Roundup: Burbank's run ended by Okanogan

By Craig Craker, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 24, 2013 

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Sometimes you just have to tip your hat and move on.

The Columbia (Burbank) boys basketball team ran into a powerhouse Saturday during the Class 1A regional playoffs, losing 57-34 to Okanogan at Central Valley High.

"That's probably the best team we've played all year," Columbia coach Todd Schumacher said. "We didn't play our best game. We were frustrated with how we played, but you have to give them credit."

The Bulldogs used their huge size advantage and strong guard play to dominate every aspect of the game and earn a trip to the Class 1A state tournament Thursday at the SunDome in Yakima. It is their first trip to state since 2001.

"Realistically, the more teams open up the court for us the better it is," Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. "That was probably not a good matchup for (Columbia)."

Indeed it was not.

Okanogan jumped out to a 9-0 lead and used a stifling zone defense that pushed the Coyotes guards out nearly to halfcourt on offense.

Still, the Columbia players felt they could've played better than the final tally indicated.

"Our defensive effort is what broke us," Columbia junior Chris Ryckman said. "It's very disappointing. It doesn't do our season justice."

The matchup was a clash of styles, as the Bulldogs easily broke down the Coyotes' full-court press, which is what had led them to their improbable trip to the regional playoffs in the first place.

"They handled our press by going over the top," Schumacher said. "Then you try to take away their guards and they go inside to a 6-5 and 6-6 kids. If you try to slow down the big guys, they hit 3-pointers.

"We had game film on them, but it doesn't do them justice."

From the opening tip, it looked like it would be a long night for the Coyotes.

Columbia fell in that aforementioned 9-0 hole and trailed 18-6 after the first 8 minutes. The Coyotes also committed eight first-quarter turnovers, struggling with the Bulldogs' zone defense.

They trailed 34-17 at halftime, and any hopes for a comeback were quickly snuffed. The Coyotes had been a second-half team all season, but Okanogan outscored Columbia 17-2 in the third quarter and pulled its starters soon after.

"It's tough," Konnor Miller said. "We got off to a tough start and we didn't do well on offense. They got a lot of breakaway points."

Miller did his part, scoring the Coyotes' first eight points.

But that height disadvantage showed up on the rebound chart, as Columbia was often held to one shot. Add in the big fellas underneath changing shots, and it forced a lot of rushed attempts at layups that rimmed out.

"We have to not let this game define our season," Schumacher said. "As bad as it feels, our season was a great ride. This team did a lot that wasn't expected and they even proved themselves wrong.

"I hope that confidence will continue with the younger kids. The experience of being here is half the battle."

Ryckman's 10 points led the Coyotes, while Miller finished with eight. Jesse Romm's seven rebounds led Columbia.

Justin Rivas' 15 points led the Bulldogs, while Jim Townsend had 12 points and six rebounds. Okanogan outrebounded Columbia 53-41.

"It's disappointing, but we made it here," Ryckman said. "We can continue to do that. It shouldn't be once every 10 years. It should be expected every year."

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) -- Jesse Romm 0 1-2 1, Konnor Miller 4 0-0 8, Jose Barajas 1 0-0 3, Chris Ryckman 3 3-4 10, Andrew Wattenburger 3 0-0 6, David Meija 1 1-2 3, Josh Koopman 0 1-2 1, Matt Boulds 0 0-0 0, Jenner Scrimsher 0 0-0 0, LJ Scott 0 2-4 2, Justin McBride 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-14 34.

OKANOGAN -- Jim Townsend 5 2-3 12, Justin Rivas 6 2-5 15, Tyler Morris 0 1-2 1, Quinton Oliver 4 0-2 9, Justin VanderWeide 3 1-2 7, Jason Perez 0 1-2 1, Taylor Kerr 1 0-0 2, Trevor Hathaway 3 1-3 7, Clay Ashworth 1 0-0 3, Colton Crowson 0 0-0 0, Ben Cate 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-19 57.

Columbia 6 9 2 15 -- 34

Okanogan 18 16 17 6 -- 57

3-point goals--Columbia 2 (Ryckman, Barajas), Okanogan 3 (Rivas, Oliver, Ashworth). Rebounds--Columbia 40 (Romm 7), Okanogan 53 (Oliver, Kerr 8). Blocked shots--Columbia 1 (McBride), Okanogan 5 (Hathaway 4). Turnovers--Columbia 25, Okanogan 22. Total fouls--Columbia 15, Okanogan 17.

Seattle Academy 43, Kiona-Benton 27: The Bears were smack in the middle of a heated contest when suddenly everything went cold.

Ki-Be managed just four points over the final 12-plus minutes of the game in a regional loss at West Valley.

Anfernee Cortez and Mick Phelps each scored eight points to lead Ki-Be, and Cristian Aguilar scored all seven of his in the first quarter.

But the game swung in the middle of the third quarter and Seattle Academy up 26-23.

"They got a steal, then an and-one, and just went on a roll after that," Ki-Be coach Jack Rose said. "We only scored four points after that. ... They're a fantastic defensive team."

The Bears (18-8) ended a strong season one game short of reaching the state tournament's final eight.

"I told the six seniors, we had a fantastic season," Rose said. "Nothing to hang their heads about."

KIONA-BENTON -- Anfernee Cortez 8, T. Cortez, Garcia 2, Aguilar 7, Solorzano, Mick Phelps 8, Christensen 2.

SEATTLE ACADEMY -- Washington 12, Davydov 4, Shierer 10, Hobbs 4, Gerke 13.

Kiona-Benton 9 6 8 4 -- 27

Seattle Academy 9 13 9 12 -- 43

Girls

Wapato 61, Grandview 60: Jamila Shafer had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Payton Parrish added 14 and eight, but the Greyhounds' comeback came up short in a Class 2A regional loss at Ellensburg on Friday.

Breanna Lopez scored 13 points for Grandview. Darian Gasseling scored 27 points to key Wapato.

GRANDVIEW -- Payton Parrish 14, Hall, Breanna Lopez 13, Caballero 7, Trinidad 2, Jamila Shafer 16, Pond 8, Grove. Totals 22-53 11-15 60.

WAPATO -- Briana Cordova 10, Sosa 6, Gomez 8, Darian Gasseling 27, Nason 3, Araiza 5, Anderson 2, Young, Vela. Totals 24-52 7-13 61.

Grandview 14 19 14 13 -- 60

Wapato 16 17 20 8 -- 61

3-point goals: Grandview 5-18 (Lopez 3-10, Pond 2-4), Wapato 6-18 (Cordova 2-2, Nason 1-2, Gomez 1-3, Araiza 1-3, Gasseling 1-7). Rebounds: Grandview 31 (Parrish 8, Shafer 7), Wapato 29 (Cordova 8). Fouls: Grandview 15, Wapato 15. Fouled out: none. Turnovers: Grandview 14, Wapato 13. Assists: Grandview 13 (Trinidad 7), Wapato 14 (Cordova 4).

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