TACOMA -- The Kamiakin boys basketball team's dream run came to an end Friday.
The Braves struggled offensively and fell just short of reaching the Class 3A state championship game, losing to Lakes 54-48 in overtime at the Tacoma Dome.
"We didn't execute as well as we wanted," Kamiakin's Case Rada said, "but we still had a chance to win. It's tough."
The Braves took a 48-47 lead in overtime on a deep 3-pointer by Rada, but they were the final points Kamiakin would score the rest of the night.
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"We played a little anxious," Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said. "We didn't play with the poise and maturity we wanted."
Lakes' Taylor McAllister scored on a putback and made a free throw with 1 minute, 16 seconds remaining in overtime to put the Lancers ahead for good.
The Braves called timeout and then came down and Rada missed a 3-point attempt. After Lakes' Zach Banner made the first of two free throws, the Lancers got an offensive rebound and were fouled again.
Nate Guy made 1-of-2 to put Lakes ahead by four. Kamiakin couldn't get any shots to drop on its ensuing possession as reality set in.
"It was one of those games," Meneely said. "So back and forth. It was a situation where we told the kids whoever shoots the most free throws will win. That sounds kind of like a dumb thing to say, but it would be whoever was more aggressive."
The Braves were plenty aggressive throughout the game, but had an off shooting night. Kamiakin's second-leading scorer, Tyler Holle, finished with no points, a night after scoring 25 points in a win against Seattle Prep.
"We didn't function well offensively all night," Meneely said. "Tyler had a tough night shooting and that is tough when it is your second-leading scorer."
Still, the Braves nearly won the game.
Justin Pedley had another monster game, scoring 26 points. He got things going early with a couple of 3-pointers and then went to work on the interior against the much bigger Lancers. With 4:29 left in the game, Pedley converted a big three-point play to tie the game up at 39-39.
The teams traded missed shots and turnovers as the game remained deadlocked. Lakes' Andrew Holloway eventually hit a jumper with 2:28 left to put the Lancers up 41-39.
Holle then stole the ball from Banner, missed the shot but the Braves were fouled and converted the free throws with 1:13 remaining.
Banner then drew Zach En'Wezoh's fifth foul with 44.1 seconds left. He hit both free throws to put the Lancers back on top 43-41.
Kamiakin then took the ball down and eventually Rada made a jumper from the right wing with 9 seconds left to tie the game.
The Lancers got a shot for the win, but it didn't drop, setting up the disappointing overtime finish for the Braves.
"It's a disappointment," Meneely said. "I didn't feel like we played our best game."
Rada finished with 14 points, while four other Braves had two points each.
Guy led the Lancers with 15 points, while Isaac Winston added 13 and McAllister had 12.
"I'm so proud of these kids," Meneely said. "I couldn't be more proud of our team. We fell short of our goal, but our new goal is to win (today)."
KAMIAKIN -- Justin Pedley 26, Rada 14, Anderson 2, En'Wezoh 2, Fletcher 2, Hayfield 2, Holle, Hunt.
LAKES -- Nate Guy 15, Winston 13, McAllister 12, Holloway 7, Banner 5, White 2, Flamer, Olson.