2B Boys BB: Pirates Put a Scare Into Kittitas
STATE: Adna Comes Close in 71-64 Loss to Top-Seeded Coyotes
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — The Pirates were right there.
Rally back from a 16-point deficit. Hanging with the top-seeded team in the state tournament in the final minutes. Keeping undefeated Kittitas on its toes.
Adna, though, couldn’t quite pull off the second upset of the day here at the Spokane Arena.
Brock Ravet scored 31 points and Bryan Arnold hit a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 25 seconds left to go that finally gave Kittitas a two-possession lead, after a fourth-quarter Pirate rally turned what had been a comfortable lead into a white-knuckle experience.
Blake Davis led Adna with 21 points, going 7 of 12 from the 3 point line and providing a steady hand in an offense that, according to coach Luke Salme, didn’t have its ideal flow throughout the game.
“There are some things that frustrate us that we wish we could have back and be able to do all over again,” Salme said, “but he was great.”
Kittitas went on a 12-0 run in the first half, all on 3-pointers, to turn a 17-10 Adna lead around. With Ravet going 5 of 10 from long range the Coyotes hit nine 3s in the first half for a 33-24 lead at the break.
The advantage stretched to as many as 16 points in the third quarter, though back-to-back 3s from Davis and a layup by Cody Young trimmed it back to 10 with 6:39 left in the fourth.
Preston Ashley, the Pirates’ 6-foot-3 senior sixth man, then hit back-to-back 3s, and Young picked off a pass and took it all the way for a layup that made it a 2-point game.
“It was great resiliency in the fourth quarter,” Salme said, noting that the big 3s were followed by a pair of bad possessions. “And then they worked the ball around, how we would have wanted to on those possessions, and wound up sticking the dagger 3.”
Young completed a 3-point play and senior Tanner Rigdon put back a missed 3 to keep it a 2-point game before Arnold’s key triple.
From there, Kittitas went 7 of 10 at the foul line to wrap things up, though another late 3 by Davis pulled the Pirates within 5 with 30 seconds to go.
Ravet added five rebounds and four assists, and went 7 of 8 at the foul line in the final two minutes.
“That’s a tough guy to guard,” Salme said. “At halftime, I probably wouldn’t have felt as well as I feel now. I feel okay about it, is all I can say.”
Ravet wasn’t the only option for Kittitas, though he was the most prominent. The 6-foot-1 sophomore came in averaging over 28 points a game. On Thursday, though, Ravet went 9 of 23 from the floor while his teammates were 15 of 25.
“If he’s not scoring, he’s doing a good job of drawing enough attention to make things pretty easy for those other guys,” Salme said.
Arnold finished with 11 points for the Coyotes (22-0), who face St. George’s at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals.
Rigdon finished with 13 for Adna, on 6 of 10 shooting, and Young added 12 points, four assists and five steals. Conner Weed tallied eight rebounds with four assists and 4 points.
Adna (20-7) plays defending state champion Northwest Christian (Colbert) at 9 a.m. Friday in a loser-out game.
“There were some frustrating things that we talked about, but there’s no time to dwell,” Salme said. “We’re not going to think about this from now on, because we’re going to come tomorrow morning and play our game and try to beat Northwest Christian.”
COYOTES 71, PIRATES 64
Adna 17 7 14 26 —64
Kittitas 13 20 18 20 —71
Adna (64) — Rigdon 13, Young 12, Weed 4, Apperson 2, Moon 4, Ashley 8, Davis 21
FG: 26 of 52 —.500 FT: 3 of 9 —.333 Reb. 30 (Weed 8)
Kittitas (71) — Gibson 2, Brown 7, Jauragul 9, Ravet 31, Hudson 7, Lenihan 2, Arnold 11, Lamb 2
FG: 24 of 50 —.500 FT: 12 of 17 —.706 Reb. 30 (Brown 9)