RICHLAND -- The Richland boys basketball team may have fallen short of a CBBN 4A district championship, but the Bombers are right where they want to be.
Richland (14-9) put four players in double figures Saturday night in a 72-63 CBBN 4A district consolation win over Chiawana at Art Dawald Gym in Richland.
More importantly, the Bombers put themselves in position to gain a berth in the 4A state tournament that has eluded them since 2008.
Richland will play host to Gonzaga Prep (16-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a game that will decide the No. 2 seed into the regional round of the 4A state playoffs beginning Friday.
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The Bombers made it this far last year, but lost to Ferris on the road.
"We got tatered pretty good up there last year. I'm proud of our guys for earning another chance to play here," Richland coach Earl Streufert said. "We had to battle and scrap for this one."
The Bombers fell behind Chiawana 8-6 in the first quarter but set the tone on defense when sophomore post Nathan Streufert put himself in position to draw a pair of charging calls against Riverhawks' all-CBBN guard Miquiyah Zamora.
"Miquiyah is one of the more aggressive players I've ever coached. When he drew those fouls, it definitely had an impact," Chiawana coach Chad Herron said.
Zamora scored five points in the second quarter but then drew his third foul early in the third quarter. He finished with seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.
"Miquiyah's really crafty and very quick. He's good at avoiding contact," Nathan Streufert said. "First, I had to make sure he wasn't going to stop.
"I've always hunted charges. It gets other players going."
Meanwhile, Richland guard Tyrell Turner was making things go on offense. He converted a three-point play in the first quarter, putting back his own miss and sinking the ensuing foul shot to give the Bombers their first lead at 9-8 with 2:10 left in the first.
Turner was fearless in his attempts to drive the lane and get to the basket, making several tough layups inside, including a double-pump layin right into the heart of Chiawana's defense midway through the second quarter to give Richland a 28-22 lead with 3:20 left in the half.
Then, with Richland trailing 48-47 with just seconds left in the third, Turner dribbled in from the left wing and managed to get off an impossible over-the-shoulder prayer that went in as he drew a foul from Zamora. Of course, he sank the shot to give the Bombers a 50-48 advantage.
Richland wouldn't trail again.
"Our team is playing really well. We knew if we played defense like we knew how, we would be O.K.," said Turner, who finished with 20 points to lead the Bombers.
Streufert added 19, including an energy-boosting three-point play to open the scoring in the fourth quarter to increase Richland's lead to 53-48.
"We needed something to get us going," he said.
By that time, Zamora and Alex Babinchuk were in deep foul trouble, eventually fouling out midway through the fourth.
"Our lack of depth reared it's ugly head. Richland really took control in the fourth," Herron said. "Foul trouble is something you've got to deal with, and you have to be able to adjust. Our kids fought hard, but we didn't make as many plays as Richland did."
Jordan Downing tried to keep the Riverhawks' ship afloat as best he could, scoring a career-high 34 points in over 28 minutes. The 6-foot-1 post played hard right down to the last second, stealing the ball from Streufert with 16 seconds left and driving in for a layin for the final points of a glorious career.
"If this was going to be my last time on the court, I wanted to finish it right," said Downing, who will play football -- along with Zamora -- at Eastern Washington University.
"Jordan is an absolute warrior. I'm going to miss him terribly," Herron said.
Richland put two more players in double figures. Payton Radliff had 14 and Adam Baker added 12. Babinchuk chipped in 12 for Chiawana.
CHIAWANA -- Z.Mendoza 9, Perez, Zamora 6, Babinchuk 12, Jordan Downing 34, , Torres, B.Mendoza 2, Briones. Totals 22-53 18-27 63.
RICHLAND -- Tyrell Turner 20, Baker 12, Radliff 14, Quick 7, Nathan Streufert 19, Fuller, Eiden, Malone, Wheeler, Hilty, Broeske, Devries. Totals 27-51 16-27 72.
Chiawana 10 21 17 15 -- 63
Richland 13 18 19 22 -- 72
Highlights -- Rebounds: C 38 (Babinchuk 10), R 30 (Quick 8); 3-pointers: C 1x14 (Zamora), R 2x11 (Baker 2); Turnovers: C 13, R 9; Assists: C 9 (Zamora 3), R 10 (Quick 3, Baker 3); Streufert 4 steals.