TACOMA — It took Jacob DeVries less than a minute Thursday to help the Richland High boys basketball team forget all about its shooting struggles a year ago.
DeVries scored five points in the first 49 seconds, 22 in the first half and a career-high 33 in the game to lead the Bombers to a 78-49 victory over Wenatchee in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
“I just kept shooting and they kept going in,” said DeVries, who had his fourth 30-point game of the season. “Last year, I didn’t have enough energy and emotion, so I wanted to come out and leave it all out there.”
Richland (24-0) will play Todd Beamer at 9 p.m. today in the semifinals.
Last year at the state tournament, Richland went 0-2, scoring just 37 points in its second game.
On Thursday, DeVries had a steal and a layup and a steal and a 3-pointer to force an early Wenatchee timeout. He then had another steal and lay-in to give the Bombers a 7-2 lead. The Panthers fought back to tie it at 10-10 after one quarter, but it was all Richland High from there.
DeVries poured in 15 points in the second quarter, starting with a 3-pointer and finishing it with a fast-break 3-pointer that he celebrated with an emphatic fist pump.
In between, he provided strong defense and often hit the deck going after loose balls.
DeVries was so fantastic in the first half, it didn’t matter that Nathan Streufert, Payton Radliff and Steven Beo combined for just five points.
“I had more turnovers than points,” Streufert said. “The game was more physical than I was expecting, but that didn’t bother Jacob. He is a tough kid. He really stepped up.”
DeVries kept it up in the second half, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter. He had more points than Wenatchee as late as after the third period.
“That doesn’t surprise me about Jacob at all ... he wasn’t going to be denied,” Richland coach Earl Streufert said. “He takes what he has and he’s just a tough kid. He didn’t take a bad shot all night. I thought his defense was excellent too. He was the best player on the floor tonight.”
The win keeps the Bombers undefeated on the season and two wins away from the first state title since 1979.
“We have a lot of people that can score,” DeVries said. “We are happy to win, and need to hit some more shots and have some more energy in the semifinals.”
Richland blew the game open in the second quarter, opening on a 9-0 run.
Daniel Torres-Elfering started it with a three-point play, DeVries then hit a 3-pointer and added a three-point play for a 19-10 lead. After some back-and-forth, Richland led 23-16 and then went on a 10-3 run.
Drew McCullough had a putback, DeVries a layup, McCullough a free throw and Radliff a 3-pointer. Just like that it was 31-19 and the Bombers were well on their way.
Carson Miller provided big minutes off the bench with Streufert in foul trouble. Against a physical Wenatchee team, his big body and jumping ability was key. He finished with four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes.
Streufert may only have had the two points, but he grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists. Radliff added nine points, six rebounds and four steals, while Beo had nine points. Torres-Elfering finished with eight points, providing key minutes in the first half when Beo was struggling to get on track.
Dillon Sugg’s 12 points and 10 rebounds led Wenatchee, while Gavin Long added 11 points and eight rebounds.
“Individual performance doesn’t matter at this point, it’s all about the team,” Nathan Streufert said. “That’s Coach Streufert’s first victory at state and we are excited for him. And we are excited to play in the semifinals.”
RICHLAND — Jacob DeVries 13-20 2-3 33, Daniel Torres-Elfering 3-7 2-3 8, Mason Nelson 0-0 1-2 1, Drew McCullough 2-5 2-4 6, Nate Perry 1-1 0-0 3, Steven Beo 2-8 4-7 9, Payton Radliff 4-17 0-1 9, JP Leahy 1-1 0-0 3, Jefferson Ostler 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan Streufert 0-2 2-4 2, Chad Miller 0-1 0-1 0, Carson Miller 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 28-66 13-25 78.
WENATCHEE — Tony Esquivel 2-3 0-0 5, Chase Resch 4-5 0-1 8, Marksu Stoll 0-1 0-0 0, Drew Jeager 0-3 0-1 0, Grady Miller 0-5 1-2 1, Cody Clark 2-3 0-0 4, Christian Solovey 2-5 2-2 6, Dillon Sugg 5-16 0-1 12, Matt Murray 0-0 0-0 0, Gavin Long 4-9 3-6 11, Danny Arndt 1-3 0-0 2, Trey Adams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 6-13 49.
Richland 10 26 21 21 — 78
Wenatchee 10 12 7 20 — 49
3-point goals—Richland 9-26 (DeVries 5-7, Radliff 1-9, Beo 1-4, Leahy 1-1, Perry 1-1, Torres-Elfering 0-2, McCullough 0-1, Streufert 0-1), Wenatchee 3-11 (Sugg 2-6, Esquivel 1-1, Miller 0-3, Clark 0-1). Rebounds—Richland 47 (Streufert, Ca. Miller 7), Wenatchee 37 (Sugg 10). Assists—Richland 17 (Streufert 8), Wenatchee 7.