Boys basketball: Kennewick one win from state tournament

February 22, 2014 

The Kennewick boys basketball team is one win from reaching the state tournament for the first time since 1989.

The Lions thumped Mt. Spokane 65-38 on Saturday to win a Class 3A District 5/8 elimination game in Kennewick.

Mitchel Mueller’s 22 points led all scorers, and a stout defensive effort held Stu Stalls to just seven points for the Wildcats.

“The guys were real active with their hands today and we rebounded the ball a lot better than (Friday),” Kennewick coach Bradyn Leyde said. “It was just a great team effort. A lot of communication.”

The Lions (14-9) will face Shadle Park, which beat them 63-60 on Friday night. The teams will play a regional game likely in Spokane next weekend at a time and location to be determined. The winner of that game earns a spot at the state tournament in Tacoma.

“They came in focused at shootaround,” Leyde said of his team bouncing back. “You could just see it in their eyes that they were ready to go. They were ready for the game. It says a lot about their character to get back up and to do it at home was special for them.”

MT. SPOKANE — Vogel 3, Sam Stalls 2, Fosner 2, Moran 5, Stu Stalls 7, Hicks 2, Scott 7, Stevens, Krantz 6, Barrett, Preston 4. Totals 10-38 16-20 38.

KENNEWICK — Garcia 7, J. Wuol 3, Mueller 22, Fernandez 5, Kutzke, DeWitt 3, Molnaa, D. Plew 2, Tennancour, C. Plew 2, Vargas 8, Y. Wuol 13. Totals 26-54 6-10 65.

Mt. Spokane 6 11 9 12 — 38

Kennewick 15 16 16 18 — 65

Highlights — Garcia 4 steals; Colton Plew 4 rebounds.

Naches Valley 50, Columbia (Burbank) 48: A purposely missed free throw in the final second couldn’t be put back up in time and the Coyotes fell to the Rangers in a Class 1A District 5 elimination game in Sunnyside.

Chris Ryckman was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left and Burbank trailing 50-46. He made the first two free throws and purposely missed the third, but the Coyotes couldn’t corral it before time ran out.

“It was just one of those great district tournament elimination games,” Burbank coach Todd Schumacher said. “We just ended up a little short.”

Ryckman finished with 10 points, while Matt Boulds led the way with 14. Andrew Wattenburger added 10 and Justin McBride had nine.

NACHES VALLEY — Upton 14, Wells, Forbes, Martin 15, Williams 2, Wharton 5, Walker 14.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — McBride 9, Wattenburger 10, Balch 1, Mejia 2, Boulds 14, Romm, Ellis 2, Ryckman 10.

Naches Valley 11 14 13 12 — 50

Columbia (Burbank) 19 13 10 6 — 48

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