Boys basketball: Kiona-Benton falls in semifinals

February 9, 2013 

The Kiona-Benton boys basketball team got the shot it wanted, but Cristian Aguilar’s 3-point attempt rimmed out as the buzzer sounded Saturday.

The miss meant that Granger escaped with a 42-39 victory against the Bears in a District 5 Tournament championship semifinal at Columbia High in Burbank.

“We ran an inbounds play and had a 3-pointer rim out,” Kiona-Benton coach Jack Rose said. “Had the right guy shooting the right shot, it just went out.”

Aguilar, Kiona-Benton’s all-time leading scorer, finished with just four points, as the Bears struggled as a team to score the ball. Kiona-Benton finished 0-for-13 from beyond the arc.

Nate Christensen’s 10 points led the Bears, while Mick Phelps added nine.

Christian Ochoa’s 20 points led Granger, which will face either Naches Valley or Zillah in the district title game next Saturday at River View High in Finley.

“We played real tough defense,” Rose said. “They are usually a high scoring team.”

Kiona-Benton (16-7) will face Connell in an elimination game Thursday at a time, date and place to be determined. The Bears swept the Eagles during the regular season.

GRANGER — Cervantes 2, Muniz, Brown 7, Christian Ochoa 20, Maqurez, Castro, Pacheco 9, Equitua 4.

KIONA-BENTON — A. Cortez 6, T. Cortez 2, Garcia 6, Aguilar 4, Solorzano 2, Phelps 9, Nate Christensen 10.

Granger 15 9 9 9 — 42

Kiona-Benton 10 14 5 10 — 39

Connell 49, River View 46 (OT): Gage Taylor scored a game high 18 points to lead the Eagles past the host Panthers in a District 5 Tournament elimination game in overtime.

Taylor scored four of those points in the extra period.

Terran Brown and Josh Marshall each scored 14 points to lead River View, with Brown scoring the Panthers’ three overtime points.

CONNELL — Davidson 6, Erickson 11, Li, Chase 6, Holst 6, Gage Taylor 18, Syrie, Hopkins 2. Totals 22 2-8 49.

RIVER VIEW — Terran Brown 14, Bartlett 2, Moore 3, Willingham, Josh Marshall 14, Hana 5, Cooper, Rogers 8, Anderson. Totals 13 12-18 46.

Connell 8 11 14 10 6 — 49

River View 17 11 8 7 3 — 46

Columbia (Burbank) 46, Highland 37: The Coyotes flipped the scoreboard in the second half to keep their season alive at the District 5 tournament.

Trailing 25-19 at halftime, Columbia stepped up its defense to eliminate Highland.

“We were just kind of playing maybe a bit too excited, almost too much energy,” Columbia coach Todd Schumacher said. “We settled down and basically our defense just picked it up and we got them to turn it over.”

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — McBride 5, Wattenberger 9, Koopman 5, Mejia, Scott, Boulds 4, Barajas, Scrimsher, Miller 5, Jesse Romm 10, Ryckman 8.

HIGHLAND — Ruiz 7, Cable 1, Wise 2, Stohr 10, Rasmussen 5, Trepinare, Uriestegui 10, Burns 2, Lopez, Baughman, Silva.

Columbia 7 12 16 11 — 46

Highland 9 16 4 8 — 37

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