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2B Boys Basketball: Life Christian Too Tall a Task for Adna

Life Christian’s Luke Lovelady celebrates while hanging on the rim next to Adna’s Blake Davis (5) and Conner Weed during a District 4 2B basketball tournament semifinal game at Tumwater on Wednesday.

SEMIFINALS: Eagles Use 21-0 Run in Third Quarter to Advance to Finals; Lovelady Scores 30
By Aaron VanTuyl
TUMWATER — For 16 minutes, the Pirates were giant killers.
And then the giants puffed up their chests, worked the ball inside and took advantage of the little guys.
Life Christian Academy went on a 21-0 run to end the third quarter and turn a tight game into a 74-48 blowout here Wednesday night in the semifinals of the District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament.
“It was all pounding it inside and offensive rebounds for them,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “We were not as tough as we need to be in the third to deal with their size inside, and it snowballed from there.”
The size advantage was evident on the court and the stat sheet. The Eagles’ starting frontcourt went 6-foot-8, 6-5 and 6-3, while the tallest player in the Pirates’ starting five was 6-2 forward Bo Moon.
Luke Lovelady, the reigning Pacific 2B League MVP and the tallest point in that LCA lineup, did most of the damage. The guard-forward scored 30 points with 14 rebounds with 10 points in the pivotal third quarter, including a two-handed dunk on a feed inside with 8 seconds left that punctuated the 21-0 run.
“It happened in bunches for them,” Salme said. “They’re way too talented to play soft for a quarter and think you can hang around.”
Adna, however, did more than hang around for a half. Cody Young scored 9 points in the first 5 minutes, and the Pirates hit 7 of 14 from behind the arc in the first half to lead 31-29 at the break after a 3-pointer from Preston Ashley in the final minute of the second quarter.
“You’re not going to convince me, or these kids, we can’t play with them,” Salme said of the 23-1 Eagles, the No. 2 team in the WIAA’s RPI rankings. “We just were not tough enough in the third quarter.”
Young finished with 12 points to lead Adna, while Austen Apperson and Blake Davis each added 8.
Life Christian held a 34-13 rebounding advantage, and got 15 points from C.J. Kovacs and 10 from Anthony Kunitsa.
The Eagles will try to defend their District 4 championship on Saturday night with an 8 p.m. title game date with Toledo.
Adna (18-5) plays Kalama on Friday at 8 p.m. in Rochester in the consolation semifinals. Given the Pirates’ No. 7 position in the RPI rankings, however, Adna has already secured one of the 12 spots in the State 2B tournament in Spokane, though whether the Pirates have a first-round bye in the Lilac City will depend on the outcome of their regional game next week.

At Tumwater
Adna 14 17 5 12 —48
Life Chr. 15 14 25 20 —74
Adna (48) — Rigdon 7, Young 12, Weed 3, Metzenberg 2, Davis 8, Terry 3, Apperson 8, Ashley 3, Stewart 2
FG: 19 of 51 —.372 FT: 1 of 8 —.125 Reb. 13 (Davis 3)
Life Christian (74) — Overgaard 3, P. Shamp 6, Kunitsa 10, Cannell 1, Lovelady 30, Kovacs 15, Robinson 6, D. Shamp 3
FG: 28 of 48 —.583 FT: 13 of 20 —.650 Reb. 34 (Lovelady 14)

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