WALLA WALLA - Too tall and too talented.
Lake Roosevelt's 6-foot-8 Ty Egbert proved to be a one-man wrecking crew here Friday in 2B regional boys basketball action.
The Raiders, behind Egbert, marched into next week's state tournament with a 70-53 win over Waitsburg-Prescott. The loss ended W-P's season.
Egbert went for a double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds, and that was only the first half.
"When you have a guy 6-8 and going to the University of Idaho on a full ride at this level, and you're height challenged on your team," W-P senior 6-1 forward Zach Bartlow said, "that's a mismatch. We couldn't stop him."
Egbert added six points and four rebounds as the Raiders stretched their lead to 57-31 after three. W-P gamely fought back in the fourth behind Bartlow's nine points and six from Chance Leroue to narrow the final to 70-53.
This one belonged to Egbert. The U of I recruit finished with 36 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 18 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, and forced W-P out of the paint and into 33 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
"We played them last year (a W-P 57-49 loss at the state tournament), and we were a little taller, but that kid is just way better than he was," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "He was big on defense last year, and this year he was just a beast on offense. I've never seen anything like it. We're short, but we tried everything (to stop Egbert). We boxed him all game, kept someone fronting him, and tried to keep someone over the top, and they would just throw it up to him. We would have three guys there and he would make it anyhow. We had no answer."
Following Egbert's second stuff of the night, the Raiders got out of the chute on a 9-1 run, and Jesse Adkins added a bucket for a 13-1 LR lead before senior Justin Zuger connected on a 3 for W-P's first field goal with 4:48 to play in the first. Zuger hit another, senior Dustin Wooderchak added a deuce, and Dalton Estes cashed in one from behind the arc to lead W-P back to within 19-12 after one.
"What our offense had to be, was drive, kick and knock down 3s," Scott said. "Unfortunately, we didn't knock down enough. We got great looks all night, but we had to knock down five or six more to stay in the game."
Egbert went for 13 points in the second quarter and W-P could only find the bottom of the net on one-of-10 3-point attempts (10-of-33 from 3-point land for the game) as the Raiders raced to an insurmountable 37-19 lead.
But the four W-P seniors, Zuger, Bartlow, Dustin Wooderchak and Eshom Estes, continued the battle. Bartlow hit three treys in the third and junior Sterling Eastman, the recipient of the night's good sportsmanship award, added another in the third.
W-P closed out its season with a 22-13 fourth-period run.
"I knew we wouldn't give up," Bartlow said. "We have a pretty big heart on this team and we just kept fighting."
"Our kids sell out," Scott said. "I'm very proud of them. They could've given up and got beat by 35."
Bartlow led W-P with 20 points and nine boards. Zuger added six points and seven rebounds. Wooderchak finished with three and Eshom Estes, off the bench, pulled down two boards.
"They (the four seniors) are four kids I've had for four years," Scott said. "Just seeing the growth in those kids (has been great). Zuger has grown into a leader. Wooderchak is the best defender in the league. Unfortunately, he couldn't guard their best player in this game as he (Egbert) was 6-8 and Woody is maybe 6-0. Eshom (Estes) comes and works hard every day. He was always a big presence on defense. And Zach (Bartlow) - you can't say enough about him. He plays every game as if it was his last."
"It was an up and down season," Bartlow said. "We would lose a couple of games we shouldn't have, then go on an eight-game win streak and beat Dayton (the Bulldogs only loss of the season), then we would get upset a couple of times.
"It's been a great ride (with those seniors)," Bartlow continued. "We went to Spokane (the state tournament) twice, and you can't complain about that. It's been fun and T.J. (Scott) has been good for me."
Lake Roosevelt 70, Waitsburg-Prescott 53
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (53) - Eastman 3-11 0-1 8, D. Estes 2-4 3-4 8, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Lanning 0-3 0-0 0, Zuger 2-10 0-0 6, Acevedo 0-0 0-0 0, Bartlow 7-16 2-2 20, Leroue 3-4 1-2 8, Wooderchak 1-6 1-2 3, Dozier 0-0 0-0 0, E. Estes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 7-11 53.
LAKE ROOSEVELT (70) - Williams 1-6 0-1 2, Garvin 0-3 1-2 1, Adkins 2-7 2-3 6, Rosenbaum 5-14 4-4 15, Black 0-1 1-2 1, De Winkler 0-0 0-0 0, Saxon 0-1 0-0 0, Carlson 3-12 1-4 8, LaPlante 0-0 0-0 0, Egbert 15-19 6-13 36, Boutain 0-0 1-2 1, Piccolo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 16-31 70.
Waitsburg-Prescott 1 2 7 12 22 - 53
Lake Roosevelt 19 18 20 13 - 70
3-point goals - W-P 10-33 (Eastman 2-7, D. Estes 1-3, Lanning 0-2, Zuger 2-10, Bartlow 4-7, Leroue 1-1, Wooderchak 0-3), LR 2-14 (Williams 0-1, Garvin 0-1, Adkins 0-3, Rosenbaum 1-3, Black 0-1, Saxon 0-1, Carlson 1-4). Total fouls - W-P 22, LR 14. Fouled out - W-P (Wooderchak), LR (Williams). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-P 30 (Bartlow 9), LR 55 (Egbert 18). Turnovers - W-P 12, LR 11. Assists - W-P 9 (D. Estes 3. Zuger 3), LR 15 (Carlson 10).