Boys basketball: Hanford's season comes to an end

February 16, 2013 

Shadle Park 49, Hanford 47: The Falcons ended a promising season on a heartbreaking note, losing on a buzzer-beating shot by Morgen Barnes, giving the Highlanders a spot in the regional round of the 3A state tournament.

“The kids battled back from 8 points down in the last 2 1/2 minutes, and then Joe Douglas fouled out,” Hanford coach Paul Mayer said of the Falcons all-Mid-Columbia Conference post who led them in scoring and rebounding. “They inbounded the ball with 8 seconds to go and their quick guy (Alvin) Welch drove and skipped it. It deflected, and (Barnes) picked it up and hit a little jump hook.”

Jalen Watson scored 15 points to lead Hanford (17-6), which held Shadle Park to just 5 points in the first quarter and led 25-22 at the half. The Highlanders worked back to tie it at the end of three quarters before pulling ahead in the fourth.

Shadle Park (13-10) will face Seattle Prep at 4 p.m. on Saturday at University High School.

“It’s a difficult way to end the season for a team that had been playing really well,” Mayer said. “We had a really good senior class that deserves a lot of credit for a great season.”

HANFORD — Jalen Watson 15, Jones 9, Sutey, Heid 3, Hannu, DeVine 8, Douglas 12.

SHADLE PARK — Pilimai 17, Neimeyer, Barnes 4, Welch 6, Knudsen 7, Kelley 11, Orcutt, Hagen 4.

Hanford 8 17 8 14 — 47

Shadle Park 5 17 11 16 — 49

Kiona-Benton 50, Columbia-Burbank 41: Cristian Aguilar and Mick Phelps scored 10 points apiece to lead five players with at least seven points as the Bears beat the Coyotes in Finley to advance to the regional round of the Class 1A state tournament.

“We only turned the ball over six times the whole game. (Burbank’s) press is really good. That’s how they get a lot of points,” Bears coach Jack Rose said. “We passed the ball really well today. I knew after the game it was balanced. It was everybody contributing.”

Kiona-Benton will play Seattle Academy at 4:45 p.m. Saturday for a chance to advance to the state quarterfinals at the SunDome in Yakima beginning Feb. 28. This marks the first time Ki-Be has advanced to the round of 16 since 2004.

“That’s a big accomplishment. We’ve got six seniors, and that was their goal,” Rose said.

COLUMBIA-BURBANK — McBride 7, Wattenberger 6, Koopman 3, Mejia, Scott, Barajas 1, Miller 5, Romm 5, Chris Ryckman 16.

KIONA-BENTON — A.Cortez 9, T.Cortez 8, Garcia 2, Aguilar 10, Solorzano 7, Jensen, Phelps 10, Christensen 2.

Columbia-Burbank 9 10 8 14 — 41

Kiona-Benton 12 11 10 17 — 50

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