Cascade Christian repeats in 1A | Boys Basketball
Cody Shackett scored 26 points as Cascade Christian of Puyallup claimed its second consecutive Class 1A boys basketball state championship.
YAKIMA — Cody Shackett scored 26 points as Cascade Christian of Puyallup claimed its second consecutive Class 1A boys basketball state championship with a 71-59 victory over Zillah on Saturday at the Yakima SunDome.
T.J. Tuttle chipped in 22 points and Shawn Spencer added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.
Top-ranked Cascade Christian (25-2) shot 48 percent (24 of 50), hitting its first five shots. Tuttle was 6 of 9 and scored 14 points before halftime.
Shackett, the tournament MVP for the second consecutive year, got 19 of his points in the second half on 5-of-11 shooting. The 6-foot senior guard was 3 of 5 from three-point distance.
In six state appearances, Cascade Christian has earned a trophy twice — both as state champion.
The Cougars had a dominating run through the playoffs this season, routing Hoquiam 83-54 in the first round before beating Mabton 59-44 in the quarterfinals and topping Granger 72-51 in the semifinals at the SunDome.
Clover Park 69,
Squalicum 54 (1st-2nd)
In Yakima, Ahmaad Rorie had 21 points as Clover Park (27-3) earned its first championship. The Warriors from south Tacoma avenged a 56-54 first-round state-playoff loss to the Storm on Feb. 25.
David Crisp added 15 points and tournament MVP Tana Pritchard had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Clover Park.
The Warriors put the game away with a 17-6 run in the third quarter. Rorie had seven points during that stretch.
Joseph Chunphakvenn scored 20 for the Storm (18-9) from Bellingham, which won titles in 2009 and 2010. Chris Qualls Jr. added 17 for Squalicum.
Northwest Christian (Colbert) 41, Napavine 32
In Spokane, Kwinn Hanson, a 6-5 junior, scored the Crusaders' first 17 points and finished with 21 as Northwest Christian (25-2) returned to the top. The Crusaders were state champions for four straight years from 2006-09 before their string was snapped last year. Hanson also had nine rebounds and three blocks. Reece Stanley paced Napavine with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Bear Creek 54, Colfax 43 (3rd-5th)
Luke Blankenbeckler and Lucas Peterson combined for 29 points and seven assists for Bear Creek of Redmond, which used a 12-3 run over the final six minutes of regulation to pull away.
Erik Domas and Ryan Strandin combined for 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies (23-5), who got eight second-chance points.
Brandon Gfeller paced Colfax (23-5) with 16 points and J.J. Robinson added 10, but the usually sharpshooting duo went just 10 of 23 from the field. Colfax shot 30.5 percent, including 6 of 30 beyond the three-point arc.
Sunnyside Christian 55, Neah Bay 50 (1st-2nd)
In Spokane, the Knights dug themselves an early hole, then battled back behind 6-6 Steven Broersma's 24 points and 10 rebounds to capture their second straight title and fourth in five years. Drexler Doherty scored Neah Bay's first 12 points and 16 of their 18 in the first quarter. He finished with 31 points, six rebounds and three steals.
From Yakima Herald-Republic and Spokesman-Review.