High School Sports

Dunn leads Richland to regional win

RICHLAND — Being the sixth man may not be the most glorious role on a basketball team.

But Richland senior Tanner Dunn isn't complaining.

The 5-foot-10 guard hit all five of his 3-point attempts Tuesday, finishing with 18 points and four rebounds in just under 15 minutes in a 91-69 win over Eisenhower in the first round of the 4A Eastern Regional playoffs at Art Dawald Gym.

"I've waited for this my whole high school career," said Dunn, who hasn't given much concern to not starting in an exceptionally strong guard rotation. "Not at all. If I could be starting, it wouldn't be much different. Coach knows he can count on me."

Third-ranked Richland (21-3) will face second-ranked Gonzaga Prep (21-2) in the regional semifinals at 9 p.m. Friday at Toyota Center in a rematch of last year's winner-to-state, loser-out regional consolation game that Prep won.

"(Prep) has a really good big (6-7 post Ryan Nicholas, who averages 23.1 points). They're really strong and really aggressive and they have a really good shooter in (Parker) Kelly," said Bombers coach Earl Streufert. "But I think we pose some matchup problems for them."

The Bombers trailed 13-11 after a 9-2 first-quarter run by Ike, but Dunn came into the game with just under two minutes left in the period and started contributing immediately. He drained back-to-back 3-pointers from the right wing to put Richland up 17-16 with 40 seconds left in the first. Then, after Ike (17-8) tied the game at 20 on a drive by Robert Bonser to open the second quarter, Dunn hit another trey to put the Bombers back up 23-20.

"Obviously, I'm not very smart, because he should be playing more. There's something about a kid who can flourish in that role," said Streufert of Dunn, who also hit four 3s in a first-round district win over Wenatchee 10 days ago. "(A good bench) is invaluable. I'm not sure you can quantify it. Every player has a role, and this team fills roles really well."

Senior guard Dylan Radliff scored 21 points to lead five Bombers in double figures. Colton McCargar added 19 points, Calvin Douglas had 15 and Garrett Gallinger 10.

The Cadets took a big hit with 3:09 left in the second quarter when Bonser -- a 6-5 post and Ike's second-leading scorer -- left the game with a cut above his right eye after bumping heads with Douglas underneath the Ike basket.

After a five-minute delay to clean the floor, Bonser was rushed to Kadlec Regional Medical Center just a few blocks away for some quick sutures before returning midway through the third quarter.

But even with Bonser's return, Eisenhower struggled to find a rhythm against the Bombers' defense, which forced six turnovers over the final 2:00 of the period to spark a 10-3 run and a 64-46 lead.

"Dunn came in to hit those 3s, which gave them some separation in the first half," said Ike coach Pat Fitterer. "Then Bonser gets hurt. At that point we were real frustrated. (Bonser) ends up with 10-15 stitches, and they wind up with two free throws."

Ryan Watson led the Cadets with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

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