OMAK — Tonasket’s long wait for a Caribou Trail League boys basketball victory nearly came to an end Thursday.
Instead the Omak Pioneers were able to hold off the Tigers at crunch time for a 58-56 victory.
Tonasket has now lost 40 straight in league play.
Trailing 37-29 at the half, the Tigers (0-9 in CTL) started to claw their way back into the game in the third quarter.
“They didn’t really change anything, but they just came out in the third quarter with a lot of intensity and a lot more confidence,” Omak coach Lance O’Dell said. “We didn’t respond to it, and it took us until five or six minutes into the third, when they narrowed it to three or four points, to realize that if we didn’t change what we were doing, things were going to turn around on us.”
The Tigers managed to grab the lead in the game’s final minutes, but Country Pakootas scored two of his 18 points on a put-back with under a minute left to put Omak up one, and Vince Carden made one of two from the line in the final 10 seconds. Carden also scored 18 for Omak (2-8).
Colton Ayres led Tonasket with 17 points.
CCA 76, CBSS 50
The difference: Cascade Christian Academy found another gear in the second quarter, outscoring CBSS 24-7 to take control.
Highlights: Christopher Ringering and Jason Grys combined for 38 points for CCA, most likely sewing up the No. 2 seed to districts in the process.
Liberty Bell 39, Bridgeport 29
The difference: Liberty Bell led 16-7 after one, and Bridgeport could not climb out of the early hole.
Highlights: Liberty Bell’s Cody Cupp had 15 to lead all scorers, and Julio Perez had 10 to pace Bridgeport.
Tonasket 46, Omak 39
The difference: Omak (0-10) held Tonasket’s Shelby Olma — who had scored 26 in their first meeting — to five points, but that allowed other Tigers players to pick up the slack.
Highlights: Jerian Ashley and Jaden Hawkens combined for 22 points for the Tigers (2-7), 19 of those in the second half.
Bridgeport 53, Liberty Bell 45
The difference: The Fillies worked over the Mountain Lions inside, especially in second half.
Highlights: Liddy Bucio scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter for Bridgeport. Kayla Higbee and Paige Stevie scored 11 apiece to pace Liberty Bell.