TACOMA -- The Kamiakin boys basketball players had faced enough bad endings in their careers, they weren't going to experience it again.
The Braves held off Glacier Peak 47-40 to take third at the Class 3A state tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Kamiakin bounced back from a tough overtime loss to Lakes on Friday to earn the program's first trophy since 1995 when they finished fourth.
"It was really hard," Kamiakin's Shad Fletcher said. "It was a tough loss (Friday). We wanted that first place-trophy, we thought we deserved it, but we also wanted to end on a win."
Fletcher didn't score many points Saturday, but when he did they were big.
The Braves were tied 38-38 with 3 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the game when Case Rada missed a jumper.
The ball was knocked to the perimeter where Fletcher tracked it down, went to the basket and made a layup and was fouled. He converted the three-point play and that sent the Braves on their way.
"I was struggling all day, and I couldn't find my shot," Fletcher said. "I knew I had to get it done on hustle plays and going after loose balls. On that play I saw an opening and I finally got one to go."
Justin Pedley, Fletcher and Garrett Anderson all made two free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.
"I think it speaks volumes about the kind of kids we have," Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said. "We have great maturity and great leadership -- that will be the hard thing to replace.
"These seniors have so much experience in disappointment that they weren't going to let their career end like that."
The group of seniors that finished their careers Saturday played in 75 games on varsity, winning 52 of them. It was quite a run and finally paid off with a state trophy.
"Obviously our goal was to win state," Rada said, "but we wanted to end with a win. It's bittersweet."
Pedley once again led the way, finishing with 16 points to wrap up a strong tournament for the 6-foot-6 junior.
Rada added 12 points and four rebounds, Anderson had nine points and eight rebounds and Fletcher had five points.
"It was a situation where all 11 players played and all contributed," Meneely said. "We wanted them all to participate and that's what makes this one so satisfying is they were able to do it together."