SPOKANE — The first few minutes of Lake Roosevelt’s consolation game with Waitsburg-Prescott in the boys Class 2B state tournament on Friday provided a portent of how the rest of the matchup would unfold.
After the Raiders suffered through a brutal seven-point first half in its quarterfinal loss to Napavine on Friday, getting off on the right foot was paramount for Lake Roosevelt coach Brad Wilson.
“It was vital,” he said. “We came out firing, we were more relaxed, and we didn’t look so flat-footed.”
Lake Roosevelt assured themselves of bringing home the program’s first state trophy since 1979 with a 57-49 victory over Waitsburg-Prescott in Spokane Arena, as the Cardinals went two-and-out after coming in undefeated.
The Raiders made six of its 12 field goal attempts in taking a 14-9 advantage after the first quarter, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
The Cardinals made a run in the third quarter, cutting the lead to three after the period and to one on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders answered the challenge.
Junior guard Brandon Kohler had 14 of his 18 points in the second half to lead all scorers, and junior center Ty Egbert only had nine points (eight in the first half) but put on a defensive show.
The 6-foot-8 Egbert had 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots, falling one short of the tournament single-game record for rejections.
“He was able to stay out of foul trouble and it allowed him to be really aggressive in going to get stuff,” Wilson said. “I did a better job in giving him more breaks. He’s such a force defensively that it’s tempting to leave him in there forever, but after watching film of yesterday we might have expected him to play too many minutes.”
Egbert still played 27 minutes against W-P.
The Raiders hit 5-for-12 3-pointers against the Cardinals, punishing them for collapsing on Egbert in the post.
When Waitsburg-Prescott got within one in the fourth quarter, threes by Keith Rosenbaum and Kramer Carlson kept Lake Roosevelt ahead.
A defensive committee held W-P’s Zach Bartlow to 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting after he blitzed Brewster for 21 last weekend.
Lake Roosevelt plays LaConner on Saturday morning to determine fourth and sixth places. The Braves beat Adna 40-35 Friday after barely falling to state finalist NW Christian on Thursday.
“They’re a very athletic team that doesn’t have a true big man, but they run a lot of five-guard wing stuff that forces matchup problems,” Wilson said.
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