By David Heiling
The Empire Press
WATERVILLE — The Waterville/Mansfield boys basketball team played flat against the visiting Hornets on Jan. 4, and fell to Oroville 46-29. The game turned out to be a sluggish offensive performance and a low-scoring game for the Shockers.
The Waterville/Mansfield basketball gym lost power prior to the evening’s games, putting both teams on ice until the issue was fixed. Unfortunately for the Shockers, the team came out onto the court after the power outage and couldn’t light up the scoreboard.
Oroville guard Spencer Martin filled the cup with 29 points, good for much more than 50 percent of the team’s scoring.
Waterville/Mansfield mustered a 38 percent conversion rate at the charity stripe and 24 percent from the field.
While pleased with his team’s defensive performance, Waterville coach Heath Jordan hopes to get the Shockers’ shooting game back on track.
“Offensively we couldn’t get the balls to fall in,” Jordan said. “We just have to start shooting the ball better in practice, doing a lot more shooting drills. Tonight we just couldn’t make a basket.”
Although the Shockers have a record of over .500 overall at 6-5, the league record is what counts the most heading down the final stretch of the season. As of this game, Waterville/Mansfield has a 3-4 record in Central Washington 2B League play, good for sixth place out of nine teams.
Brewster, Oroville, Tonasket, Manson and Lake Roosevelt make up the top five teams in the league.
Highlights for Waterville/Mansfield were Devyn Klinginsmith with 10 points and Jacob Stibal with 6 points.