Shadle Park boys basketball has a busy two days ahead of it after rallying from a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter to dispatch Central Valley 62-50 Friday night at CV. On Monday the Highlanders host Mead in a makeup game and the next night face Gonzaga Prep in a game that could determine the Greater Spokane League championship.
The Highlanders were impressive in their comeback. First of all, WSU-bound Anthony Brown seems to be able to ratchet up his game when necessary. CV was up 32-21 in the first half and he buried a 3-pointer and finished with nine points to keep the team within distance. He wound up with 20 for the night. Second was Shadle’s passing. With all their movement, the players seemed to find open players with laser accuracy, kicking the ball in and out for unselfish looks. Third, even though Matt Barnes spent the game in foul trouble, he was there rebounding away at the end. And Jake Rodgers, filling in for him, came up with clutch rebounds and points in his stead. Luke Jordan and Taylor Pettersen are steady and consistent.
They way they and the Bullpups are playing right now it should be an interesting game next week. And with a five game lead over the rest of the field they’ve nearly got first or second places in league sewn up. As for the rest, they key is to be the ones playing well at season’s end, cuz nothing’s going to separate them in league (six are only a game apart).