Still lagging behind a bit in the early season because of the football team’s state championship run, the Kamiakin High School boys basketball team had to fight for a 49-43 home win over Kennewick on Saturday night in Mid-Columbia Conference play.

In a game during which Kamiakin (3-0, 2-0) turned the ball over 20 times and Kennewick (1-3, 0-1) shot 26 percent from the field, the Braves again needed some stellar play on the boards (won rebounds 43-31) and on defense to pull out the win. They beat Southridge 50-34 in similar fashion Friday in their MCC opener.

“We haven’t practiced much, but we’ve really defended and rebounded well the last two games,” Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said. “We knew we were going to be rusty this weekend, so to see those things come together was really nice.”

Garrett Paxton scored 13 points for Kamiakin and dished out five assists. Isaiah Brimmer chipped in 11 points and had a game-high eight boards.

Leo Olmos scored a game-high 18 points for Kennewick and was 6 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Kennewick had just 23 points heading into the fourth quarter before hitting its offensive stride.

KENNEWICK: Leo Olmos 18, Nieves 2, Jenner Norwood 6, Pearson 2, Thornton 2, Chavez, Bambock 2, Sanders 3, Zamora 5, Mendoza 3, Schwartz. Totals: 15-57 11-14 43.

KAMIAKIN: Bailey 9, Garrett Paxton 13, Wolf 2, Grayson 3, Brimmer 11, Green, Flynn 9, Nichols, Pischel 1, Mohlman 1. Totals: 19-41 7-19 49.













Highlights — Ke, Tyler Pearson 7 rebs; Leo Olmos 6-8 FTs. Ka, Isaiah Brimmer 8 rebs; Garrett Paxton 5 assts.