Richland falls to third-ranked Central Valley

By Craig Craker, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 25, 2012 

SPOKANE -- For a fourth consecutive season the Richland boys basketball team was within a win of the state tournament.

And for a fourth consecutive year, the Bombers fell short.

Despite a big second half rally Friday and a stellar second quarter from Payton Radliff, Richland lost 76-63 to Central Valley in a Class 4A Eastern Washington Regional Tournament game at Spokane Falls Community College.

"We'd get right to the edge of the hole we'd dug ourselves," Richland coach Earl Streufert said, "and they'd throw some more dirt on us."

The Bears, who qualified for the Class 4A state tournament next weekend in Tacoma, jumped out to a 12-point first quarter lead and still held a double digit advantage into the third quarter.

The Bombers rallied, though, using a 7-0 run to pull within one at 47-46 on a Mason Hilty 3-pointer.

But the Bears quickly pulled away.

Gaven Deyarmin had a three-point play and in a crucial series, the Bombers missed two free throws on one end, and after an offensive rebound, were called for an offensive foul.

The Bears then wound the clock down and Austin Rehkow banged home a 3-pointer to end the quarter and give Central Valley a 57-48 lead after three.

"They just came out with more energy than we did," Colter Quick said. "They were more ready to play and they got out to a big lead and we just couldn't cut into it."

The Bombers had a few more runs in them in the fourth quarter, pulling within 59-53, but two missed layups by Richland and a bucket at the other end quickly stretched it back out.

"It's pretty frustrating," Quick said. "It was just a tough game. We're all disappointed."

The Bombers struggled out of the gates, giving up nine layups in the first eight minutes and falling behind 24-12 after two. A team that relies on strong 3-point shooting, the Bombers were 2-for-8 in the first quarter.

But sophomore Payton Radliff went to work in the second quarter, singlehandedly leading the Bombers back into it.

Radliff made back-to-back layups to open the quarter, then hit three consecutive 3-pointers and added two free throws for good measure. He scored 15 of Richland's 17 points in the quarter.

"He played like a sophomore to start, but after a short break, he played tough," Streufert said. "He really saved us and kept us in the game."

The loss ends an up-and-down season for Richland, which featured a strong run at the end for the Bombers capped by a victory over defending Class 4A state champion Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday.

It ended with disappointment, though, as Richland struggled defensively.

"We overachieved this year," Streufert said. "The bottom line is, we didn't guard very well. It's a little frustrating. I thought we'd give them a better game."

Radliff finished with 19 points. Quick added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Deyarmin led the Bears with 23 points, while Garrett Sawyer had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

RICHLAND -- Tyrell Turner 2 6-9 11, Colter Quick 5 2-2 14, Streufert 4 0-2 8, Hilty 2 0-0 5, Fuller 1 0-0 3, Malone 0 0-2 0, Payton Radliff 6 4-4 19, Baker 1 0-0 3, Eiden 0 0-0 0, Wheeler 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-19 63.

CENTRAL VALLEY -- Gaven Deyarmin 10 3-5 23, Brommer 4 0-1 8, Garrett Sawyer 5 0-0 12, Austin Rehkow 5 3-4 15, Byus 2 0-0 4, Nimri 2 0-0 4, Wiecking 0 3-4 3, Chamberlain 3 1-3 7, Knudsen 0 0-2 0,Terrell 0 0-0 0, Dach 0 0-0 0, Deckard 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 10-19 76.

Richland 12 17 19 15 -- 63

Central Valley 24 12 21 19 -- 76

3-point goals -- Richland 9 (Radliff 3, Quick 2, Turner, Hilty, Fuller, Baker), CV 4 (Sawyer 2, Rehkow 2). Total fouls -- Richland 21, CV 18. Fouled out -- none. Technicals -- none. Rebounds -- Richland 31 (Quick 7), Central Valley 33 (Sawyer 10). Turnovers -- Richland 13, CCV 15.

Davis 69, Evergreen (Vancouver) 46: The No. 1 ranked Pirates showed they have no problem matching up with a bigger team, dominating the Plainsmen and locking up a third consecutive trip to the state tournament in Tacoma.

Davis used a 14-0 run late in the second quarter to break open the game, going from tied 22-22 to up 36-22.

Raymond Navarro hit a pair of 3-pointers in the spurt.

"We got away from our defense and we knew we couldn't give them second-half points," Davis' David Trimble said. "We knew we had to push the ball and we wanted to play at our tempo.

"It's crazy to be going back with the same group of guys you grew up playing with."

Trimble led the Pirates with 16 points.

EVERGREEN (VANCOUVER) -- Price, Ballard 6, Jenkins 2, Shirts 2, Johnson, Finnegan, Tre Clark 18, Gurnsey 6, Morris 2, Dressler 8, Phillips 2. Totals 20-35 6-11 46.

DAVIS -- Kupp 13, Acosta 2, Navarro 9, Chapman, Luckett 10, David Trimble 16, Vijarro 6, Lizotte 3, Jones, Allen 8, Knox. Totals 20-36 5-8 69.

Evergreen 12 10 10 14 -- 46

Davis 20 14 19 16 -- 69

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