

St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse was set to play next at Ritzville Wednesday night for a non-league makeup game, followed by senior night at home against Colton Jan. 31. Game time is 7:30 p.m. SJEL then plays at Prescott Saturday.

Oakesdale 43

Prescott 27

Oakesdale (14-3 overall) beat the Tigers at Oakesdale Jan. 25 to even the two-game series.

The Nighthawks took control early, laying down a 31-9 lead at one point in the second quarter.

By the end, both teams only scored two points in the fourth quarter.

"We played very solid, at both ends of the floor, just couldn't get shots to fall in the later stages," said Carl Crider, Oakesdale coach. "It's a pretty big win for us, it keeps us in control of our own destiny, fighting for the league title."

Sophomore guard Ryan Henning led the Nighthawks with 12 points and nine rebounds.

"He's a sneaky rebounder," Crider said.

Garfield/Palouse 56

Colton 26

Blake Jones delivered 17 points, six rebounds and nine steals playing three quarters on Jan. 24 in a win over the Wildcats. Austin Jones added 10 points and Jaxson Orr nine.

Kian Ankerson led Colton (1-14, 1-7) with 11 points in the loss.

Garfield/Palouse (11-5 overall) plays next on Friday, Jan. 31 at Touchet, with a bye Saturday.

Oakesdale 53

Pomeroy 32

At home Jan. 24, Oakesdale got its second win over Pomeroy for the season as junior guard Tyler Bober led with 18 points, Matt Hockett got 13 and Simon Anderson 11.

Byron Stallcop led the Pirates with nine points.

Deary 54

Colton 39

Colton traveled to Deary Jan. 21 for a 54-39 loss as the Mustangs led 13-0 to start the game.

Chris Wolf was the high-scorer for Colton with 17 points while Jackson Meyer and Kian Ankerson both had nine.

St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse 67

Mary Walker (Springdale) 54

At home Jan. 24, eight Eagles (5-10, 3-5) scored in a non-league win.

"We played very well overall, a great team effort," said Coach Mike Stubbs.

Junior point guard Ty Harder led with 32 points while Pedro Molina and Dylan Campbell each scored 10.

Author Bio

Garth Meyer, Reporter

Garth Meyer is a reporter and sports writer at the Whitman County Gazette.

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