Panthers find offense, down Gar-Pal in loser-out

Asotin finally gets offense going in victory over Vikings

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WALLA WALLA - Garfield-Palouse and Asotin turned a tight 27-26 defensive basketball grinder after three quarters into a final frame shootout here Wednesday. The Panthers nearly doubled their three-quarter total to take down Gar-Pal in Southeast 2B District boys loser-out playoff action at Whitman College, 49-41.

Asotin started the fourth period with a 9-2 run, and finished on an 8-2 run.

Up one after three quarters, Asotin took a 36-28 lead on a deuce and trey by Drew Heitstuman, and a Zach Lohman layup and foul shots.

After two buckets by Gar-Pal's Lee Roach and J.B. Lange, Asotin embarked on 5-0 mini-run to increase the lead to its largest of the night, 41-32, with 2:27 remaining.

But Gar-Pal wasn't done. Two made free throws by Taylor Christopher, a Roach 2 and a Garrett Pfaff 3 cut Asotin's lead to two, 41-39 with 1:20 left in the game.

Shawn Ankney responded 13 seconds later for Asotin with a deuce.

Viking Steven Griffin attempted a 3 at the other end, missed, and Asotin's Ben Servatius secured the rebound and was fouled. Servatius made both free throws to bump the lead back to six.

Servatius had a monster night on the glass for Asotin, registering a 13-point, 17-rebound double-double. Heitstuman also contributed a team-high 13 points.

Asotin held Garfield-Palouse's season scoring leader, Gavin Burt, to a five-point night on 1-of-13 shooting from the field.

Asotin advances to a 6:30 p.m. Saturday showdown against Walla Walla Valley Academy for the final seed to the state tournament.

GARFIELD-PALOUSE (41) - Slocum 1 1-2 3, Allen 0 0-0 0, Griffin 0 0-0 0, Pfaff 1 0-0 3, Lange 2 0-1 4, Burt 1 3-6 5, Christopher 0 4-4 4, Roach 7 0-1 14, Cocking 4 0-2 8. Totals 16 8-16 41.

ASOTIN (49) - Ankney 3 2-4 8, Heitstuman 6 0-1 13, Dalton 1 3-6 5, Lohman 3 3-4 9, Servatius 3 7-8 13, Trimmel 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 16-25 49.

Gar-Pal 9 9 8 15 - 41

Asotin 11 6 10 22 - 49

3-point goals - G-P 1 (Pfaff), Asotin 1 (Heitstuman). Total fouls-G-P 20, Asotin 17. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-G-P (Coach Tim Coles). Rebounds-G-P 27 (Griffin 5, Roach 5), Asotin 37 (Servatius 17). Turnovers-G-P 11, Asotin 17.

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