CASHMERE — If the Eastmont boys basketball team is going to have success this season, it’s going to need to get good play from its bench. The Wildcats like to do a lot of pressing on defense, which means that head coach Mike Waters is going to have to rotate players in and out of games on a frequent basis to keep them fresh.
First-year varsity player Devin Schall showed in Tuesday’s game against Cashmere that he’s got the talent to become one of Waters’ go-to reserves.
Schall scored seven of his 13 points in the second quarter to help the Wildcats open up a tight game and take a nine-point lead into halftime. Eastmont then took advantage of a tired Bulldogs squad in the second half to post a convincing 81-59 win.
The 6-foot-5 junior displayed his athleticism in a variety of ways in the first half, including a slam dunk that brought Eastmont to within one point late in the first quarter.
“He’s extremely athletic — he can get out and run on the fast break, and can play above the rim,” said Waters. “He brings a level of excitement, and he’s playing smarter than he has in the past.” Schall gave credit to his teammates for putting him in a position to make plays. Eastmont recorded 34 assists, had just six turnovers and shot 52 percent from the field.
“I happened to have the ball in my hands at the right time. I couldn’t have done it without the passes and the screens. It was a team effort,” he said. “We have a lot of talented guys that can be scorers. Who steps up will just depend on how the game is going.”
Cashmere didn’t play terribly Tuesday — the Bulldogs shot 51 percent from the field and got a standout performance from Dylan Boyd, who posted 20 points and eight assists. But they had 20 turnovers and didn’t respond well to the Wildcats’ pressure defense. They’ll welcome the return of Casey Ruether, who suffered a shoulder injury during the Bulldogs’ football season but should return to action next week.
“The just out-toughed us,” said Cashmere coach Keith Boyd. “We went through a spurt where we got soft and sloppy with the ball. But this was good for us; we learned what we need to work on.”
Quincy 49, Wahluke 44
Quincy outscored visiting Wahluke 18-13 in the fourth quarter and held on for the win. Jacob Durfee led the Jackrabbits with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
Okanogan 74, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 40
Jim Townsend scored 25 points in the first three quarters, going 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Cle Elum Roslyn 60, Cascade 53
Cascade dropped to 0-2 after a tough loss to Cle Elum-Roslyn.
“it was kind of a back and forth game,” Kodiaks coach Micah Rieke said. “We had a couple crucial missed free throws down the stretch and a couple of turnovers that put them over the top.”
Cascade finished the contest with 28 turnovers.
Waterville 51, Bridgeport 37
Waterville got into foul trouble early, but was able to come through with the win, thanks to a big surge from its bench.
“My bench came in huge,” Shockers coach Heath Jordan said. “They played most of the first half, they scored and played defense. Bridgeport couldn’t really make too many outside shots, but they were crashing the boards.”
Manson 58, Entiat 55
Despite trailing by a slim margin throuhgout the majority of the contest, Entiat found itself in a position to win the game.
It had a seven point lead with three minutes to go, but a series of misfortunes struck the team in the season-opener.
“We just fell apart,” coach Lee Southard said.
Okanogan 68, ACH 31
Okanogan held visiting Almira/Coulee-Hartline to eight points in the second half. Kara Staggs led the Bulldogs with 31 points.
Quincy 35, Wahluke 30
The host Jackrabbits picked up their first win of the season.
Cascade 65, Cle Elum 36
Cascade scored the first 20 points of the game.
Kelsey Graham, Sidney Coffin and Gabby Brulotte scored 12 points apiece.
The Kodiaks scored 40 points off Cle Elum-Roslyn’s 45 turnovers.
Entiat 49, Manson 35
Entiat’s young team used its home opener to get loose and shake out some jitters by shooting the ball 71 times to Manson’s 44.
Sophmore point guard for Entiat Jaelyn Davis scored 13 points.
Bridgeport 28, Waterville 25
Bridgeport held the lead to the end in a battle of defenses in Waterville.
“Both teams had a hard time knocking down shots,” said Bridgeport coach Brandon Boyd.
Bridgeport pulled ahead by 10 in the fourth and Waterville was able to cut that lead to three before Bridgeport ran out the clock.
Wenatchee 1,896, Eisenhower 1,800
The Wenatchee girls bowling team delivered Eisenhower its first loss of the season. The Panthers (6-1) lost the first game 795-750, but went on to win the second game 815-719 and won both baker games.
White River Classic (late Saturday)
Eastmont placed fifth at the White River Classic on Saturday with 118 points, led by Fabian Wickham’s championship win at 106 pounds.
Enumclaw won the team title with 187.5 points.