The Central Valley boys basketball team has at least eight players capable of scoring in double figures in any game.
A pair of Bears had career-high offensive efforts Saturday afternoon as Central Valley handled Ferris 75-58 in Greater Spokane League play at Wayne Gilman Court.
Starting guards Austin Rehkow and Garrett Sawyer scored 23 and 21 points, respectively. Sawyer scored 10 on 5-of-5 shooting in the fourth quarter when the Bears frequently broke full-court pressure.
The victory, the 12th straight for the Bears, secured the District 8 4A top seed for No. 4-ranked CV (15-2 overall, 14-2 league).
Saturday’s games were makeups from games postponed Jan. 20 because of poor weather.
From the tipoff, it appeared the game would be a back-and-forth tug of war. Ferris sophomore Cody Benzel came off the bench to make back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Saxons (12-6, 10-6) a 17-11 lead.
CV proceeded to go on a 17-2 run that spanned deep into the second quarter.
A driving basket by Adam Chamberlain gave CV its biggest lead in the first half at 39-21 with 17 seconds to go before intermission.
The Saxons’ four points in the second period all came at the free-throw line. Ferris went 0 for 9 from the field in the quarter.
“In the first quarter, it looked like it was going to be a horse race,” CV coach Rick Sloan said.
The game was a stark contrast to the first meeting in early January in which the Bears pulled out a 44-42 decision.
Ferris countered with some full-court pressure in the second half, pulling within 12 points on two occasions. But CV’s press-breaking scheme burned the Saxons, with Sawyer doing most of the damage.
“We shared the ball really well,” Sawyer said. “Any night anybody can step up. We knew they (the Saxons) had a lot of guys who could shoot it and we knew they get after it defensively. It basically came down to taking care of the ball and being smart.”
Two free throws by Rehkow with 1:58 remaining gave the Bears their biggest lead at 73-51.
“We’ve got guys who are willing to give the ball up,” said Rehkow, who finished with a team-high five assists to go with five rebounds. “If we have an open shot, we’re going to take it. If we drive and see somebody open, they’re going to get the ball.”
CV shot 70 percent (30 of 43) from the field.
The league championship could be decided Tuesday in the annual Stinky Sneaker showdown at the Arena against University (15-3, 13-3). Each team has two games left.
“We just keep focusing on the game ahead of us,” Sawyer said. “That game (against U-Hi) is up next. It should be a good one.”
Gonzaga Prep 65, Mead 29: The Bullpups (12-6, 12-4) secured the District 8 4A second seed by holding the visiting Panthers (4-14, 4-12) to a season low for points.
The Bullpups opened with a 13-0 lead. Sam Dowd led G-Prep with 12 points and TJ Bracey had 10 to go with seven assists. Ryan Gregory led with eight rebounds.
Mead’s Forrest Baker scored 15.
University 71, North Central 55: The visiting Titans (15-3, 13-3), who long ago secured the top District 8 3A seed, pulled away from the Indians (3-15, 3-13).
Brett Bailey led U-Hi with 18 points, seven coming in the third, and 10 rebounds. Zech Martin chipped in 15 points. NC’s Jamil Foster scored 21.