YAKIMA – Free-throw shooting – the thing that propelled the Pullman boys one day further into the consolation bracket on Thursday – abandoned the Greyhounds Friday in a 43-34 loser-out loss to Quincy in the State 2A boys tournament at the SunDome.
The loss eliminated the Greyhounds from the tournament, ending Pullman’s season with a record of 18-9.
After holding off Mark Morris with 21-of-33 fourth-quarter shooting from the line Thursday, the Greyhounds got just two attempts in the second half and were just 5 of 12 from the line Friday.
Pullman was held scoreless in the third period – the second time that has happened this season – losing a seven-point lead along the way, and could only manage two field goals in the final quarter.
“They did a really good job of packing it in and making shots hard to find,” Pullman coach Craig Brantner said. “That made it really difficult for us and we couldn’t hit a 3 to get them out of it.”
Pullman used a 23-11 rebounding advantage in the first half to take a 29-22 halftime lead. The Greyhounds got nine second-chance points in the half. Pullman reserves Alec Scourey, Colby Lee, Jared Byers and Zach Barnes helped out by combining for nine points in the half.
Quincy was more patient on offense in the second half, which allowed the Jackrabbits to work their backdoor play three times even though the Greyhounds knew it could be coming.
“They really did a great job with that,” Brantner said. “They made it work even though we knew it was coming.”
Brantner tried to force a tempo change in the second half, changing point guards and emphasizing getting the ball up the floor quicker but to no avail.
“We didn’t ever get the tempo back the way we like it in the second half,” Brantner said. “I told them we needed to get moving because we are not a walk-up team.”
Clarkston 83, Wapato 71: The Bantams outlasted the Wolves, who were playing in front of a large, vocal local crowd, and a single-game record 38 points from Willie Blodgett to advance to today’s game for fourth and seventh places. Clarkston will play another Yakima Valley team – Toppenish.
The pace of the game was withering, but Clarkston made the most of a 43-27 advantage on the boards and profited from Wapato’s inability to make 3-pointers. The Wolves made just 4 of 22 shots from beyond the stripe.
Cody Brown led three Bantams in double figures with 20 points. Dustin McConnell added 15 and Chanse Brownell had 14.
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