Sunday, February 25, 2024

Brewster basketball teams advance to District 5/6 quarterfinals


GRANGER – The Brewster High School varsity basketball teams have advanced to the third round of District 5/6 competition at Granger this Friday on the road to the Regional playoffs in Spokane later this month.
The Bears kept their undefeated Central Washington 2B League win streak intact with a 59-46 loser-out win over DeSales last Saturday, Feb. 10. The Irish, who finished fourth in the Eastern Washington 2B regular season, brought their 7-6 league record to Granger to meet the 16-0 Bears, after eliminating Manson, 54-48, in the first round.
Brewster grabbed a six-point, 18-12 lead in the first quarter and never let DeSales close the gap down the stretch. Triple-digit scoring from Joe Taylor, Corey Jarrell, and Kade Kelpman alone amount to more points than the entire Irish team tallied.
Taylor led all scorers with 21 points including five buckets from three-point range. Jarrell, with 15, connected on a trio of three-pointers, and Kelpman pumped in 12 points to go with his team-high seven rebounds. Juan Montoro and Foscher Miedema led DeSales with 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Bears opened a 12-point, 35-23, lead by halftime and were up 47-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Brewster faces Tri-Cities Prep in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The Jaguars, 12-2 in the regular season, entered District play in second place in the EW2B behind Kittitas.
Brewster: 18-17-12-12  59
DeSales: 12-11-13-10  46
Bears scoring
Joe Taylor – 21
Corey Jarell – 15
Kade Kelpman – 12
 Felix Nava – 4
Quincy Vassar – 3
Isaac Baker – 2
Cade Gebbers – 2
Caiden Riggan

Lady Bears fall
It was a different story for the Lady Bears who saw a fourth-quarter lead melt away in a 54-48 loss to Lake Roosevelt, a team Brewster had beaten twice during the regular season.
The Lady Bears opened the game with a first-quarter lead and were up 26-21 at halftime. Brewster was still ahead 36-33 at the start of the fourth quarter when the Lady Raiders erupted with a 21-point performance that caught and passed Brewster in the closing minutes.
Yvette Sanchez led Brewster with 12 points.
During the regular season the Lady Bears beat Lake Roosevelt, 58-52 on Dec. 5, and repeated, 53-30, on Jan. 29.
The Lady Bears will face DeSales, 1-1 in District 5/6 play, at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in a loser-out contest to meet the winner of Tonasket-Liberty Bell. The Lady Irish opened their District run by eliminating Waterville-Mansfield in the first round and losing to White Swan in the second. Brewster needs to get past DeSales and either the Tigers or Mountain Lions to claim fifth place at District and advance to the Regional bracket in Spokane.

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