High School Sports

Last-second 3 lifts Kamiakin to boys win

KENNEWICK -- Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely took two minutes to draw up the final play of Saturday's CBBN Cascade showdown against No. 6 Richland.

There was a bit of confusion over who should screen and where they should go from there, but there was never a doubt who Meneely wanted taking the final shot.

"I felt like Case (Rada) was going to get the opportunity to get a shot off," Meneely said. "The moment was right for him."

And Rada delivered, rattling home a 3-pointer from the right corner with 0.9 seconds left to give the seventh-ranked Braves a 49-47 victory in Kennewick.

Rada got a screen along the baseline from Garrett Anderson, took the feed from Justin Pedley and was able to square his shoulders before firing.

"I just looked at the rim and prayed it would go in," said Rada, who was 0-for-4 from 3-point range to that point but was glad his coach had faith in him.

"I was wanting that shot. I hadn't made one all game, and honestly I didn't know if it was going in. I just got good separation and let it fly."

Meneely was just happy that Rada was able to get a good look at the game-winner.

"Your goal as a coach is just to get a good shot," Meneely said. "If it goes in, the place goes bonkers. If it doesn't, it's disappointment."

Instead, the disappointment was felt in the Richland locker room -- especially since the Bombers erased a four-point deficit in the final minute, taking a 47-46 lead on Calvin Douglas' three-point play with 9.3 seconds left.

"You've got to feel good any time you take a lead with 9 seconds left in a game like that," said Richland coach Earl Streufert. "I feel bad for our guys. They persevered. That kid just hit an incredibly tough shot there."

The victory avenged an earlier 72-51 loss for the Braves (14-3, 8-3) at Richland and moved them into a three-way tie for second place in the division with the Bombers (14-3, 8-3) and Eisenhower (13-4, 8-3).

"We weren't the happiest team after that first game," said Rada, who finished with eight points. "We knew this game would be key to the end of the season and playoff seeding. We just wanted to come out and play hard."

Both teams came out playing hard-nosed defense, resulting in a 16-16 halftime tie. Neither team led by more than four points the entire way.

While Richland's defense forced Kamiakin into an off-night shooting (19-of-54, 35 percent), the Braves had 11 steals and forced 20 turnovers.

"We had plenty of offensive opportunities that we squandered," Streufert said. "A lot of them were unforced errors."

The second half, each team made a concerted effort to get the ball inside -- Kamiakin via the pass to 6-foot-4 junior Garrett Anderson, who scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half; Richland via the bounce, with Dylan Radliff (14 points) and Colton McCargar (11 points) attacking the rim.

Anderson's free-throw jumper with 45 seconds left gave Kamiakin a 44-40 lead, but Radliff answered with quick layup.

Shad Fletcher had a chance to give Kamiakin some breathing room but missed two foul shots with 17 seconds left.

Richland came down and got the ball to Douglas, who drove from the foul line, split two defenders and banked in a 4-footer while being fouled.

Kamiakin 49, Richland 47

RICHLAND -- Dylan Radliff 14, Dunford 4, McCargar 11, Ga.Gallinger 3, Douglas 6, Hilty 6, Dunn 3. Totals 19-43 5-9 47.

KAMIAKIN -- Garrett Anderson 20, Rada 8, Holle 13, Fletcher 4, Pedley 2, Hayfield 2, Hunt. Totals 19-54 8-15 49.

Richland 9 7 13 18 -- 47

Kamiakin 11 5 13 20 -- 49

Highlights -- Ric 4x17 3pt, Kam 3x14; Ric 36 rbs, Kam 26; Ric 20 TOs, Kam 8; Calvin Douglas 9 rbs, 4 blks, 3 asts; Radliff 7 rbs, 5 asts; Colton McCargar 7 rbs; Anderson 8 rbs; Shad Fletcher 4 asts; Tyler Holle 4 stls.