Grizzly boys drop pair of games

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HELIX — Visiting Condon-Wheeler gradually pulled away from Helix here Saturday night en route to a 55-35 Big Sky Conference boys basketball victory.

The Blue Devils led 15-8 after the first quarter, extended their lead to 30-18 at the intermission and took a 44-26 advantage into the game’s final eight minutes. The Grizzlies mounted a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback but were unable to challenge the visitors’ big lead.

Riley Greenfield tallied 14 points and Evan Thompson added 13 to pace the Blue Devils. Brandon Thompson paced Helix with 10 points, with Derek Clark contributing nine.

In was the second Big Sky loss of the weekend for the Grizzlies, who traveled to Arlington on Friday and came out on the short end of a 61-40 score.

Arlington raced to a 13-4 first-quarter lead and pulled away from there.

Elvis Mustafic and Efren Zuniga paced a balanced Honkers attack with 14 points each. Zack Blinn and Kyle Wetherell added 11 points each and Jonah Davis chipped in with nine points. Mustafic sank four of Arlington’s eight 3-pointers in the game.

Clark and Levi Papineau led the Grizzlies with nine points each, Keenan Hack finished with seven and Jason Bushman and Brady Cope contributed six points each.

Helix finished its season 0-10 in Big Sky games and 3-19 overall. Condon finished 5-5 and 10-14 in the regular season and Arlington, which lost to Nixyaawii 63-49 Saturday, wound up 4-5 and 8-16.

Condon-Wheeler 55, Helix 35

CONDON-WHEELER (55) — Cortez, Colgan, McGinness 8, Waganer 6, Edwards 5, McCoin, Rietman 0, Thompson 13, Greenfield 14, James 9, Wright.

HELIX (35) — Bennett 6, Clark 9, Bushman 6, Thompson 10, Sprenger, Papineau 2, Hack, Wood, Cope, Russell 2.

Condon-Wheeler 15 15 14 11 — 55

Helix 8 10 8 17 — 35

3-point goals — C-W (Thompson 2), Helix (Clark). Total fouls — C-W 19, Helix 19. Fouled out — none. Technnical fouls — C-W (McGinness), Helix (Thompson).

Arlington 61, Helix 40

HELIX (40) — Clark 9, Bennett, Bushman 6, Thompson 4, Papineau 9, Hack 7, Cope 6, Sprenger, Willie Wood, Cope, Wilson.

ARLINGTON (61) — Blinn 11, Mustafic 14, Zuniga 14, Davis 9, Wetherell 11, Davis 1, Lopez, Cazares, Havner, Valdez.

Helix 4 15 12 10 — 41

Arlington 13 20 15 12 — 60

3-point goals — Arlington (Mustafic 4. Blinn, Zuniga, Davis, Wetherell), Helix (Clark 3, Hack). Total fouls — Helix 15, Arlington 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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