POMEROY — Pomeroy kicked off an unwanted rider with a 35-27 victory over Touchet here Thursday night in the first round of the District 9 Class 1B boys basketball tournament.
“We’re very pleased tonight,” Pomeroy coach Brian Koller said. “We kind of got the playoff monkey off our back, and hopefully it will continue. It’s been a long time since a Pomeroy boys team won a playoff game.”
It’s been since 2001 that the Pirates (15-6 overall) last got to the postseason, and in the early goings here Thursday it looked like they might be destined for another early exit.
Pomeroy made only a lone free throw in the first quarter and didn’t hit its first field goal until just a minute remained in the first half. Touchet led 13-7 at the break.
“I’m not going to say we shot horribly because Touchet is pretty tough,” Koller said. “Luckily we were able to defend them and rebound well and keep it close.”
Explode is a strong word, but relative to its first-half production, Pomeroy did just that in the second half.
Cole Mayfield hit all four of his field goals in the second half for a team-high 10 points to spark Pomeroy to 13 points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth.
“Cole Mayfield had a pretty good night,” Koller said. “He had 10 points in the second half and finally made some big shots. He’s been in a slump for who knows how long? It was nice to see him come out and hit some shots tonight.”
Vicente Flores led the Indians with 12 points. Ruben Butler had eight.
Pomeroy’s next postseason assignment comes Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Pirates travel to Colton to face the No. 2-seeded Wildcats. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.
The Pirates split a pair of regular-season games with the Wildcats, with an 18-point loss on Pomeroy’s court in December and a six-point win in Colton Jan. 29.
“They’re not going to be happy that we beat them on their home court,” Koller said. “They’ve got two really good players and we’ll have to take care of them.”
Koller was referring to point guard Jake Straughan, who averages 25 points per game, and 6-foot-7 post Dalton Patchen, who averages 17.
“Two-man wrecking crew,” Koller said of the duo.
Touchet now drops into the consolation bracket where it will have to win three consecutive games to earn the district’s third seed to regionals. That journey begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. on a neutral court in Colfax against either Lacrosse-Washtucna or Garfield-Palouse.
Gar-Pal, the district’s No. 1 seed, entertains Lacrosse-Washtucna Saturday at 6 p.m. The Wildcats defeated Rosalia 50-44 Thursday night in Lacrosse in the tournament’s other first-round game.
The Spartans return to action in Colfax Tuesday against the loser of Saturday’s Colton-Pomeroy game. The loser-out game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The girls 1B district is back in action with a pair of games tonight. Top-seeded Colton entertains Rosalia and No. 2 seed Tekoa-Oakesdale hosts St. John-Endicott in a pair of 6 p.m. contests.
The loser of the Rosalia-Colton game matches up against Garfield-Palouse Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Colfax in the tournament’s first loser-out girls game. The loser of the L-W-Gar-Pal game squares off against Touchet at 5:30 p.m. in Colfax in the other loser-out affair.
POMEROY 35, TOUCHET 27
TOUCHET (27) — Coltor McKeown, 2 0-0 4, Connor McKeown 0 0-0 0, Velasquez 0 0-0 0, Preciado 0 0-0 0, Butler 4 0-0 8, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Rincon 1 0-0 3, Vicente Flores 4 2-2 12, Carson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-2 27.
POMEROY (35) — Tanner Feider 1 3-5 5, McGreevy 2 0-0 4, Bott 0 4-4 4, LaMunion 2 0-0 4, Tyson Feider 2 2-4 6, Ruchert 1 0-0 2, Mayfield 4 0-0 10. Totals 12 9-13 35.
Touchet 4 9 4 10 — 27
Pomeroy 1 6 13 15 — 35
3-point goals — Tou 3 (Rincon, Flores 2), Pom 2 (Mayfield 2). Total fouls — Tou 15, Pom 10. Fouled out — Tou (Martinez). Technical fouls — none.