Toledo beats King's for first 1A title | Saturday's boys roundup
Brennan Rakoz scored 14 points to lead Toledo to a 38-27 victory over King's and its first 1A boys state basketball championship.
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YAKIMA — Brennan Rakoz scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as Toledo beat King's of Shoreline 38-27 on Saturday at the Yakima SunDome for the Indians' first Class 1A boys state basketball championship.
In 20 previous trips to state, Toledo (26-1) had finished no higher than second.
Rakoz, the tournament MVP, scored five points in a 6-0 run that gave the Indians a 25-17 lead with 1:58 to play in the third quarter. King's never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Austin Trafelet, who joined Rakoz on the all-tournament first team, added 10 points and eight rebounds for Toledo. Rakoz finished with 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Brian Hughes and Caleb Taylor each scored six points to lead King's (21-7).
It was the second runner-up finish in five years for the Knights, who also lost in the final in 2009. King's won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
Other 1A boys
Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 52, Lynden Christian 50 (3rd-5th)
Evan Scholten stole the ball as Lynden Christian worked for a final shot, giving the Eagles (22-3) a victory and third place, their highest state finish.
With 7.2 seconds left, the Lyncs inbounded the ball to work for a tying or winning shot. Scholten took the ball from the Lyncs' Isaac Reimer and was fouled, but missed a free throw with only 0.7 seconds left.
Scholten finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals for Cedar Park Christian. Trey Drechsel added 12 points. The Eagles had 15 steals and pressured the Lyncs into 21 turnovers.
Truman Van Dalen led LC with 16 points. The Lyncs (22-7) earned their 24th trophy in 30 trips to state.
Okanogan 45, Cashmere 43 (4th-6th)
Taylor Kerr hit a putback with 16 seconds left to put Okanogan ahead for good and Jim Townsend's two free throws with 8.1 seconds left sealed the Bulldogs' victory. Townsend finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Okanogan (25-2). Dylan Boyd led Cashmere (19-9) with 15 points.
Pullman 44, Anacortes 39 (1st-2nd)
At the Yakima SunDome, the third-ranked Greyhounds (27-1) won their first state title in basketball behind Corey Langerveld's 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Tanner Therrien sparked a 13-2 Pullman run late in the game with seven points. The score was tied at 39 with 1:12 to play, when David Ungerer hit one of two free throws to give the Greyhounds the lead for good. Sam D'Amelio led No. 8 Anacortes (22-6) with 16 points.
Lynden 64, Renton 41 (3rd-5th)
Dak Shagren scored 15 points for the defending champion Lions (25-2), who built a 35-16 halftime lead. In their 46th state trip, the Lions earned their 32nd trophy. Donavon Saario scored 10 for Renton (21-4), which shot only 25 percent (15 of 59).
Clover Park 73, Sequim 47 (4th-6th)
Philip Winsto scored 23 points, David Crisp added 16 and Xavier Means had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors (22-7) ran away from the Wolves (22-6). Crisp had five of Clover Park's 18 steals. Jayson Brocklesby scored 15 for Sequim.
St. George's 50, Colfax 28 (1st-2nd)
At Spokane Arena, Erik Muelheims scored 26 points as the top-ranked Dragons from Spokane routed the defending champion Bulldogs. Colfax star Brandon Gfeller, who averaged 22.3 points during the regular season, scored just five. It took him nearly 14 minutes to get his first basket.
Wahkiakum 62, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 54 (3rd-5th)
A 16-3 second-quarter run put the Mules in command. Lars Bix scored 22 points for Wahkiakum of Cathlamet.
LaConner 61, NW Christian (Colbert) 57 (4th-6th)
La Conner used a 22-11 fourth-quarter run and a game-high 28 points from Spencer Novak to come from behind to take fourth place. Novak made 10 of 12 free throws and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nick Kiourkas led the Crusaders with 18 points and Jeremiah Sander scored 16.
Sunnyside Christian 44, Neah Bay 36 (1st-2nd)
At Spokane Arena, the Knights withstood a Red Devils rally and claimed their fifth 1B title in the past seven years. Sunnyside Christian's 18-point third-quarter lead was trimmed to two late in the fourth quarter. The Knights' 6-7 Brian Broersma had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Lacrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus 67, Pomeroy 36 (3rd-5th)
Jed Zimmer scored 19 and Austin Summers 15 as the Tigercats beat the Pirates.
Christian Faith 43, Taholah 42 (4th-6th)
Ignatius Medani's 20 points helped the Eagles from Federal Way finish fourth. Taholah's Keanu Curleybear hit a three-pointer with one minute left, but the Chitwins couldn't hang on.