Pirates fall to Colton in state title game

Bryan McGreevy, right, and the rest of the Pomeroy starters could hardly watch after they were pulled with less than a minute to go in their loss to Colton in the Class 2B state title game.

Bryan McGreevy, right, and the rest of the Pomeroy starters could hardly watch after they were pulled with less than a minute to go in their loss to Colton in the Class 2B state title game. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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SPOKANE — The old sports adage that it’s hard to beat a team three times in one year came true here Saturday in Class 1B boys basketball championship action.

Pomeroy had defeated Colton twice in the regular season, but the Wildcats were the hotter team Saturday as they rode Jake Straughan’s 25 points and 6-foot-7 Dalton Patchen’s 21 points and 19 rebounds to the 1B championship. The Wildcats led from the get go, fought off a late Pirate charge that cut the lead to two and pulled away for a 59-46 win and their first 1B state title.

Pomeroy defeated Neah Bay, 59-50, on Friday to earn a spot in the title game.

Straughan hit his first two triples and two free throws as Colton jumped to an 8-0 lead at the 4:47 mark of the first period. Cody LaMunyan’s turn around jumper ended the Pirate drought, but that was not a good omen for Pomeroy.

Straughan went on to finish the first period with 11 points as Colton led 13-6 after one. It got better for the Pirates in the second, as senior Riley Bott scored seven, but Patchen answered for the Wildcats with nine points as Colton took a 28-18 lead to the locker room.

The Pirates never completely solved the Wildcat 2-3 zone defense with Patchen in the middle putting up four blocked shots, altering other attempts and controlling the boards. The Pirates shot 8-of-32 from the floor in the first half.

“They packed in their 2-3 zone,” Pirate coach Brian Koller said. “We didn’t handle it very well and didn’t shoot the ball very well.”

Tyson Feider hit a deuce and a triple on consecutive Pirate trips down the floor to narrow the gap to 36-27 with 4:19 left in the third. The Pirates went on a 12-6 run, behind six points from LaMunyan and a buzzer beater from Cole Mayfield, to close out the quarter and get within 42-39 after three.

Jordan Druffel, one of only three other Wildcats beside Straughan and Patchen to score, drained a trey to open the fourth. Bryan McGreevy answered with two free throws and Feider scored to cut the Wildcat lead to 45-43 with 5:45 to play.

It was Straughan time for the Wildcats from there. He scored eight to lead Colton on a 14-3 run to close it out and ice the Colton championship.

“We had our chances,” Koller said. “We couldn’t hit shots. They did.

“The kids played tired,” Koller added. “Defensively, we were a little bit slow. We struggled from the field and got out-rebounded, which doesn’t happen very often. (But) give them credit. Their two studs (Straughan and Patchen) played well.”

LaMunyan, in his final Pomeroy appearance, led the Pirates with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Fellow senior Bott culminated his Pirate career with a 12-point effort.

Pomeroy advanced to the state championship game by beating Neah Bay, 59-50, on Friday.

The Pirates did everything right through the first 16 minutes against the Red Devils. Pomeroy raced to a 30-13 half time lead, struggled through a rough third period, regained their stride and made just enough free throws in the fourth to beat Neah Bay.

“We were focused and ready to go,” Koller said. “These kids were here last year and knew what it takes. We got beat in this game last year, and we were pretty disappointed. They wanted to get to that next step, and they came out and took care of it.”

McGreevy hit two deuces, Bott buried two triples and Feider hit another 3 as the Pirates bolted out of the box to grab a 16-8 lead after one.

It didn’t get any better for the Red Devils from there as Cade Gingerich, Max Ruchert and Mayfield came off the Pirate bench to combine for five and Feider hit another trey as the Pirates went on a 14-5 second-quarter run to go to intermission up 30-13.

It all started at the defensive end as Pomeroy’s defensive pressure forced the Red Devils into a 6-of-29 shooting performance through the first half. And on the glass, Cody LaMunyan grabbed eight rebounds to guide the Pirates to a 26-18 advantage over the first 16 minutes.

“I just do what my team needs me to do,” LaMunyan said. “If it’s rebounding, I’ll rebound. If it’s playing defense, I’ll play defense. Tonight, it happened to be rebounding. So I stepped up for my team and rebounded.”

The Red Devils opened the third on an 8-0 run and following Josiah Greene’s three-point play, the lead was down to 30-21 with 5:41 left in the third.

LaMunyan hit a jumper to temporarily stop the bleeding, but it took a LaMunyan free throw and a buzzer-beating bucket off a Bott feed for the Pirates to get the lead back to double digits at 38-26 after three.

