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2B Boys BB: Davis, Pirates Shoot Past Tonasket

Adna’s Blake Davis shoots a three-pointer during the first quarter of a State 2B Boys Basketball Tournament game against Tonasket on Wednesday morning in Spokane.

HOT START: Adna Goes 13 of 25 From 3 in 76-50 Opening-Round Win

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

SPOKANE — One of the biggest concerns for prep teams heading to the Spokane Arena — particularly a team like Adna — is how the shooters will adjust.

The wide-open spaces and depth of field tend to initially throw shots off, sometimes leading to rough landings in the first round of the State 2B basketball tournament.

Blake Davis and the Pirates, though, didn’t seem to notice.

Davis hit five 3-pointer in the first half and finished with 18 points as Adna (21-6) dropped Tonasket 76-50 here Wednesday in the loser-out first round.

All in all, the Pirates shot 52 percent (13 of 25) from long range in their state opener.

“I’d love it if you’d tell me we were going to shoot like that for the next few days,” Pirate coach Luke Salme said.

Davis finished 6 of 9 from long range, going 5 of 8 in the first half after missing his first three shots.

“I was pretty worried,” he said, of his slow start. “I was thinking, ‘Should I keep shooting? Or stop and help my team out?’ But I stuck with it.”

The result was a big early lead for the Pirates. Adna was up 25-15 after a quarter and 47-26 at halftime, and before a 7-point fourth quarter had a decent shot at the tournament’s single-game scoring record of 96 points.

Cody Young went 3 of 5 from long range and finished with 13 points. Austen Apperson and Preston Ashley each added two triples, while Conner Weed scored 10 points. Tanner Rigdon notched 15 for Adna on 6 of 7 shooting.

The Pirates had prepared for the Arena shooting experience with a game at St. Martin’s University on Saturday and practices at St. Martin’s and Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center this week — which, Salme said, had helped alleviate his concerns about hitting a shooting slump at the wrong time.

“We have to shoot the 3. Driving and kicking, that’s where we generate a lot of our offense,” he said. “So as much as I was worried about it, all we did was kind of talk about shooting. … When you get the first couple ones, shooting’s so contagious.”

Rigdon accounted for a solo 6-0 run in the third period that he capped off with a blocked shot on the other end. The run put Adna up 66-33 and, essentially, secured the Pirates’ spot in Thursday’s 10:30 a.m. game against top-ranked Kittitas.

“We got to play them at the Gonzaga camp this summer and they got us, but it was a very competitive game,” Salme said. “They’re guard-heavy, so it’s not like a Life Christian matchup, where we feel like physically we’re at a major disadvantage.”

Kittitas (21-0) is coming off of a 71-61 regional win over Toledo.

“They’re no joke, but we can’t wait,” Salme said.

Notes: The Pirates came within three 3-pointers of tying the single-game tournament record (16), set by Auburn Adventist against Okanogan in 2015. … Jack Montowski led Tonasket with 14 points. The Tigers finished the season with a 14-12 record. … St. George’s got 14 points from Erik Farias in Wednesday’s 2B boys opener to come back and beat Seattle Lutheran, 45-43.
At Spokane

PIRATES 76, TIGERS 50

Tonasket 15 11 10 14 —50

Adna        25 22 22 7 —76

Tonasket (50) — Montowski 14, Thrasher 9, Landdeck 4, Ayers 9, Smith 3, Vasser 8, Morris 2, Nelson 1

FG: FT: Reb. 27 (Nelson 5)

Adna (76) — Young 13, Weed 10, Davis 18, Terry, Moon 2, Rigdon 15, Metzenberg 4, Fay, Apperson 8, Ashley 6, Stewart, Dunnagan

FG: FT: Reb. 39 (Metzenberg 6)

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