Richland boys impress with big win at MLK Showcase

By the Tri-City HeraldJanuary 20, 2014 

The Richland boys basketball team made a strong impression on its first trip to the west side in 2014, recording a 95-62 win Monday over Mount Rainier in the Martin Luther King Showcase at ShoWare Center in Kent.

Jacob Devries and Payton Radliff scored 21 apiece for the Bombers, and Nathan Streufert added nine points, 20 rebounds and nine assists. Steven Beo chipped in 16 points.

“It was a great trip for us. We were up 23-8 after one, then we let them have some layups in the second quarter,” Richland coach Earl Streufert said. “We were up 82-46 when the starters came out.”

Richland (15-0) is off to the third-best start in school history, passing the 1979-80 team, which won its first 14 games. The 1956-57 Bombers’ squad won its first 22 games to start the season.

Mt. Rainier’s Jamil Wilson-Jones scored 30 points to lead all scorers, but 14 of those points came in the final five minutes.

RICHLAND — Devries 21, Torres-Elfering 6, Nelson, McCullough 10, Perry 5, Beo 16, Radliff 21, Leahy 3, Streufert 9, Ch.Miller, Car.Miller 4. Totals 37-77 9-18 95.
MT. RAINIER — Johson 9, Sharma, Lensburg 19, Yusef, Jamil Wilson-Jones 30, Lewis 2, McGee, Johnson 2, Tolbert, Pascus, Snow, Kilstrom. Totals 27-63 5-18 62.
Richland 23 21 24 27 — 95
Mt. Ranier 8 18 14 22 — 62

Highlights — Streufert 20 rebs, 9 assists; Beo 5 assists.

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