Kamiakin boys top Pasco 47-35

Kamiakin boys top Pasco 47-35

It’s not necessary for the Kamiakin boys basketball team to sink every shot to be successful.

What is critical for the Braves, however, is to take care of the ball on every possession.

So even though Kamiakin shot just 34 percent from the field during a Mid-Columbia Conference matchup in Pasco, Braves coach Brian Meneely was all smiles after a 47-35 road victory over the Bulldogs.

“I thought (ballhandling) made a huge difference,” Meneely said after Kamiakin committed just six turnovers for the entire game. “Our offense didn’t feed their offense. If you give them a head start, you’re not going to catch them.”

Instead it was the Braves that got off to the hot start, hitting seven of their first 12 shots to build a 15-4 first-quarter lead.

But Pasco returned fire with a 10-0 run sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Julian Figueroa and Efrain Cardoza. Figueroa grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the putback with 5:56 left in the half, pulling to within one point at 15-14.

Meanwhile, the Kamiakin offense was running cold, missing 10 consecutive shots during a 6 minute stretch from the end of the first quarter to the middle of the second.

But the Braves snapped out of it and kept things tight on defense, holding Pasco scoreless for a 4 1/2 minute stretch toward the end of the second quarter to push the lead back to 29-19 at the half.

“It’s hard to defend when you’re not scoring,” Meneely said. “I’m happy with this group in that regard.”

Neither team shot well the rest of the way, but the Bulldogs scored just five points in the third quarter, falling behind 39-24 before the fourth quarter.

John Petsch led Kamiakin with 16 points and nine rebounds. The junior guard combined with seniors Cooper Clyde and Javan Williams to give the Braves a clean perimeter game with crisp passing, strong defense and a dominating rebounding presence.

Kamiakin outrebounded Pasco 42-31. Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds. Clyde finished with 15 points and eight boards.

“I’ve been working a lot. I’ve been wanting this for a long time,” said Petsch, who played on junior varsity last season while the varsity earned its second consecutive trophy finish. Petsch is hoping to contribute to another memorable finish.

With the all-around effort he displayed Friday, he gives the Braves a trio of guards as good as any in the area.

Petsch showed his versatility early, attacking the basket off the dribble for his first points of the night. Then he posted up low for two points inside. He capped the Braves’ scoring at the end of the first half, driving the left baseline for a slick double-pump layin with 10 seconds left.

He said Meneely counts on him for a different things at different times. Against Pasco, the Braves needed Petsch to attack and rebound, and he did both extremely well.

“We had a couple of tough games recently. Today we got to open things up offensively,” Petsch said.

But it was on the boards where Meneely said he made the biggest difference.

“He really rebounded well tonight, but he got his hands on a lot more basketballs,” Meneely said.

Julian Figueroa led Pasco with 13 points, finishing the game with a nice coast-to-coast layin, getting fouled in the process, with 1:18 to go.

He converted the free throw to complete the three-point play.

“Julian is a player who can do so much,” Meneely said. “He’s got a quick release. He gave them a big spurt.”

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Braves Beat 'Stangs of Redmond

Cooper Clyde had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Javan Williams added 10 and 11 to lead Kamiakin to a 54-42 victory over Redmond at the SunDome Shootout in Yakima.

Kamiakin took control early, limiting Redmond to just 13 first-half points.

“We had a really nice half,” Braves coach Brian Meneely said. “Obviously we get 21 points in the second half to open up that big lead. It was nice going into halftime.”

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Braves Run K-Town

Braves Win Kennewick/Southridge Showdowns

In back-to-back games the Kamiakin Braves gained early season bragging rights heading into the Christmas Holiday.  On Friday the Braves defeated the Kennewick Lions 61-53 behind a solid effort from Senior Javan Williams.  Williams had a double-double with 17pts and 11rebounds, Senior Cooper Clyde lead all scorers with 17pts.

Then on Saturday, the Braves and RUN-KANO student section invaded the Southridge Suns gym and took down the Suns 43-35.  Clyde again led all scorers with 16 as the Braves improved to 7-1 and 4-0 in MCC League play.

The Braves get a couple days off and then get a couple of non-league games vs Redmond (WA) and Capital (WA) before resuming league play Jan 4th on the road vs. Pasco.

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Braves Move to 3-0

Kamiakin 46, Hermiston 41: Kylle Robertson scored 14 points, and Javan Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Braves to a road victory over the Bulldogs.

Hermiston cut into Kamiakin’s lead with an 18-point fourth quarter, but the Braves counteracted on the other end.

“The kids did a good job of finishing the game,” Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said.

Kamiakin Wins 2012-13 Season Opener

Braves Win Home Opener Vs. Post Falls

The Kamiakin Braves opened the 2012-13 season with new faces but still the same results.  In a non-league game played at Kamiakin HS the Braves defeated he visiting Post Falls Trojans from Idaho 43-36.

Senior Cooper Clyde led all scorers with 20pts.

The Braves host 2013 4A State Champions Davis Pirates at home Tuesday 12/4 at 7:30p

KAMIAKIN 43, POST FALLS (IDAHO) 36: Cooper Clyde, the only senior on the court for Kamiakin, had 20 points, and Kyle Robertson had 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Braves to a home win over the Trojans. “It was nice to start the season off with a victory,” Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said. “We’ll learn from it and keep going.”