Tri-City boys come up short in Media Classic

March 16, 2014 

YAKIMA — The Tri-City boys didn’t come away with a win during Sunday’s Media Classic at Yakima Valley Community College, but Rolando Garcia sure got a trip down memory lane.

Yakima had their 3-point shooters gunning from long range, hitting 12 treys — four from Davis sophomore Nick Navarro, who earned Media Classic MVP honors with 16 points — to record a 92-88 win.

Garcia had already coached a number of the Tri-City players from last year’s Media Classic, but seeing Richland guard Steven Beo on the court took him way back to his own playing days.

“I played at Columbia Basin College with his dad, Tony, back in 1989-90. We were the last CBC team that won the NWAACC tournament. I’ve always thought that Steven’s dad was one of the best pure shooters I’ve ever been around,” Garcia said. “But Steven can get to the basket better than his dad. For how young he is, he is maturing very quickly. He’s going to be a force to reckon with.”

Beo and Richland teammate Jacob Devries each led Tri-City with 14 points, and both did their best to keep Tri-City in the game down the stretch. Beo connected on 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter, and Devries hit a scoop shot in the lane to pull Tri-City within 69-68 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Payton Radliff, another Richland guard, tied the game at 74 with a pull-up 17-footer with just under 8 minutes left in the fourth.

“Mostly of us were just messing around at first, but the competitiveness came back to us,” Radliff said.

Things didn’t start too well for Tri-City, as Yakima jumped out of the gate with some hot shooting. When Christian Vela drained a 3-pointer to make it 25-14 late in the first quarter, it was Yakima’s fifth consecutive field goal.

Tri-City finally found a groove when Daniel Getchell, Wesley Henderson, Nathan Streufert, Aaric Wren and Kendall Watson took the floor in the second quarter. Streufert showed up a bit late to the game after making the long road trip from Spokane, but he made up for it with some inspired play, grabbing three rebounds while Henderson scored six points during a 14-9 run that put TC back in the game at 38-30.

“I’ve played with Nate on our AAU team, and he’s always the one that’s late,” Henderson said. “But he always takes everything seriously. When everybody’s goofing around, he’s telling people where to go.”

Streufert found it a little difficult to settle into a slower pace after running like a racehorse in the Bombers’ fast-paced offense this year.

“I kept wanting to push it up the floor,” said Streufert, the Mid-Columbia Conference’s player of the year. “I just wanted to come in the last time and play loose.”

After Tri-City tied it up at 77, Cameron Walker nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing, and Vela hit another trey to put Yakima up 85-78 with 5:01 left. Yakima held a 4- to 6-point cushion the rest of the way.

“Tri-City had a lot of talent. They were missing shots early, and sometimes it’s difficult to come back when you dig yourself a hole,” Yakima coach Ray Funk said. “Navarro really shot the ball well for us in the third quarter.”

Max Jones added 13 points, and Isaiah Harris and Justin Dunsmore chipped in 10 apiece for Yakima.

Getchell scored 11 for Tri-City on 5-for-7 shooting.

TRI-CITY — Jacob Devries 6-12 2-2 14, Porter 1-12 0-0 3, Radliff 2-7 0-0 5, Mueller 3-5 0-0 8, Lake 2-2 2-4 6, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Daniel Getchell 5-7 0-0 11, Henderson 4-8 0-0 8, Klicker 1-4 1-1 3, Steven Beo 2-6 9-10 14, Koval 1-3 0-2 2, Ryckman 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 3-7 2-2 9, Wren 0-5 0-0 0, Streufert 2-5 2-3 6. Totals 32-87 18-24 88.

YAKIMA — Nick Navarro 6-10 0-0 16, Lizotte 3-0 2-2 9, Max Jones 6-15 0-0 13, Backes 0-3 0-0 0, Walker 3-6 0-0 7, Vela 3-4 0-0 9, Van De Brake 0-3 2-2 2, Isadore 0-4 0-0 0, Bonny 1-3 0-0 2, Isaiah Harris 5-14 0-0 10, Gonzales 1-5 1-2 3, Ruiz 1-6 1-2 3, Justin Dunsmore 4-7 0-0 10, Widner 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 37-96 6-8 92.

Tri-City 18 24 25 21 — 88

Yakim 31 21 20 20 — 92

Highlights — 3-pointers: TC 6-40 (Devries 0-3, Porter 1-8, Radliff 1-5, Mueller 2-4, Brown 0-2, Getchell 1-3, Henderson 0-1, Klicker 0-2, Beo 1-5, Ryckman 0-1, Watson 0-3, Wren 0-3), Y 12-41 (Navarro 4-8, Lizotte 1-5, Jones 1-5, Backes 0-1, Walker 1-2, Vela 3-3, Van De Brake 0-2, Isadore 0-3, Harris 0-2, Gonzales 0-1, Ruiz 0-4, Dunsmore 2-5); Rebounds: TC 60 (Watson 9), Y 60 (Jones 9); Assists: TC 13 (Devries 3, Streufert 3), Y 14 (Ruiz 4); Turnovers: TC 16, Y 11; Fouls: TC 7, Y 12.

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