Prep boys basketball: King’s 53, Sultan 41

SHORELINE — In a defensive battle that might not have been all that entertaining to watch but showcased two strong teams in the conference, King’s took a four-point lead after three quarters and tripled it in the fourth on the way to a 53-41 Cascade Conference victory over Sultan.

“It was just a grinder,” said King’s head coach Rick Skeen. “We might have had some fans wanting their money back. It was kind of a street fight. But that is what happens when you get two strong teams playing really solid defense.”

On offense Brock VandenEkart of Sultan and Caleb Taylor of King’s co-led with 15 points.

Keeping VandenEkart in check was a part of the reason his team was able to pull off the victory, according to Skeen.

“(VandenEkart) can score 30 any given night. We have a lot of respect for him,” Skeen said.

That respect extended to Sultan’s coach and its prospects.

“It was kind of like a playoff game in December. I’d like to think that Sultan is one of the top two teams in the league along with Cedarcrest,” Skeen said.

At King’s H.S.

Sultan811139—41

King’s8131517—53

Sultan—Robbie Rappuhn 2, Steven Branham 0, Bubba Branham 4, Brock VandenEkart 15, Cooper Beucherie 4, Sam Cotterill 1, Antonio Rivas 4, Deion Bonilla 11. King’s—Andrew Ayers 11, Brian Hughes 12, Caleb Taylor 15, Reid Jones 0, Josh Alexander 5, David Barhanovich 0, Jacob Storkson 0, Daniel Fouty, Calvin Kispert 8, Mason Friedline 2. 3-point goals—Ayers 1, Taylor 1, Alexander 1. Records—Sultan 1-1 league, 2-3 overall. King’s 2-0, 3-2.

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