PASCO — Pomeroy dug itself a 10-point deficit here at Chiawana High School as the Pirates looked to earn their second consecutive trip to the Class 1B boys basketball quarterfinals. Yakama Tribal limited the Pirates to two third-quarter points and took a 37-27 lead to the fourth.
“I never had doubts,” Pirate coach Brian Koller said. “These kids have come back from that much before. Getting a couple of stops, rebounding, and then cutting it (the lead) down with each possession really helped.”
The Pirates scored 30 fourth-period points to pull out a 57-46 win over the Eagles and earn a trip to the Spokane Arena for the 1B eight-team finals.
“I had a feeling,” Koller added. “That once we got rolling, (we would be alright).”
The Pirates turned the fourth over to 6-foot-7 senior Riley Bott. After Kade Snyder cut the Eagle lead to 37-29 40 seconds into the fourth, Bott picked up his fourth foul, which proved to be his only mistake in the quarter.
Bott hit two free throws, a trey, Snyder added a bucket off a Bott feed, Bott hit three-of-four free throws and the Pirates were even at 39-39 with 5:14 to play.
“We know how to keep our cool as we’ve been in that situation before,” Bott said. “We knew the scoring would come. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
Bott’s two free throws with 4:41 left gave the Pirates a 41-39 lead. He drained his second triple of the period for a 44-39 Pirate lead with 3:45 left.
“It’s just a feeling when you start making shots,” he said. “You just get hot and you start looking for the ball.”
And his Pirate teammates found him — down low where he drew fouls and went 9-for-11 from the stripe in the quarter, or behind the arc where Bott hit three triples to break the Eagles’ backs.
Bott scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the quarter and added the exclamation point with a dunk at the buzzer.
“Never (had a quarter like that),” Bott added.
“Awesome fourth quarter,” Koller said of Bott. “I was worried about his four fouls, but he played well. It was a matter of getting him on the right guys so he was not in a position to get in trouble.”
The undersized Eagles took a 12-10 lead after one. The Pirates got a trey from Cody LaMunyan to cut the Eagle lead to 17-15 with 6:15 left in the half. Two Bott Free throws and a Bott drive gave the Pirates a 21-19 lead. Tyson Feider and LaMunyan added Pirate buckets and Pomeroy escaped with a 25-23 lead at intermission.
Then came the third. The Pirates hit 1-of-18 shots from the field while Justin Shilow scored six of his team-high 16 for the Eagles who buried six of their 14 shots in the quarter and built the 37-27 margin after three.
“They are really quick,” Bott said of Yakama Tribal. “They had four quick guys and one big guy (Shilow). We’ve never been matched up like that. When they started scoring, some of us kind of lost it, but we were able to get back into it.”
“Yakama played good defense and mixed up the defense pretty well,” Koller said. “They are well-coached.”
The Pirates grabbed 18 offensive rebounds to overcome a 19-of-65 shooting night from the floor. Feider led the way with 10 boards. Feider handed out four assists. Snyder hit all three of his shots in the fourth and finished with 12 points. LaMunyan scored nine and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Pirates play again Thursday in Spokane. Their opponent and game time will be set by a WIAA draw today. Pomeroy placed fifth at state last year.
“We’ve got three more games to go,” Bott said. “We’re going to try and get them all.”
POMEROY 57, YAKAMA TRIBAL 46
Yakama (46) — Strom 0 0-0 0, Sanchey 3 2-2 9, Arquette 0 0-0 0, Holquin 0 0-0 0, Shilow 6 4-5 16, Gamboa 3 1-3 8, Meanus 5 0-1 10, Aleck 1 0-0 3. Totals 18-45 7-11 46.
POMEROY (57) — McGreevy 0 2-2 2, Bott 8 11-13 30, LaMunyan 4 0-2 9, Feider 1 2-4 4, Snyder 6 0-1 12, Ruchert 0 0-0 0, Mayfield 0 0-0 0. Totals 19-65 15-22 57.
Yakama 12 11 14 9 — 46
Pomeroy 10 15 2 30 — 57
3-point goals — Yak 3 (Sanchey, Gamboa, Aleck), Pom 4 (Bott 3, LaMunyan). Total fouls — Yak 13, Pom 10. Fouled out — Yak (Meanus). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Yak 36 (Meanus 8, Shilow 8), Pom 40 (Feider 10). Turnovers — Yak 18, Pom 4. Assists — Yak 9 (Aleck 3), Pom 10 (Feider 4).