Boys basketball: Columbia (Burbank) falls in semifinals

February 15, 2014 

After a strong first half, the Columbia (Burbank) boys basketball team seemed headed to the Class 1A District 5 tournament title game Saturday.

But foul trouble plagued the Coyotes after the break, and they fell 51-42 to La Salle in a semifinal at Grandview High.

“We had three starters in foul trouble and we weren’t able to be as aggressive in our press,” Coyotes coach Todd Schumacher said. “We had some turnovers and missed some open shots.”

The loss ends a 15-game winning streak for Columbia (Burbank), which will face Connell Thursday at a time and location to be determined in an elimination game.

“The guys hadn’t felt this in awhile,” Schumacher said of the loss. “The question is can we let this go and turn around and play on Thursday night?”

On Saturday, the Coyotes led 32-23 at halftime. Justin McBride and Andrew Wattenburger each scored seven in the first quarter, as the game was played at a high tempo.

But Columbia only scored one point in the third quarter and that came on a free throw with no time remaining.

LA SALLE — Andringa 7, Morehouse, Gasseling 10, Bonney 13, Gorrebeck 7, Ide 5, Oldham 9.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — McBride 12, Chism, Wattenburger 11, Baulch 2, Mejia 3, Boulds 3, Romm 5, Ellis 4, Ryckman 6.

La Salle 14 9 8 20 — 51

Burbank 21 11 1 9 — 42

CONNELL 55, KIONA-BENTON 48: Gage Taylor had a monster game, scoring 15 points and grabbing 24 rebounds, as the Eagles eliminated the Bears in a Class 1A District 5 elimination game at Sunnyside.

Taylor’s teammate, Korbin Merrill, also had a big game, scoring 11 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.

CONNELL — Holst 8, Huber 1, Merrill 11, Erickson 11, Peterson 2, Li 3, Marez, Hawkins 2, Gage Taylor 15, Syrie, Hopkins 2.

KIONA-BENTON — Jensen, Williams, Rossine, White, Garcia 14, Ramirez 5, Raymond Torres 16, Manley 4, Ferguson, Manson, Neer 9, Wheeler.

Connell 6 12 19 18 — 55

Kiona-Benton 8 8 16 16 — 48

Highlights — Gage Taylor 24 rebounds, Korbin Merrill 17 rebounds.

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