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1/16/2013 5:10:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Coleman McElroy drives in for the layup against a Brewster defender at the home game on Jan. 8. McElroy added nine points to the scoreboard for the Bulldogs. Cashmere beat Brewster 60-55 in a close game.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Dylan Boyd, junior, goes one-on-one against Brewster early in the home game on Jan. 8. Boyd had 26 points, five assists and six steals. The Bulldogs and Bears were tied more than 10 times during this back and forth game.
Cashmere keeps in league race with wins over Brewster, Omak
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere Bulldogs boys basketball team (6-2, 9-5) hosted two home games last week, beating the Brewster Bears (5-3, 9-4) in a back and forth scoring match, and the Omak Pioneers (0-8, 4-10).

With Cashmere Head Coach Keith Boyd still out of the picture while recovering from a ruptured appendix, the people in the basketball community have come together to keep the Bulldogs on a winning streak. The game against the Bears was a close one, starting from the beginning with both teams scoring each time they had possession of the ball on Jan. 8. The Bulldogs took the lead for the first time three minutes into the game 8-6.

After Brewster answered the Bulldogs 2-point lead with a banked jump shot, the Bulldogs pulled ahead with a nine point stretch. The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs ahead 19-14.

Brewster came out strong in the second quarter scoring seven unanswered points. Senior Jordan Christensen went in for the layup to tie the score for the fourth time. Cashmere and Brewster were tied 11 times during the high intensity game.

With continued back and forth scoring, the second quarter ended with the Bulldogs behind 36-34. The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the third quarter but Brewster hit a few shots that the Bulldogs were unable to respond to. The third quarter ended with Cashmere behind by nine points.

In the first 10 seconds of the fourth quarter junior Dylan Boyd made a short jump shot to begin closing the gap. As the Bears tried to keep their lead, Boyd crashed the boards for a defensive rebound, drove the ball for a fast break, and drew a foul on the layup. Senior Coleman McElroy took a foul on a shot, shortly after and the Bulldogs started closing the gap making the score 47-44.

With six minutes to go, Boyd and McElroy chose a pick and role to add two on the scoreboard. After stopping the ball, Boyd made a clean pass to junior Casey Ruether who tied up the score 48-48. Once again the scoring went back and forth. The teams were tied 51-51 with 3:45 left and 53-53 with 2:12 left.

With less than two minutes on the clock, Christensen put the Bulldogs in the lead again with a 3-pointer. Boyd made two crucial steals to add four more points for the Bulldogs win. The game ended 60-55.

"It showed a lot of character for the kids to be down by nine going into the fourth quarter and then come back the way they did," Cashmere Superintendent Glenn Johnson said. "That's a character win when things aren't going your way and you can come back and get a win."

Boyd led the team with 26 points, five assists, and six steals. Ruether was the second leading scorer with 12 points. McElroy and Christensen both scored nine and teammate Mason Elliot had 11 rebounds and five assists.

"Everyone of those kids made big plays to get the stretch for the win it was pretty neat," Johnson said.

Head Coach Boyd is now out of the hospital and starting his healing process at home. On Saturday, before the game against the Pioneers, Boyd was able to hold a pre-game meeting to see the team for the first time since surgery.

"It was great for the kids to see him. In the meantime, there is a natural tendency for people to pull together and do a bit more but really what it comes down to is Keith has established the team," Johnson said. "He has made it so the program can continue while he is out for a short period of time. We have a lot of senior and junior leadership from the kids right now. It's a solid program."

The Bulldogs came out strong at the beginning of the game against the Pioneers taking a 28-11 lead in the first quarter. Cashmere held the Pioneers to only scoring 19 points for the other three quarters. The Bulldogs won 70-30.

Cashmere had 25 assists and everyone on the team had the chance to play an score.

"They got a lot of easy transition baskets from steals and played with a great team effort," Johnson said.

The Bulldogs out rebounded the Pioneers 38-14 and only had four turnovers.

Boyd scored 15 and had eight assists, McElroy scored 15m Christensen scored 14, Ruether scored 9, and Elliott had nine rebounds.

Cashmere played Quincy at home on Jan. 15 but results were unavailable at press time. On Friday, the team will make the long road trip to play against Tonasket (2-6, 6-6) at 7:30 p.m.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.





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