The game wasn't an artistic success by any means, but a win's a win and Central Valley got a needed one over Lewis and Clark New Year's Eve day in Greater Spokane League boys basketball. There were too many unforced errors and wild shots for my liking - an indication why this year's league is so unpredictable. Consistency comes from taking care of fundamental business, rather than relying on athleticism
The Tigers led early, but then were victimized by their own carelessness. Leading 17-12, they were outscored 9-2 in the final two minutes of the second quarter and fell behind 21-19 at intermission. J.C. Agen, who had struggled, scoring no more than eight points in any of CV's first six games (five of them losses), went on a third quarter tear, scoring 11. The Bears scored the final seven points of the quarter for a 39-25 lead. LC wiped out most of a 13-point deficit in less than a minute, but CV weathered the final 17 seconds to win 52-45. As one LC parent put it, "the first team to 50 wins." By winning, Central Valley goes into tonight's game against University with a chance to move two games ahead in the race for a district playoff berth and is now but a game out of the No. 2 spot - that's how close things are. CV coach Rick Sloan said earlier in the year he wanted to take it slow the early part of the season because history indicates that teams with football players who played into the post-season tend not to shake fatigue if too much is expected early in a basketball season. The Bears start four players who were instrumental in their quarterfinal football appearance. They'd been close, but found wins hard to come by earlier.
Other 4A positional games tonight are Mead at Lewis and Clark and Gonzaga Prep at Ferris, which could further jumble the picture. Mt. Spokane hosts North Central in the 3A feature.