Moses Lake Christian boys, girls basketball teams fall to Riverside

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  • Rodney Harwood/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake Christian Academy's Pierre Boorman (32) blocks the shot of Ryan Myers of Riverside Christian during Thursday's action.

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    Rodney Harwood/Columbia Basin HeraldMoses Lake Christian's Aspen Merkle (12) defends the inbounds pass during the second half of Thursday night's game in Moses Lake.

  • Rodney Harwood/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake Christian Academy's Pierre Boorman (32) blocks the shot of Ryan Myers of Riverside Christian during Thursday's action.

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    Rodney Harwood/Columbia Basin HeraldMoses Lake Christian's Aspen Merkle (12) defends the inbounds pass during the second half of Thursday night's game in Moses Lake.

MOSES LAKE — Despite a rather poor rebounding and free-throw shooting night, the Moses Lake Christian Lions had a chance to win in the end on Senior Night.

Lions senior Walt Meise made the first of two free throws to make it a one-point game Thursday night against Riverside Christian, but couldn’t convert on the second. The Crusaders (7-3) went on a 6-0 run to close out a 52-44 victory on the road to end the regular season.

The two team will meet again on Feb. 13 in Yakima in the Central Washington 1B District Tournament. The Lions (9-2) don’t have a lot of time to lick their wounds or have any real reason to panic coach Lonny Brown said. They just have to do a better job on the defensive glass and make their free throws.

“The kids will always play hard, there’s no question of heart. The ball just didn’t go in and we missed free throws,” said Brown, whose team was 13-of-23 from the line. “We need to regroup and do a better job rebounding. They had way to many second, third and fourth chances tonight. It’s the second season and everybody’s 0-0. We need to go out and play the way we’ve been playing and we’ll be fine.”

Eighth-grade point guard Pierre Boorman had a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out with 1:22 remaining. Walt Meise had 11 points and Wes Meise contributed 10, for the Lions, who were outscored 21-9 in the final eight minutes.

Riverside’s Reagan Haas led the Crusaders with 17 points.

Riverside Christian 7 15 9 21 - 52

Moses Lake Christian 10 10 15 9 - 44

Riverside - Jerry Jennings 3, Ryan Myers 4, Brenden Lee 2, Regan Haas 17, Alec Bazaldua 10, Sam Allen 6, Levi Rivera 6, Justin Vickers 2. Totals: 15 2-10 52

Moses Lake Christian - Chris Voigt 2, Pierre Boorman 21, Wes Meise 10, Walt Meise 11. Totals: 14 13-23 44

GIRLS GAME

Riverside 37, Moses Lake Christian 25

The Moses Lake Christian girls stayed within reach through the first half of Thursday night’s Washington 1B regular-season finale. But the Crusaders (8-2) put together a 17-point final quarter to run away with a 37-25 victory on Senior Night.

Rylee Homesley scored a team-high eight points for the Lions, who led 14-12 at the half. Cassidy Stanley finished with 6 points and Jocelyn Lloyd added five.

Riverside Christian 5 7 7 17 - 37 Moses Lake Christian 8 6 3 8 - 25 Riverside - Kennedy Belknap 6, Caitlyn Bell 9, Laney Vance 2, Darian Ackerman 6, Izzy Sanders 7, Olivia Hull 7. Totals: 10 9-22 35 Moses Lake - Aidyn Waldrop 2, Aspen Merkle 1, Jocelyn Lloyd 5, Cassidy Stanley 6, Rylee Homesley 8, Anastasia Gulenko 3. Totals: 5 9-20 25

Other Basin scores

Zillah 77, Royal 32

Selah 55, Ephrata 48

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