High School Sports

Bombers top Braves for boys title

RICHLAND — Colton McCargar was a member of the Richland boys sophomore basketball team when the Bombers last won a district title in 2008.

It was a great moment, for sure, to be in the building.

But it wasn't his moment.

"When they won, all I could think was I have to get one of my own," McCargar said.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard got his wish Friday in a 71-61 CBBN district championship win over Kamiakin at Art Dawald Gym.

McCargar scored a game-high 23 points and hit all three of his attempts from the 3-point line to give the Bombers their second district title in three years and fourth under coach Earl Streufert.

"They're all so special in their own way because of the kids you have," Streufert said. "We knew these guys were coming, and we knew they'd be pretty good. It's pretty sweet for me and the coaching staff that they've played together so well."

Richland (19-3) will host the winner of tonight's 7 p.m. matchup between Eisenhower and Southridge in the opening round of the 4A Eastern Regional tournament at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Kamiakin (17-5) will host University (11-12) -- the No. 3 seed out of the Greater Spokane League -- at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"We didn't do a good job adjusting to how physical the game was being called in the first half," said Braves coach Brian Meneely. "(Richland) was being more physical and assertive, and we didn't match that at all."

The final stats underscored Meneely's claim. The Bombers took 17 trips to the foul line, hitting 23 of 34 shots in the process, while Kamiakin hit just 5-of-6 shots from the stripe.

Richland's inside tandem of Calvin Douglas and Garrett Gallinger helped set the tone for the Bombers' physical play. The pair combined for 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the 6-6 Douglas made it difficult for Braves players to get good looks in the lane, blocking four shots.

"He's a big kid. Tall, long, lanky. He altered a lot of shots," said Kamiakin junior Case Rada, who led the Braves with 19 points.

Kamiakin's last trip to Art Dawald resulted in a 72-51 drubbing, the Braves' biggest loss of the year, but Rada was encouraged by the team's play this time.

"It's not a happy locker room, but I'm proud of our effort this time," he said. "We've just got to flush this one and get ready for regionals."

The game had all the drama you would hope for a district championship. Kamiakin fell behind early and trailed 41-27 at the half, but Rada converted a three-point play to pull within 55-51 with 6:15 left in the game.

But McCargar helped Richland keep the Braves at bay, draining 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:08 to go to push the lead back up to 65-57.

"They went into a zone a few plays before that, and I knew there would be some open shots for me," he said. "Fortunately, I got one."

Streufert was especially pleased with the ball movement before the shot.

"We made four passes before that shot. I thought we showed some good headiness and patience," Streufert said.

KAMIAKIN — Fletcher 6, Case Rada 19, Holle 7, Anderson 12, Pedley 6, Hayfield 6, Tumlinson, Welch, Wilmoth, En’Wezoh, Hunt 5. Totals 26-63 5-6 61.

RICHLAND — Dunford 3, Radliff 9, Colton McCargar 23, Gar.Gallinger 18, Douglas 11, Hilty, Dunn 5, Gra.Gallinger 2. Totals 20-38 23-34 71.

Kamiakin 13 14 21 13 — 61

Richland 21 20 11 19 — 71

Highlights — Rebounds: K 34 (Anderson 14), R 29 (Douglas 10); Turnovers: K 13, R 12. 3-pointers: K 4x17 (Hayfield 2x4), R 8x13 (McCargar 3x3, Radliff 3x4); Radliff 5 assists; Douglas 4 blocks; Holle 5 assists, 3 steals; Fletcher 3 steals.