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12/24/2013 9:15:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Cashmere wins two of three in busy week

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

In a hard-fought game to cap a hard-fought week, Cashmere lost to Omak on the Pioneers' home court, 57-53

Cashmere's turnovers, coupled with cold second-half shooting, allowed Omak to rally from behind and get the win, dropping Cashmere to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in league.

"They outplayed us for three quarters," head coach Levi Heyen said. "We got off to an early lead in the first quarter and they slowly chipped away."

Cashmere had 20 turnovers, and that really hurt the team's chances, Heyen said.

"Twenty turnovers, that's 20 shots that we're not getting up," he said. "Any time we get 20 turnovers, it's tough to overcome that."

The team shot 45 percent from the field in the first half, but only 22 percent in the second half.

Dylan Boyd led all Bulldogs with 28 points

"It was close," Boyd said. "They just made a lot of shots down at the end."

The Bulldog team includes many football players playing just their fifth basketball game after a long gridiron season. The absence of basketball legs played a factor, Boyd said, but overall the team "just played bad."

Mason Elliott followed Boyd with seven points.

"We weren't real balanced," Heyen said. "We need to have a little more balance. If we can get two or three guys in double digits, that's going to be ideal for us."

Elliott and Connor Badgley had eight rebounds. Omak outrebounded Cashmere 39-38, the first time since the season opener against Eastmont that the Bulldogs tally fewer rebounds than their opponent.

"They played tough and they were really scrappy," Heyen said of Omak. "They got a lot of loose balls, they were diving on the floor and getting those."

Cashmere's Badgley had his second consecutive strong rebounding performance. He collected 10 rebounds against Connell.

"He's doing well rebounding the basketball," Heyen said. "He played some solid defense against Omak."

Besides that, it was a long trip back south from Omak for the Bulldogs.

"It was one of those nights that you want to put behind you and learn from and move forward," Heyen said. "Hopefully it will be a turning point for us."

Before the Omak game, Cashmere defeated the Connell Eagles 53-38 at Wenatchee's Town Toyota Center, during the NCW Basketball Showcase.

Boyd had 19 points, Casey Ruether had 16 points and eight rebounds. Mason Elliott had six points and three assists. Parker Landdeck had three points and six rebounds.

Lastly, prior to the Connell game, Cashmere beat the visiting Quincy Jackrabbits 63-52. Cashmere followed a strong first half with a shaky third quarter that allowed a 15-point halftime lead to whittle down to three with five minutes left. Aided by a four-point play by Boyd -a three-pointed plus a foul shot-- late in the third, Cashmere nudged the Jacks aside and never again led by fewer than eight points.

Next up for the 'Dogs is a trip to Lynden for the Cloud 9 Invitational Tournament.

Cashmere will play 3-2 Sehome and 3-1 Meridian while out west.

"It will give us a chance to work on a couple of things before we get back into league after Christmas break," Heyen said.

The next league game is Jan. 3 against Cascade. As of Dec. 20, the Kodiaks are 1-5, with two more games between now and the game against Cashmere.

Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com





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