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2B Boys BB: Life Christian Routs Toledo in Quarterfinals

Toledo’s Fano Arceo-Hansen battles for a rebound with a Life Christian’s Noah Robinson (23) and Anthony Kunitsa (3) during the first quarter of a State 2B Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal game on Wednesday in Spokane.

SAME START: Eagles Hold Indians to 3 Points in First Quarter of a 76-48 Win

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

SPOKANE — The state tournament rematch looked a lot like the original District 4 championship in the first quarter.

“It started exactly the same,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said.

Well, not quite exactly; less than two weeks ago, in the district championship game, Life Christian led 18-4 after a quarter. On Thursday, in the quarterfinals of the State 2B tournament, the Eagles were up 17-3 after one. And a few details were off.

“I called timeout at 11-2 in the district title game,” Fallon pointed out. “I stopped it at 7-2 this time.”

Still, there wasn’t much the Indians could do to slow down a bigger, longer, hot-shooting Life Christian squad in a 74-48 loss.

The Eagles went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter and had little trouble with the smaller Indians, holding a 43-26 advantage on the glass and pouring in 27 second-quarter points for a heavy 44-14 advantage at halftime.

Luke Lovelady scored 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with eight rebounds to lead four LCA players in double figures. Noah Robinson hit all seven of his shots for 18 points, and Life Christian shot 63 percent from the field.

Toledo, meanwhile, got 14 points from Joe Wallace and 12 from Reece Wallace, but went just 16 of 58 from the floor.

“We just could not buy a bucket,” Fallon said. “They’re big, and long, and I think we just got a little tentative.”

Anthony Kunitsa added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Life Christian (26-1), while Eric Overgaard chipped in 11 points.

Toledo (19-7) now plays Napavine in a loser-out game at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Tigers won the teams’ regular-season matchup, 61-48, but Toledo won the teams’ district semifinal game, 73-48, in Tumwater on Feb. 15.

“Those guys (Napavine) are in the way for a trophy,” Fallon said, of his postgame address to his team. “(Life Christian) might win it all, and I hope they do, but it’s not over.”
At Spokane

EAGLES 76, INDIANS 48

Toledo                3 11 24 10 —48

Life Christian 17 27 19 13 —76

Toledo (48) — Hansen 5, J. Wallace 14, R. Wallace 12, Robles 2, Fuentes 2, Wood, B. Marcil 2, Arroyo 2, D. Marcil 3, Farbo 1, Malunat 3, W. Wallace 2

FG: 16 of 58 —.276 FT: 10 of 22 —.455 Reb. 26 (Arroyo 7)

Life Christian (76) — Overgaard 11, Kunitsa 10, Lovelady 19, Kovacs 7, Robinson 18, P. Shamp 4, Cooper 5, D. Shamp 5

FG: 27 of 43 —.628 FT: 15 of 24 —.625 Reb. 43 (Kunitsa 10)

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