“We did what we wanted to at the start of the third quarter,” Koller commented. “We had good looks, we just didn’t make shots and they did. They are an emotional team. They get on a roll and it’s scary.”

“The third quarter was a little stressful,” McGreevy added. “They gave us a little bit of a run. We needed some help, so we started rebounding better and buckled down on defense and shut them down a bit.”

Behind LaMunyan’s five points, the Pirates hit six-of-their first eight shots to open the fourth, and following a Bott-to-Feider full-court pass and conversion, Pomeory was up 51-30 with 4:15 left.

But Neah Bay wouldn’t quit. The Red Devils went to the 3-ball and sent the Pirates to the free throw line.

Zekle Greene, who led all scorers with 17, hit three triples over the last 3:30 and the Pirates missed six consecutive free throws as Neah Bay crept within eight with 52 seconds left.

McGreevy, who missed a free throw to start the six miss run, halted the free throw issues by draining a pair with :50.7 left to produce a 55-45 Pirate advantage.

“That first free throw I missed, got to me a little bit,” McGreevy said. “I pride myself on free throws, so I knew I had to step up and knock down the next two.”

Kade Snyder added a bucket and LaMunyan capped his double-double with two free throws, as LaMunyan finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pirates graduate three key contributors to their 23-3 season. LaMunyan, Ruchert and Bott will leave a resume that includes a 2014 District Championship and back-to-back state trophies as Pomeroy made consecutive trips to the state tournament, taking a 2013 fifth place award and now adding a 2014 second place trophy.

“Max, Cody, and Riley are going to be a huge loss,” Koller said of his graduating class. “They had a tremendous season. They played well and they carried us. It’s going to be different next year without them. They all had tremendous careers. They will be missed.”

POMEROY 59, NEAH BAY 50

POMEROY (59) – Gingerich 1-1 0-2 2, McGreevy 2-5 2-3 6, Bott 6-18 0-2 14, Slaybaugh 0-0 0-0 0, Cor. LaMunyan 0-0 0-0 0, Cod. LaMunyan 5-10 5-10 15, Feider 4-7 0-0 10, Snyder 2-7 3-4 7, Morfin 0-0 0-0 0, Ruchert 1-2 0-0 2, Mayfield 1-3 1-2 3, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 11-23 59.

NEAH BAY (50) – Martinez 1-2 0-0 2, Claplanhoo 1-3 0-0 2, J. Greene 3-7 5-5 11, Z. Greene 7-19 0-0 17, Doherty 1-3 0-0 3, Venske 1-6 0-0 2, Moss 2-11 0-0 5, McCaulley 2-9 0-0 5. Totals 19-64 5-5 50.

Pomeroy 16 14 8 21 — 59

Neah Bay 8 5 13 24 — 50

3-point goals – Pom 4-12 (Bott 2, Feider 2), NB 7-25 (Z. Greene 3, Doherty, Moss, McCaulley). Total fouls

– Pom 13, NB 22. Technicals – none. Rebounds – Pom 42 (Cod. LaMunyan 11, NB 34 (Venske 7, Moss 7).

Turnovers – Pom 12, NB 8. Assists – Pom 12 (McGreevy 3), NB 7 (J. Greene 4).

COLTON 59, POMEROY 46

POMEROY (46) — Gingerich 0-1 0-0 0, McGreevy 1-43-4 6, Bott 5-17 0-0 12, Cor. LaMunyan 0-1 0-0 0, Cod. LaMunyan 8-16 0-0 16, Feider 3-17 0-0 7, Snyder 1-5 0-2 2, Ruchert 0-3 0-0 0, Mayfield 1-4 1-2 3, Jonew 0-0 0-0 0, Morfin 0-0 0-0 0, Slaybaugh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-69 4-8 46.

COLTON (59) — Straughan 9-20 4-4 25, Dahmen 0-0 0-0 0, Kinzer 0-1 0-1 0, Frank 1-2 0-0 3, Druffel 1-5 0-0 3, Patchen 9-16 1-2 21, Meyer 2-4 3-6 7, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Weber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 8-13 59.

Pomeroy 6 12 21 7 — 46

Colton 13 15 14 17 — 59

3-point goals — Pom 4-26 (McGreevy, Bott 2, Feider), Col 7-14 (Straughan 3, Frank, Druffel, Patchen 2).

Total fouls — Pom 14, Col 9. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none. Rebounds — Pom 38 (LaMunyan 11),

Col 39 (Patchen 19). Turnovers — Pom 4, Col 9. Assists — Pom10 (Mayfield 2, Snyder 2, Feider 2, Cod.

LaMunyan 2), Col 7 (Frank 3, Patchen 3).

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