Thursday’s 2B Boys BB: Pirates Hold Off Toledo in OT Thriller
YOUNG GUN: Cody Young Hits a 3 to Force Overtime, Then Hits Go-Ahead FTs in 68-66 Quarterfinal Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — Cody Young, for all his big games this season, hasn’t hit a game winner or a clutch game-tying shot.
He liked it so much he went ahead and did it twice here Thursday afternoon — once in regulation, and again in overtime.
Young dropped in 30 points and Adna survived a scare from a hot-shooting Indian squad, 68-66, in the quarterfinals of the State 2B tournament at the Spokane Arena. The win puts Adna in the state semifinals on Friday against defending state-champ Kittitas or Toutle Lake, and secures the program’s first piece of state hardware since 2012.
More notable than the implications, though, were the details.
Adna led by 12 with a minute left in the third quarter and trailed by 5 with 25 seconds left in regulation, prompting coach Luke Salme to admit he’d never seen anything like it.
“Not just coaching, like, no — never in person, no, especially on this stage,” he said.
Adna pulled ahead 41-29 with 1:10 left in the third quarter — and Toledo, instantly, got hot.
Andreas Malunat buried a 3 from the top of the key. Reece Wallace came off a screen and buried another just before the third-quarter buzzer; Fano Arceo-Hansen opened the fourth frame with another, and Wallace drew a foul on an attempt and hit all three shots to tie things at 41-41 a minute into the fourth.
Austen Apperson’s foul shots broke up Toledo’s 12-0 run, but the Indians kept shooting. Bryce Marcil and Wallace hit 3s; Marcil buried another, and Junior Arroyo’s layup put Toledo up 53-46 with 4 minutes left in regulation.
Wallace hit Arroyo for a layup with 90 seconds left in the game that kept Toledo’s two-possession lead intact at 57-52, but after a series of missed Pirate 3s and Indian turnovers, Young took over.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard hit a 3 with 24 seconds left to cut the lead to 57-55, and tied things at 58-58 on a 3 from the corner with 11 seconds left.
“All we could talk about was, they are paying without fear, and we need some guys that will adopt that same mentality,” Salme said. “And, again, I mean, I can never say enough about Cody Young and the things the he does. There are probably plays that I’m forgetting, but I know two huge 3s, and making plays at both ends…”
Young, who went 4 of 7 from long range and added five steals, was all smiles afterwards.
“I’ve never really hit, like, a game-tying shot, or a 3 like that,” he said. “It just felt so awesome, with the atmosphere and everybody yelling and stuff.”
Toledo lost the ball on its ensuing possession, and Adna did the same, sending things to the extra period.
Another Malunat 3 gave Toledo the lead at 66-65 with 12 seconds left in overtime, but Young, naturally, drew a foul with 6.8 seconds on the clock and both teams in the double bonus.
“When everybody was yelling, I was just like, I don’t even care,” he noted of the final freebies. “I just zone that stuff out, and it goes right through me.”
The foul shots, though, went right through the hoop, and Toledo lost the ball on its next possession. Blake Davis added a free throw for Adna, and Toledo was unable to get a decent look with 1.3 seconds left on the clock.
Wallace led Toledo with 19 points, while Marcil scored 9. Arroyo notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, and the Indians went 9 of 17 from long range and 7 of 10 in the second half to offset 20 turnovers.
“We had them on their heels. We had it,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “That’s the salty thing about losing, is we had it at the end and couldn’t take care of business.”
Davis finished with 10 points for Adna. Apperson scored 11, and Conner Weed added 8 with seven rebounds.
The Pirates beat Toledo, 63-40, in the teams’ only prior meeting this season.
“They shot it well from the 3-point line — even guys we typically don’t expect to hit 3s like that,” Salme said. “But they’re a good team. We know they’re going to defend and be physical and run their stuff, and if they’re going to shoot like that, that’s as tough a team as anyone to defeat.”
Adna (23-2) will take on Kittitas or Toutle Lake at 7:15 p.m. Friday night with a spot in the state finals on the line.
Toledo (22-6) will play a loser-out game on Friday at 12:15 p.m. against either Toutle Lake or Kittitas, with the winner securing a state trophy.
PIRATES 68, INDIANS 66 OT
Toledo 17 7 11 23 8 —66
Adna 12 18 11 17 10 —68
Toledo (66) — Wood 8, Arceo-Hansen 9, Arroyo 12, R. Wallace 19, W. Wallace 3, B. Marcil 9, D. Marcil, Farbo, Malunat 6
FG: 22 of 39 —.564 FT: 13 of 21 —.619 Reb. 36 (Arroyo 10)
Adna (68) — Young 30, Metzenberg 4, Davis 10, Weed 8, Apperson 11, Moon 5
FG: 24 of 56 —.429 FT: 12 of 19 —.632 Reb. 23 (Weed 7)