High School Sports

Bombers upset Riverhawks in boys districts

PASCO -- Grant Gallinger was the last player to leave the Richland boys' locker room Saturday night following the Bombers' unforgettable 64-57 double overtime victory over Chiawana in Pasco.

He and fellow senior Colter Quick had just played all 40 minutes, and Gallinger helped set the tone for the win with 12 points and three steals, and also changed the game's momentum by drawing a couple of key charges in overtime.

Still, Gallinger stepped into the hall with a big bag of laundry under his arm.

Always ready to do a little more work.

"There's just no quit in him," Bombers coach Earl Streufert said.

Gallinger and his teammates remained in the locker room well after the game, reveling in the celebration.

"Nobody wanted to leave. We all wanted to save this feeling. We were like, 'Can we just sleep here?' " Gallinger said.

Richland (17-5) will travel to Davis (18-3) at 7 p.m. Friday for the CBBN 4A district championship, while Chiawana (15-6) will face Walla Walla (10-11) at home in a loser-out contest Friday.

The win was especially notable for the Bombers, who played without 6-foot-6 senior post Calvin Douglas after the four-year starter got hit in the eye in a scrum under the basket just 29 seconds into the game. He left the game witha scratched cornea and did not return.

"Our bench is already a little thin," said Streufert, who had to dismiss two bench players two weeks ago for disciplinary reasons. "The best thing is there was no panic."

Guard Shakeem Lakes stepped right in when Douglas went down, giving the Bombers a five-guard rotation. But Richland still fought hard for their place inside, taking advantage of Quick's rebounding and Lakes' ability to penetrate the lane.

Reserve guard Tyler Fuller came off the bench to hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bombers a 34-31 lead with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

"That carried us," Streufert said.

When Riverhawks post Jordan Downing began to dominate in the low post late in the second half, Streufert immediately put Gallinger on him. It didn't take long for Downing's frustration level to boil over.

"When they did that, it changed the game," Chiawana coach Chad Herron said. "When Calvin went out, I thought our focus would improve, but instead it waned. We didn't play well enough to win. We didn't deserve to win."

Miquiyah Zamora hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to give the Hawks a 51-46 lead with 3:08 left in regulation, but Richland went on a 7-2 run -- including a spinning 15-footer from Lakes in the waning seconds -- to force overtime.

In the first overtime, Zamora swooped into the lane with 1:19 left to give Chiawana a 55-53 lead. But the gritty junior guard tried to force another shot in the lane on the Hawks next possession and ran smack into Gallinger. It was his second charge in just over a minute, but he acknowledged they were both good calls.

"Yeah, it was a charge. I saw Gallinger had his feet set and I saw Colter behind him," said Zamora, who led Chiawana with 18 points. "Calvin makes them click, but Richland always scraps for every rebound. We knew we'd have to step it up."

Zamora eventually fouled out in the second overtime, followed by Downing and Justin Smith -- three of the Riverhawks' four leading scorers.

With that, the Bombers put the finishing touches on their biggest win of the year.

RICHLAND (64)

Turner 9, Baker 10, Gallinger 12, Colter Quick 13, Douglas, Fuller 8, Burke, Lakes 12. Totals 22-57 15-23 64.

CHIAWANA (57)

Downing 15, Walter 14, Miquiyah Zamora 18, Smith 8, Knight 2, Lopaya, Graff, Adamson. Totals 20-61 15-23 57.

Richland 9 12 21 11 2 9 -- 64

Chiawana 9 14 19 11 2 2 -- 57

Highlights -- Rebounds: R 44 (Quick 10), C 43 (Knight 13, Walter 8); 3-pointers: R 5-21 (Fuller 2, Quick 2), C 2-14 (Walter, Smith); Turnovers: R 17, C 17; Smith 3 steals; Knight 4 blocks; Gallinger 3 steals.

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