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1/23/2014 12:58:00 PM
Tigers battle it out, Entiat prevails
Matt Baide
Staff Writer

The Entiat Tigers earned a big league win last Tuesday, Jan. 14, against the Oroville Tigers on the road, 65-49.
"The first half was a back and forth affair," Entiat Coach Miles Caples said. "We were pushing a little too hard in the first half and as a result had a number of unforced errors. The second half we settled down and moved the ball very well. We also tightened up our defense and as a result, extended the lead out for the victory."
The team had four players score in double figures: Entiat's Keith Larsen and Trang Tran each tied for a team-high 16 points. Teammate Edwin Medina scored 11 points and Alberto Quezada chipped in 10 points. Noe Quezada came up just short of double-digit points with nine.
Entiat tried to start a win streak following the Tuesday win with a game against Soap Lake on the road, Friday, Jan. 17. Entiat played hard, but Soap Lake was too much, earning a 67-35 win.
Soap Lake has two players that are 6 feet 7 inches, which gave the Eagles an advantage in the post.
"We went up against size which we will not normally encounter at this level with two 6'7" post players," Caples said. "To complicate matters, our two biggest players are currently out with injuries so we struggled with the match-ups. Our players competed hard but the battle inside was just too much."
Entiat's Troung Tran led the team with 22 points.
The Tigers looked to bounce back the next night at home against the Kittitas Cougars. Entiat lost its second straight game, 49-30.
Entiat was down early as Kittitas played well to hold a 13-2 lead after the first quarter. That quarter proved to be the difference as the Tigers were never able to get anything going to mount a comeback.
"We dug ourselves a hole getting down 13-2 after one period and could never reverse things as we played fairly even the rest of the game," Caples said. "Inefficiency on the offensive end hurt us in this contest in that we had good opportunities but were not able to convert."
The Tigers had no players break double figures. Entiat's Trang Tran and Troung Tran led the team with six points each.
Entiat has a pair of home games this week. The Tigers took on Wilson Creek this past Tuesday, Jan. 21. This Friday, Jan. 24, the Tigers will host Columbia Basin Secondary.

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