Tiger boys clinch district playoff spot

Brent Baker/staff photo
Michael Orozco draws a foul on the way to the hoop during Tuesday’s playoff-clinching victory at Omak.

OMAK – Tonasket clinched its first district basketball tournament berth in six seasons with a win at Omak on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 67-58.

The Tigers led by as many as 12 points in the first half and were up 36-28 at the half.

Omak, led by Chance Williams, pulled to within 48-45 in the third quarter as the Tonasket offense sputtered.

The Tigers finished strong, starting with a nifty 40-foot, cross-court pass from Ian Young to Ethan Bensing that resulted in a harder-than-it-looked fast break basket.

Dyllan Gage scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (9-10, 4-9 Caribou Trail League) extended their lead.

Trevor Terris snapped out of a recent shooting slump to score 17 points, Bensing added 13 and Michael Orozco tallied 12.

Brent Baker/staff photo
Roberto Juarez shoots during Tuesday’s victory over Omak.

Tonasket plays at Quincy on Friday, Feb. 1 (a change from its originally scheduled date of Saturday). A victory would net the Tigers the league’s #5 seed into the district playoffs, while a loss would leave them at #6.

Either way, their Tuesday, Feb. 5, loser-out district playoff game will be on the road. A win earns a trip to Brewster while a loss means a trip to Cashmere or Chelan, depending on other results this weekend. 

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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