Deep W-P boys team wins Helix tourney

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HELIX — Waitsburg-Prescott coach T.J. Scott continued to go deep on his bench here Wednesday during a 60-35 boys basketball victory over Klickitat in the championship game of the Helix Holiday tournament.

Lucan Gerke scored 13 points and Wyatt Withers added 10 to lead W-P, which saw 14 players see action and 12 contribute points on the offensive end.

"I usually go 10 or 12 players deep," Scott said. "And since this was a tournament, I brought 15, and they’re all contributing.

"I’ve got seven seniors on the roster, a couple of real good juniors, and I’m starting two sophomores," Scott added. "It’s a pretty deep team."

One of the sophomores, Zach Bartlow, sprained an ankle in Tuesday’s first-round victory over Powder Valley, so he sat out Wednesday’s game.

"We’re hoping to have him back for our game against DeSales next Friday," Scott said. "But we’re not sure. It was a bad one."

Waitsburg-Prescott is 6-1 on the season but is 0-1 in the Southeast B District after suffering its only defeat to Southern Division rival Liberty Christian.

Caleb Keys led Klickitat Wednesday with 17 points and seven rebounds, both game-high totals.

KLICKITAT (35) — Ramsey 2 2-2 6, Kessinger 4 0-1 9, Schlangon 0 0-0 0, Keys 8 0-1 17, Walters 0 3-10 3, Curtis 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 5-14 35.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (60) — Brannick 1 0-0 2, Hofer 2 1-4 6, Cady 2 2-2 6, Zuger 0 0-0 0, Withers 4 0-0 10, Brock 0 0-2 0, Gerke 2 9-12 13, Wooderchak 0 1-2 1, Alexinko 0 3-4 3, Kiefel 2 3-6 7, Lehr 1 0-0 2, McDaniel 1 0-0 2, Tiburcio 2 2-2 6, Baxter 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 21-34 60.

Klickitat 10 2 8 15 — 35

Waitsburg-Prescott 14 11 19 16 — 60

3-point goals — Klickitat (Kessinger, Keys), W-P (Hofer, Withers 2). Total fouls — Klickitat 20, W-P 15. Fouled out — Klickitat (Keys, Schlangon). Technical fouls — Klickitat (bench). Rebounds — W-P 46 (Gerke 6, Zuger 6), Klickitat 34 (Keys 7). Turnovers — W-P 26, Klickitat 22.

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