SPOKANE - Waitsburg-Prescott played catch up all Friday morning here at the Spokane Arena in loser-out boys state Class 2B basketball action.
W-P fought back from a 20-9 deficit but never overtook Lake Roosevelt.
A decisive 9-0 Raider run in the opening minutes of the fourth period proved decisive as W-P could not muster one more rally. Lake Roosevelt exploded from a 41-40 lead to a 50-40 lead with 5:20 to play.
The Raiders went on to complete a 57-49 victory and played Saturday for fourth place.
W-P saw an impressive season end with a 21-3 overall record.
"We worked hard and got ourselves in position," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "It was a tough one to swallow. If we worked the ball around and hit the high post and attacked from there or kicked back out, we got good looks. When we got good looks, we got right back in the game. We tried to force things over the top of the big guy (Lake Roosevelt's 6-foot, 8-inch Ty Egbert) instead of drawing him out. We didn't hit enough shots when it mattered. "
With Egbert blocking four W-P shots in the lane in the first period, the Raiders jumped to a 14-9 lead after one quarter.
Back came W-P.
Guillermo Hernandez hit two jumpers from inside the key, Dalton Estes drained a 3-pointer, and Zach Bartlow scored twice with his last bucket pulling W-P within 25-21 with 1:02 left in the half.
After a Matt Hamilton rebound, W-P played for the last shot, but turned the ball over with five seconds left.
After a scrum on the sideline, W-P knocked the ball out of bounds. Egbert in-bounded the ball to Tommy Turner, who drained a trey at the horn, and the Raiders ran the lead at intermission to 28-21.
"They (Lake Roosevelt) funnel things (defensively) to the big guy (Egbert). It took us a long time to figure out we couldn't shoot over the top of a 6-8 kid with a wing span like that," Scott said. "We got down big again (similar to Thursday's 12-1 deficit to Bear Creek), but we battled back."
W-P crept ever closer in the third. Kris Cady hit two consecutive jumpers and W-P was within 37-35 with two minutes left in the third.
"Our team kept working," Cady said. "We showed some heart in the second half."
Bartlow drained a trey with 25 seconds left in the third quarter, and W-P was all the way back at 38-38, but the Raiders had enough time to get the last shot and Brandon Kohler made it count as Kohler drained a long 3 at the buzzer to send the Raiders to the fourth up 41-38.
"It would've been tied at the start of the fourth," Cady said. "But they hit another buzzer-beater 3."
Again W-P answered.
T.J. Hofer hit a jumper and W-P cut the lead to 41-40 with 7:25 left.
Egbert hit a free throw, Kramer Carlson hit a trey after a WP turnover, Keith Rosenbaum hit another 3, and Kohler, who finished with a game-high 18 points, went coast-to-coast with a steal and the Raiders were in control up 50-40 with 5:20 to play.
"Hats off to Lake Roosevelt. They hit some huge 3s," Scott said. "The end of the half, a 3. The end of the third quarter, 3. Then they hit two 3s in two possessions (in the fourth). That takes the wind out of your sails."
W-P got no closer than six the rest of the way. A Hamilton bucket cut it to 50-44 at the 2:45 mark and a Dustin Wooderchak bucket cut it to 52-46 with 1:30 left, but W-P ran out of time.
Kohler's 18 points led the Raiders. Egbert finished with nine blocks, but was limited to only nine points by the W-P defense.
"We did a great job on their big guy (Egbert) all night," Scott said. "But, No. 23 (Kohler) absolutely smoked us."
Bartlow led W-P with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Cady added nine points and also chipped in four assists.
Hamilton, who at 6-4 gave away four inches and a lot of length had the primary defensive duty on Egbert, scored seven and grabbed eight rebounds.
Senior David Brock capped the W-P season and the careers of eight W-P seniors with two free throws with 12 seconds left to run the final to 57-49.
Brock, Hamilton, Hofer, Cady, Hernandez, Tyler Baxter, Tre Brannock and Austin Beasley ended their careers with the march to the top eight of Class 2B teams.
"It was a great group of guys," Cady said. "Practices were fun as we were serious, but having a good time at the same time. I loved this basketball season. It was one of the best."
The senior legacy includes a regular-season Southeast 2B title, and district and regional championships to go with the 21-3 record.
"It's pretty disappointing as we came up here for hardware (to play Saturday in the medal round), and we're going home without it," Scott said. "(However) it was a great group of kids. They battled from the tip off to the last horn.
"Great kids, hard workers, refused to lose attitude on all of them," Scott said of his senior class. "They are going to be missed. There was lots and lots of heart in those kids. I wish them the best of luck in their lives and they will always have a friend here whenever they want to come back."
Lake Roosevelt 57, W-P 49
LAKE ROOSEVELT (57) - Gravin 0-1 0-0 0, Adkins 2-6 4-5 8, Rosenbaum 1-4 2-2 5, Kohler 8-18 0-3 18, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Carlson 1-4 4-8 7, Mills 0-0 2-2 2, Egbert 4-7 1-2 9, Turner 2-2 1-2 6, Seaver 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 19-46 14-24 57.
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (49) - Estes 1-2 0-0 3, Hofer 3-9 0-0 6, Cady 4-13 1-3 9, Zuger 0-3 0-0 0, Hernandez 2-3 0-0 4, Bartlow 4-12 2-4 11, Brock 0-0 2-2 2, Wooderchak 2-11 0-0 5, Beasley 0-0 0-0 0, Brannock 0-0 0-0 0, Baxter 1-2 0-0 2, Hamilton 3-6 1-2 7. Totals 20-62 6-11 49.
LR 14 14 13 16 - 57
W-P 9 12 17 11 - 49
3-pt goals - LR 5-12 (Garvin 0-1, Rosenbaum 1-2, Kohler 2-5, Williams 0-1, Carlson 1-2, Turner 1-1), W-P 3-13 (Estes 1-2, Zuger 0-1, Bartlow 1-2, Wooderchak 1-8). Total fouls - LR 17, W-P 21. Fouled out - W-P (Wooderchak). Rebounds - LR 33 (Egbert 12), W-P 37 (Bartlow 9). Turnovers - LR 13, W-P 14. Assists - LR 9 (Kohler 5), W-P 15 (Cady 4, Bartlow 4).