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Eastmont at home Saturday for hoops

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Sunnyside (4-2, 6-5) away.
There was an explosion of points the when Wenatchee played Sunnyside early last month and the Grizzlies won 73-68. The 138 combined points tied for the 11th most in WHS history and the Panther’s total is the most they have scored in their last 30 games. Since they first played six seasons ago, Wenatchee leads Sunnyside in wins 6-1 and is 3-0 in the SHS gym.

Eastmont (4-2, 9-2) home.
In the first meeting with the Wildcats this season it took overtime to settle the contest. Eastmont won 58-55 at the Town Toyota Center. EHS now has won two in a row in the series after WHS had run off a dozen consecutive wins. The Panthers hold the upper hand at with 45 wins to the Wildcats 26. On their own court Wenatchee is 21-13 vs. Eastmont and has a 6-game win streak. A victory in this game will break an 8-game overall home court losing streak. The streak ties with a similar period in 1993 for the longest string of home court losses in the program’s history (one game to end last season and seven this season).

Standings: Moses Lake 5-1, Davis 4-2, Eastmont 4-2, Sunnyside 4-2, Wenatchee 1-5, Eisenhower 0-6

Score Czar rankings with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Moses Lake 15 (20), Eastmont 30 (28), Davis 39 (35), Wenatchee 44 (46), Eisenhower 63 (63)…3A – Sunnyside 24 (20).

Sunnyside (2-4, 4-7) away.
To keep within striking distance of first place the Panthers need a weekend sweep and that starts with a road game Friday at 3A Sunnyside. Last month on their home court Wenatchee topped the Grizzlies 61-41 and leads the series 6-1. In three meetings at the Yakima Valley school WHS has yet to lose.

Eastmont (6-0, 10-1) home.
And then there is Eastmont. The outfit across the river already has a 2-game lead in the league after just six games. They have an overall record of 10-1, and recently have given the Panthers fits in taking five straight games, all at the TTC. Last month EHS won 52-43.

Standings: Eastmont 6-0, Wenatchee 4-2, Davis 3-3, Moses Lake 3-3, Sunnyside 2-4, Eisenhower 0-6

Score Czar rankings with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Eastmont 8 (16), Wenatchee 18 (19), Davis 43 (42), Moses Lake 46 (50), Eisenhower 66 (66)…3A – Sunnyside 44 (36).

Another Rant
This everything is a forced turnover business is a bunch of baloney. Virtually every broadcaster and reporter refers to every turnover in football and basketball as a forced turnover. What a crock. For decades they were simply turnovers and someplace in the past few years it’s become the “the thing” among sports media to add the word “forced” every time. No way.

What about the ball carrier that flat out drops the pigskin or the hoopster that dribbles the thing off the foot and out of bounds…and in neither case there is an opponent within shouting distance of them. Not a forced turnover.

This definition from the Internet lays it out there very simply. Forced Turnovers occur when a defender steals the ball or causes a bad pass, traps a player causing the player to make a poor decision, etc. Basically turnovers that are caused by the other team playing good defense. It's unforced if you simply turn it over without any defender pressuring you, like simply throwing it out of bounds or losing it.

The media folks take the stat sheet, look at the number under turnovers and automatically make all of them forced…every pass, fumble, offensive error, etc. Even those attending the game and watching the action with their own eyeballs do it.

Unless the broadcaster or reporter knows for a fact that the defensive team had an influence on the ball changing hands everything should be reported as a turnover. A quick look at the sites for NCAA football and basketball, the NFL and the NBA make no mention of forced turnovers. The NFL uses forced fumbles, but they define it and the ball has to be knocked loose by a defender. Very simple.