KENNEWICK -- One bad thing about emotional wins in sports -- if there is one -- is that there's almost nowhere to go but down the next time out.
That's what happened to Yakima Valley on Sunday at the NWAACC men's championships at the Toyota Center. A day after beating top-ranked Clark on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the Yaks couldn't quite match the energy that landed them in the quarterfinals, losing 86-75 to Chemeketa.
"All year long, with every challenge we've overcome overcome and successes we've had, we haven't followed them up with an effective game," said Yakima coach Ray Funk. "Chemeketa played well, and they deserved to win."
The Yaks (21-8) will face Spokane (24-5) at 2 p.m. for a spot in the fifth-sixth place game on Tuesday.
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The Storm (21-7) will advance to today's semifinals, facing Peninsula (25-4) at 8 p.m.
Chemeketa fell behind 14-8 in the first 4 minutes after Dabrail Henton drained a pair of 3-pointers to start Yakima's scoring, and Dallin Molina scrapped his way inside for six early points.
But using a patient approach on defense and some good positioning, the Storm found a way to use the Yaks' energy against them. Over the course of the game, Chemeketa drew six charging fouls on Yakima and added another off-ball offensive foul, all of which aided in swinging momentum the Storm's way.
"We do try to take charges. We get in trouble if we don't," said Chemeketa freshman guard Gavin Kaufmann, who led all scorers with 21 points. Kaufmann was one of five Storm players in double figures.
"I don't think the refs like us very much. We kind of talk a lot," said Yakima guard Cameron Jensen, who hit 3-of-7 from long range and led his team with 19 points.
The Storm also had success with off-ball screens, which created plenty of open cutters in the lane that the Yaks failed to pick up in time.
"We weren't ready for those screens, and we didn't make the switches," Jensen said.
Chemeketa gained some nice momentum from a couple of four-point plays. The first came during a 17-7 first-half run, when Amir Royal ran into Kaufmann before he sank the first of his two treys. That pushed the Storm's lead to 25-19 with 9:55 left in the first half.
Calvin Molan converted Chemeketa's second four-point play at the 13:10 mark of the second half, getting knocked to the floor by Dallin Molina during his shot and then canning the and-1. That pushed the Storm's lead to 59-49.
Funk wasn't happy about the charges, but he found a silver lining to them.
"They didn't help," he said. "But it meant we were still attacking and taking it to the rack."
Peninsula 96, Spokane 91 (OT): DeShaun Freeman had 37 points for Peninsula, and fellow Pirate J.T. Terrell scored 31 in an overtime victory against Spokane.
Preston Wynne led the Sasquatch attack with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds.
Big Bend 90, SW Oreon 82: Blake Skidmore poured in 33 points -- for a two-day total of 75 -- to lead Big Bend into the semifinals.
Antonio Snow had 20 points for the Vikings, who will face Tacoma in a 6 p.m. semifinals.
Joseph Moquino had 33 points for the Lakers.
Tacoma 59, Mt. Hood 46: Mark McLaughlin shot 7-for-14 from the field and connected on 9 of 11 free-throw opportunities to guide Tacoma into the semifinals.
Shoreline 96, Walla Walla 94: Joe Bodman had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Shoreline as the Dolphins won the early-bird special.
Jay Payne and Dallen Bills had 22 points apiece for Walla Walla, which played in the 8 a.m. game on back-to-back days.
Clackamas 70, S. Puget Sound 67: Taylor Dunn and Brett Ball had 14 points apiece to help Clackamas eliminate South Puget Sound.
Bellevue 74, Clark 71: Jonathan Humphrie had 21 points as Bellevue bumped off Clark.
Big Bend 78, Lower Columbia 71: Blake Skidmore's 42 points carried Big Bend most of the way to a victory late.