Earlier this season, the Central Valley dropped into town in late December to deliver a 68-44 holiday beatdown to the Richland boys basketball team at Art Dawald Gymnasium.
That one sort of stuck in the Bombers craw for the last several weeks.
They got a chance for some payback Friday night in the District 5/8 Tournament at Art Dawald, as Richland used a strong defensive performance and fed off the emotion of an electrified crowd to hand Central Valley a 66-54 loss just its second of the year.
We didnt give an inch tonight, Bombers coach Earl Streufert said. I cant get over how defensively committed we were tonight. We kept grinding to get things done. Im really proud of that.
Richland will get a weeks worth of rest before traveling to Wenatchee on Saturday to play against the No. 8 seed from District 3/4 in the regional round of the 4A state tournament.
This feels really good, because they kicked our butts earlier this year. Its great to be the regional champions, said Nathan Streufert, who scored a game-high 18 points and added three assists. Coach always tells us in warmups that we look flat, so we wanted to change that tonight.
Streufert helped fuel that emotion, leaping high into the air and pumping his first after draining a 3-pointer from the left wing early in the second quarter, giving Richland a 21-17 lead.
Richland went on an 11-4 run to open the second quarter, giving the Bombers a 25-19 lead with 4:30 to go in the half. Austin Daines drained a 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the second to cap another 9-0 run that put Central Valley up 28-25.
Richland went on a 8-0 run to end the half to take a 33-28 lead. The Bombers would not trail again.
Seconds before the half, Central Valley guard Austin Rehkow threw up a desparation 3-pointer, but Ryan Deckard got the rebound just a few feet from the hoop. Deckard got off a short jumper just before the halftime buzzer, but Payton Radliff had a running start and leaped to swat it into the stands.
That sent the crowd into a frenzy.
I was really happy they didnt score before the half. He could have dribbled it off his foot, and Id have been just as happy, Bombers coach Earl Streufert said. The crowd has been rolling for us. It was nice to give something back there.
Radliff finished with 16 points but also shined on defense, holding Chamberlain an all-GSL guard down on offense and managing three steals on defense. He also hit a pair of 3-pointers, both in the second half.
This is a big confidence builder for us, Radliff said. Weve still got to get ready for next week. But its a lot nicer to play a No. 8 seed than a No. 4 seed.
The frustration began to show late for Central Valley. Seconds after Chamberlain drew his third foul with 6:10 left in the third quarter, Bears coach Rick Sloan said something that caused referee Dan Ivey to give him a technical foul.
Still, Sloan didnt fault the referees for the loss.
We beat them pretty solidly here, but I thought they defended well today, Bears coach Rick Sloan said. When your shots arent falling, youve got to defend a little better.
CENTRAL VALLEY Adam Chamberlain 14, Knudsen 10, Rehkow 6, Daines 5, Byus 12, Deckard 6, Carolan, Fayant, Hannan. Totals 21-53 9-14 54.
RICHLAND DeVries 10, Beo 11, Payton Radliff 16, Hilty 11, Nathan Streufert 18, Broeske, Crandall, Baird. Totals 26-64 10-17 66.
Central Valley 15 13 11 15 54
Richland 14 19 20 13 66
Highlights Rebounds: CV 42 (Rehkow 8), R 37 (Beo 8); 3-pointers: CV 2 (Knudsen, Rehkow), R 4 (Radliff 2, Streufert, DeVries); Turnovers: CV 10, R 4; Streufert 3 assists; Rehkow 3 assists.