BREWSTER — Friday’s contest between the Pateros and Brewster boys basketball teams had a playoff-type atmosphere.
The Billygoats entered the game in second place in the Central Washington League North, and the Bears were in third.
But that atmosphere also may have contributed to both teams’ offensive struggles. Brewster pulled out a 34-24 victory — they led just 19-8 at half — as scoring averages took a hit.
“Both teams played very tight,” said Brewster coach Dwight Pflugrath. “But both teams played hard. For me, it was a good basketball game because I don’t need to see a lot of scoring to enjoy a game.”
Brewster outrebounded Pateros 46-27, with Stockton Taylor grabbing 23 boards.
“He has a nose for the ball,” Plugrath said. “He’s a strong kid, and he jumps well. He didn’t shoot well, but that didn’t keep him from playing great defense and rebounding.”
With the win, Brewster (6-2) climbed ahead of Pateros (6-3) into second place.
In Friday’s other CWL North boys game:
Manson 67, Bridgeport 38
The difference: Abran Grejada sparked a 23-10 third-quarter run for Manson, and Bridgeport made just three of its 24 free-throw attempts.
Highlights: Grejada had 14 points for the Trojans, who kept their playoff hopes alive.
Entiat 58, Soap Lake 57
The difference: Thomas Sanford hit a short shot at the final buzzer to give Entiat a comeback win.
Highlights: David Coreas had 22 points for Soap Lake, while Sanford had 18 for the Tigers.
Warden 60, Waterville 38
The difference: The Shockers were held to 12 first-half points
Highlights: Robert Parcells led the Shockers with 13 points.
Caribou Trail League
Chelan 75, Omak 47
The difference: Chelan out-rebounded Omak 33-15 and didn’t allow the Pioneers to shoot a free throw as the Goats remained unbeaten in Caribou Trail League play.
Highlights: Aaron McQuaid led Chelan with 21 points, while Country Pakootas had 17 for Omak.
East Valley 67, Ephrata 63
The difference: Ephrata was within two points in the closing seconds but came up just short in the quest for its first win of the season.
Highlights: Johnathan Janis rained in 36 for the Red Devils.
Quincy 35, Prosser 34
The difference: Trailing by seven at halftime, Quincy outscored Prosser 12-4 in the third quarter, then made that one-point lead stand up the rest of the way.
Highlights: Braulio Flores scored 17 points to pace the Jacks.
Brewster 84, Pateros 46
The difference: Pateros put up a very respectable 28 points in the first half, but the Bears doubled that.
Highlights: Brewster had four players in double figures — led by Becky Mae Gebbers’ 26 — as the Bears remained unbeaten in league.
Manson 33, Bridgeport 23
The difference: Manson cut down on Bridgeport’s second chances in the second half and held the Fillies to four points after the break.
Highlights: Jackie Guillen and Hailey Ellsworth scored 13 each to lead Manson to its first league win.
Warden 59, Waterville 44
The difference: Warden’s press was too much for Waterville’s young guards.
Highlights: Alex Landon led the Shockers with 10 points.
Entiat 53, Soap Lake 22
The difference: Entiat kept up the defensive pressure to hold the Eagles to just five points in the first half and five more in the third quarter.
Highlights: Mandy Southard scored 16 for the Tigers, and Micaiah Hodge added 13.
Prosser 62, Quincy 25
The difference: Prosser took a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and never trailed.
Highlights: Prosser’s Tayshia Hunt had a game-high 18 points, while teammate Tamara Jones had 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
Ephrata 59, East Valley 40
The difference: The Tigers hit three straight 3-pointers to open the third quarter to gain breathing room, then scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to salt away the win.
Highlights: Kelsey Yenney and Abby Smith combined for 39 points for the Tigers.