In a tight contest that featured nine lead changes and seven ties – the last one early in the fourth quarter at 44-44 – the Sunnyside Grizzlies ended the game living up to their name. The Grizzlies finished on a 16-4 run and roughed up the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors 60-48 at the Mountlake Terrace Holiday Tournament on Friday.
Sunnyside guards Trey Sanchez and Art Palacios led the assault, scoring 13 of the Grizzlies’ 16 fourth-quarter points. Sanchez ended the tilt with 22 points, Palacios with 16 points.
Though the Grizzlies (9-1 overall) closed strong, it was self-inflicted wounds that ultimately did in the Warriors. E-W shot 0-11 from the field and committed seven turnovers in the final six minutes of the clash. The team’s only fourth-quarter points came from a short Noah Becker jumper early in the period and four converted free throws in the final 2:24.
Michael Epoch led the Warriors in scoring with 14 points; Mutdung Bol and Noah Becker each added 11 points in the defeat.
Friday’s game was the second at the tournament that E-W (6-4 overall) played without three key teammates, Ezekiel Tomas and the Acholonu brothers, Uchenna and Chinedu.
Prep Boys Basketball: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Sunnyside, Dec. 29
Edmonds-Woodway 14 13 15 6 — 48
Sunnyside 9 14 21 16 — 60
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Michael Epoch 14, Mutdung Bol 11, Noah Becker 11, Kameron Eck 6, Erroll Richards 4, Brian Bunyatipanon 2, Tollak Crawford, Silas Puetz
Sunnyside scoring: Trey Sanchez 22, Art Palacios 16, Derrick Escalmilla 9, Issy Zavala 6, Ethan Copeland 5, Daniel Singleterry 2, Gus Contreras, Nick Erwin
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 1-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 6-4 overall; Sunnyside 2-1 in Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference, 9-1 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Stanwood, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 7:15 p.m. at Stanwood High School
Mountlake Terrace Holiday Tournament, scores from Day 4 (Friday, Dec. 29)
Sunnyside 60 – Edmonds-Woodway 48
Sehome 86 – Nathan Hale 82 (OT)
Ballard 50 – Auburn Mountainview 45
Mountlake Terrace 64 – Ferndale 41
— By Doug Petrowski