Ferris boys clinch top seed to District 8 4A tournament
There was much to celebrate for the Ferris boys basketball team on Senior Night.
First, the Saxons clinched the No. 1 seed to the District 8 4A tournament. Second, they secured no worse than a tie for the Greater Spokane League championship. Third, all Saxons who played scored. Fourth, they opened a 19-2 lead in the first quarter.
The Saxons cruised to their 16th straight victory Thursday, handling the Rogers Pirates 87-52.
Second-ranked Ferris (17-1 overall, 16-0 league) can clinch the league title Tuesday when it meets South Hill rival Lewis and Clark in the Rubber Chicken game.
Four Saxons finished in double-figure scoring. Taylor Kamitomo led with 19 to go with nine rebounds, Chris Wilson had 17, Jordan Tonani 15 and Chase Haack 10.
Deavon Daniels of Rogers (6-12, 6-10) led all scorers with 20 points and five rebounds.
University 57, Central Valley 46: The Titans (14-4, 13-3) turned back the Bears (9-9, 8-8) in the nightcap of the Stinky Sneaker at the Arena.
The Titans dominated in three key areas. They outrebounded the Bears 36-26, outscored CV 11-0 in second-chance points and U-Hi’s bench outscored their rivals 22-4.
Zech Martin led the Titans with 12 points and six rebounds. Joseph Guerrinha led CV with 20.
Gonzaga Prep 69, Mt. Spokane 50: A surge in the third quarter propelled the Bullpups (15-3, 14-2) over the visiting Wildcats (4-14, 2-14).
Parker Kelly led G-Prep with 15 points, Stephen Ferarro had 12 and eight rebounds and Chris Sarbaugh had 11 points and seven assists. Kellen Clute and Hunter Hahn each had 12 points for the Wildcats.
North Central 58, Lewis and Clark 53: The Indians (8-9, 8-8) made key free throws in the fourth quarter and Zac Hill had 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final period over the visiting Tigers (5-13, 5-11).
The Indians made 9 of 12 foul shots in the fourth. Hill also had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Austin Dixon led LC with 13 points and Austin Damon had seven rebounds.
Shadle Park 76, Mead 74 (2OT): Antwan Johnson made a 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining to lift the Highlanders (4-14, 3-13) past the visiting Panthers (6-12, 5-11).
Mead rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Kionte Brown led Shadle with 24 points, Nick Bettinson had 23 and Johnson added 19. Mead’s Garrett Swanson led all scorers with 32.