Central Valley, Gonzaga Prep leaving others in their wake
The gap between the top two teams in Greater Spokane League boys basketball and the other eight in the league widened a touch Friday.
League-leading Central Valley had no difficulty topping visiting Mt. Spokane 56-27. Gonzaga Prep also had no difficulty, turning back visiting Mead 63-32.
Central Valley 56, Mt. Spokane 27: The Bears (11-0 overall, 9-0 league) dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats (4-7, 3-6) by a wide 39-23 margin.
Leading the way was 6-foot-5 junior post Beau Byus, who had a game-high 13 rebounds to go with a game-high 14 points.
Gonzaga Prep 63, Mead 32: The Bullpups (9-2, 8-1) outscored the Panthers (8-3, 6-3) 20-1 in the second quarter on their way to a 35-9 lead at halftime.
And the Bullpups were only starting. They outscored Mead 24-10 in the third to take a 59-19 lead into the final period.
Ekow Nottinson and Sam Dowd scored 14 points apiece and Jacob Groh added 11 to lead G-Prep. William McPhee led Mead with 10 points.
University 62, Shadle Park 59: In a key game among 3A teams, the visiting Titans (7-4, 6-3) withstood a rally in the fourth quarter.
U-Hi led 28-23 at halfime and appeared to have things in hand after the Titans outscored the Highlanders (5-6, 4-5) 24-11 in the third.
Brett Bailey, held to three points in the first half, finished with a game-high 21 to lead U-Hi and Ben Kuiper added 13. Kyle Knutsen led Shadle with 18 and Skyler Kelley added 15.
Rogers 65, North Central 44: Amaujae Daniels scored 30 points to lead the visiting Pirates (2-9, 1-8) past the Indians (0-11, 0-9).
Jalen Woodard led NC with 16 points and 12 rebounds.