WALLA WALLA — The Pirate ship will be sailing to Spokane for the first time since 2001.
Pomeroy outscored Odessa-Harrington 14-7 over the last four minutes and punched its ticket to the Hardwood Classic with a 60-52 win here at Wa-Hi in the regional round of the Class 1B boys state playoffs.
“For a bunch of young kids, they are composed,” Pirate coach Brian Koller said. “It (a Spokane trip) has been a long time, since 01. We’re really excited.
“It’s the first time for me to take Pomeroy,” said Koller, who took four Lacrosse-Washtucna teams to the dance prior to arriving at Pomeroy. “This is big-time. I think we are ready for anything. We don’t care — we’ll take on anybody, anywhere.”
The Titans came out and hit their first three treys and jumped to a 9-5 lead with 2:30 gone.
“We knew they could shoot,” Pirate senior Tanner Feider said. “But, maybe not as well as they started. We just had to roll with it and make sure they didn’t catch fire the whole game. We were banking that they weren’t going to hit all night. We had to keep our composure and battle back.”
Tyson Feider went off for 11 points in the first quarter and the Pirates got it tied at 14-14 going into the second.
The second period featured two ties and seven lead changers, but a Bryan McGreevy 3-ball put the Pirates on top 27-24 with :37 left. Jacob DeWulf cut the Pomeroy lead to 27-26, but Tanner Feider, who ran the baseline all night against the Titan zone defense, got a feed from Cody LaMunyan and converted to send the Pirates to intermission up 29-26.
Pomeroy hit four of its five third-quarter shots from the field, converted 4-of-5 free throws, and Tanner Feider hit two consecutive treys to end the quarter as Pomeroy took a 43-34 lead to the fourth.
“We executed well and hit some shots,” Koller said of the third period. “And they weren’t hitting too well (2-of-10 from the floor), but they proved they can in the fourth.”
The Titans hit three 3s, and following a Sam Schafer bucket, O-H was within 46-45 with 4:00 left in the final period.
“We had to make sure the team stayed calm,” Tanner Feider said. “We had to make sure they don’t get a lead. We had to run through our offense like we know how and put points back up on the board.”
Koller took an opportune time out and the Pirates responded.
Tanner Feider converted on the baseline and on the ensuing possession he fed LaMunyan for two and the Pirates were up 50-45 with 2:57 left.
“They’ve got some good shooters, and they put the pressure on us,” Koller said. “It (the time out) was getting us to be calm and controlled. We don’t vary too much in what we try to do. We responded.”
The Titans hit their 11th and last trey as Cade Weber buried it to cut the Pirate lead to 55-50 with 1:11 left.
Riley Bott converted two free throws, Tanner Feider one, and McGreevy wrapped it up with a pair as the Titans missed their last four trey attempts.
“After they hit a few (treys), we moved out,” Tanner Feider said. “Played more of an expanded zone so they couldn’t get as many open looks, which worked pretty well.”
Tanner Feider, running that baseline, finished with a game high 21 points for Pomeroy. Tyson Feider chipped in 14 as Pomeroy improved to 18-6 on the year.
“We ran that 1-3-1 and I was on baseline,” Tanner Feider said. “Moving the ball around with the other four guys on the court, got me open. I got open a lot and it paid off.”
The taller Pirates used their 6-foot-6 book ends, LaMunyan and Bott, to win the battle of the glass 37-30. LaMunyan grabbed nine boards and scored eight points, while Bott added eight boards and scored 10.
“It’s nice to have those big guys,” Tanner Feider said. “When you get two of them, you have to use them.”
Pomeroy will open Spokane play Thursday against an opponent and at a time that will be determined this morning at 11 by a WIAA draw.
“If we play like we know we can play,” Tanner Feider said. “I think we have a pretty good shot.”
POMEROY 60, ODESSA-HARRINGTON 52
POMEROY (60) SEmD T. Feider 6-16 7-12 21, McGreevy 1-2 2-2 5, Bott 3-6 4-5 10, LaMunyan 4-5 0-0 8, Ty. Feider 5-10 3-5 14, Morfin 0-0 0-0 0, Ruchert 0- 0-0 0, Mayfield 1-4 0-0 2, Kittrell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 16-24 60.
ODESSA-HARRINGTON (52) SEmD Weber 3-7 0-0 8, Charlton 2-7 0-0 6, Smith 2-8 0-0 6, Car. Weber 0-1 0-0 0, Sanford 4-9 0-0 11, Schafer 1-1 0-0 2, Tanke 0-3 0-0 0, Hunt 4-13 4-4 14, DeWulf 2-7 1-2 5, Tebow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 5-6 52.
Pomeroy 14 15 14 17 — 60
O-H 14 12 8 18 — 52
3-point goals — Pom 4-12 (Ta. Feider 2-2, McGreevy 1-2, Bott 0-2, LaMunyan 0-1, Ty. Feider 1-4, Mayfield 0-1), O-H 11-29 (Weber 2-5, Charlton 2-4, Smith 2-5, Sanford 3-7, Tanke 0-1, Hunt 2-7). Total fouls — Po, 8, O-H 13. Fouled out — O-H (Hunt). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Pom 37 (LaMunyan 9), O-H 30 (Hunt 6). Turnovers — Pom 11, O-H 6. Assists — Pom 15 (Ta. Feider 4, LaMunyan 4), O-H 15 (Weber 4, Sanford 4).