Dean Eastman scored a game-high 18 points and Jordan Prosser added 13 points and 11 rebounds as Eureka High School earned a 65-55 nonconference basketball victory over El Paso-Gridley Tuesday night at Eureka.
Eureka (4-3) jumped out to an early 19-5 lead before settling for a 33-26 advantage at halftime. El Paso-Gridley (2-2) rallied to within 42-40 in the third quarter before back-to-back 3-point field goals by Eureka's Clint Prather, his only points of the contest, pushed the margin back to 50-40.
The Hornets, who led 50-42 after three quarters, were never seriously threatened in the final period.
"Clint hit the two big 3s when we needed them," said Eureka coach Tim Meiss. "(El Paso-Gridley) Coach (Brian) Quam did a good job of preparing them for the game."
Brett Stewart added 12 points for Eureka. Colin Knapp dished out a team-high nine assists for the Hornets.
Michael Haas paced EPG with 17 points. Jake Foor added 11 points and a team-high six boards for the Titans.
"I thought our kids' effort was fantastic tonight," said Quam. "Eastman had his way with us tonight."
Monticello 68, Olympia 47
Sophomore Trever Drake scored a game-high 43 points as he led Monticello (3-1) to a nonconference victory over Olympia (3-3) at Monticello.
Drake's 43 points is the ninth best single game effort for Monticello since 1919. Drake finished 11 of 18 from the field , netting six of 10 3-point field goal attempts, while also finishing 15 of 18 from the free-throw line.
"Trever was just in the zone tonight," said Monticello coach Randy Moss. "They gave him open looks and he took advantage of them and kept knocking them down. He's been in double figures for us all season so far, but nothing like this."
Monticello shot 48 percent from the field, connecting on 21 of 44 and finished 75 percent from the free-throw line, making 18 of 24.
Leading the way for Olympia was sophomore center Colt Stroud with 13 points. Senior forward Travis Strubhar added nine points for the Spartans, as senior forward Darin Stappenbeck pulled down a game-high six rebounds.
Olympia shot 37 percent from the field and converted five of eight free throws.