We’re taking an inside look at the top teams, best players, emerging X-factors and projected finish for each Class 2A boys basketball league around the state of Washington.
Here’s a look at the Class 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference:
Toppenish is without a blemish through the first half of league play in a CWAC that Ephrata coach Brandon Evanson says “has 8-to-10 teams that can beat any other team,” and picked up a win at the buzzer against 1A power Zillah. The Wildcats don’t have a player taller than 6-foot-1, but a roster full of tough, athletic players, led by 6-foot guard Isaac Perez, makes up for it.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stop if you’re heard this before: a Pepper is leading Selah’s basketball team. This year it’s Noah Pepper, and the 6-foot-4 junior guard/forward is having a league-MVP-caliber season, most recently exemplified in his 36-point, 21-rebound game in a win over Quincy.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR
The Ephrata Tigers are dangerous, in part because a smattering of players can score the ball. Five players have led the team in scoring this season. Among others, senior Lakota Lang is a gifted floor general, 6-foot-6 Boe Hesse provides a low post presence and Jayce Moore can shoot from deep.