Boys basketball: Regional preview capsules

February 27, 2014 

Richland Bombers vs. Moses Lake Chiefs

Class 4A state regional

8 p.m. Friday, Chiawana, Pasco

Records: Richland, 23-0; Moses Lake, 13-9

Players to watch: Richland, Payton Radliff, 6-0, senior, guard, 19.5 ppg; Nathan Streufert, 6-7, senior, wing, 18.8; Jacob DeVries, 6-0, senior, guard, 17.8 ppg; Steven Beo, 6-3, sophomore, guard, 11.3 ppg; Drew McCullough, 6-0, senior, guard, 6.9 ppg. Moses Lake, Tyson Karstetter, 6-4, junior, forward; Cesar Sandoval, 6-4, sophomore, post; Josh Hirz, 6-1, senior, guard.

Notes: The Bombers played one of their toughest tests of the season last week against Ferris, but still came out victorious even if they did score the third least amount of points in a game this season. ... Richland has been ranked in all season in the Associated Press poll and is one of the favorites to win a state title, which would be the first for the Bombers since 1979. ... The Chiefs finished second in the CBBN and most pundits figure they will get steamrolled tonight, though Richland must be careful not to overlook Moses Lake and assume a ticket to Tacoma has already been punched. ... The Bombers feature four players that can absolutely fill it up, and six players who can handle the ball, making guarding Richland a nightmare for opposing defenses. ... Moses Lake’s best chance is to either find a way to slow down the tempo, which no one has been able to do so far this season, or to get Streufert into foul trouble, which would expose Richland’s lack of depth, especially at the post position. With good size in Karstetter and Sandoval, there is the chance the Chiefs could do just that.

Kennewick Lions vs. Shadle Park Highlanders

Class 3A state regional

8 p.m. Friday, Mt. Spokane High

Records: Kennewick, 14-9; Shadle Park, 9-13

Players to watch: Kennewick, Mitchel Mueller, 6-2, senior, guard, 18.3 ppg; Alex Garcia, 5-9, junior, guard, 10.1 ppg; Yiel Wuol, 6-3, senior, forward, 7.4 ppg; John Wuol, 6-1, junior, guard, 7.5 ppg; Colton Plew, 6-4, senior, post; Shadle Park, Andreas Brown, 6-3, freshman, wing; George Pilimai, 6-5, junior, wing; Skyler Kelley, 6-0, senior, guard; Dale Hagan, 6-5, senior, post.

Notes: The Lions lost to the Highlanders 63-60 in a District 5/8 semifinal a week ago in Kennewick, missing multiple free throws in the fourth quarter. Mueller also had a wide-open 3-point atttempt that would’ve tied the game as the final horn sounded. ... For Kennewick to win, it must keep Shadle Park off the glass. Pilimai had 25 points and 20 rebounds in the victory last week, and if he goes off again it will be a long night for Kennewick. ... Shadle Park coach Tim Gaebe is a Kennewick High graduate. Suffice to say he won’t be rooting for his alma mater tonight. ... The Highlanders are extremely athletic, though proved lazy with their passing at times, which cost them against Kennewick’s pressure defense. ... Shadle Park features two freshman — NKeil Nelson and Andreas Brown — who not only can score in bunches, but both can dunk. Not a bad combo.

Grandview Greyhounds vs. Clarkston Bantams

Class 2A state regional

8 p.m. Saturday, Richland High

Records: Grandview, 19-3; Clarkston, 20-3

Players to watch: Grandview, Isaiah Ruiz, 5-10, senior, point guard; Isaiah Gonzales, 6-4, senior, post; Clarkston, Jake Dwyer, 6-1, junior, guard; Kage Sobotta, 6-1, senior, guard.

Notes: The Bantams had their nine-game winning streaked snapped in a 30-point loss to Pullman in the Great Northern League title game last Friday, before bouncing back to hammer Colville by 30 to advance. ... Clarkston had beaten Pullman 57-51 and lost to them 64-61 in the regular season. ... Grandview started the season hot, rising to No. 1 in the state but a few hiccups midseason nearly cost the Greyhounds the CWAC title.

Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars vs. St. George’s Dragons

Class 2B state regional

8 p.m. Friday, Central Valley, Spokane Valley

Records: Tri-Cities Prep, 18-6; St. George’s, 26-0

Players to watch: Tri-Cities Prep, Jorge Guajardo, Dane Peterson, Brady Versteeg; Anthony Perez. St. George, Dexter Sienko, 6-7, senior, forward; Erik Muelheims, 6-0, senior, guard.

Notes: The defending state champions have won 46 consecutive games and 55 of 56, presenting a tall task for the Jaguars, literally and figuratively. ... Sienko is 6-foot-7, and the team has three more players at least 6-4 or taller. ... The Dragons closest game this season is a nine-point victory over Northwest Christian earlier this month, though they then beat then by 22 in the District 7/9 title game. ... The Jaguars knocked off Waitsburg-Prescott 63-51 to reach regionals.

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