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Brewster boys turn back Walla Walla at state

Cade Smith of Brewster passes while flying down court against Walla Walla Valley at the state 2B boys basketball tournament Thursday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Cade Smith of Brewster passes while flying down court against Walla Walla Valley at the state 2B boys basketball tournament Thursday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.



— The Brewster boys basketball team turned up its defense in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 55-50 win over Walla Walla Valley Nights in a state 2B quarterfinal Thursday.

The Bears (23-2) play Liberty of Spangle (25-2), which sports 6-8 Match Burnham, at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Brewster coach Tim Taylor, who has coached against Liberty’s coach Mike Thacker in the past, said, “His teams are always prepared and play hardnosed.

The other semifinal pits Northwest Christian of Colbert (20-7) against No. 1 ranked Morton-White Pass (26-0) at 3:45 p.m.

Walla Walla Valley led 30-17 at the half and 44-40 after three quarters aided in part by great 3-pointer shooting at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Knights finished making 6-of-13 in the first half (46.2 percent). Brewster’s defense allowed only 2-for-9 in the second half. The Knights finished making 8-for-22 for the game (40.9 percent).

“We were aware they could shoot,” Taylor said. “They kicked them out and drained those 3-pointers We did not see that in film. We knew they were patient and big and we bought into that.”

Chance Williams (9 points, 8 rebounds) kept and Josh Hammons (14 points and 8 rebounds) kept the Bears in the game.

“We came out real slow,” Williams said. “We had troubles. We came out the second half motivated and pumped up.”

The difference, said the coach, was playing more aggressive on defense in the second half, and turning it up a notch in the fourth quarter.

John Martinez, who got a good view of the game from the bench, said, “That last quarter we changed, made it our game.”

Timbo Taylor (18 points, 3 assists, 4 steals) got a steal and was knocked out of bounds with 16.6 seconds left. He made both free throws for what would be the final score.

“It’s great to get the first win,” Taylor said. “I thought our defense was really, really good in the final 16 seconds. They couldn’t get a shot off.”

The Bears won the steal battle, 12-2, and finished with 8 turnovers to 13 for the Knights.

“I told them to be more aggressive,” coach Taylor said. “For the most part they did in the second half.”

Walla Walla Valley Academy (50) – Shaw 17, Richardson 2, Browning 14, Fitzgerald 6, Terry 3, King 4, Jennings 4. Rebounds (28) – Fitzgerald 10, Jennings 8, King 3. Assists (9) – Fitzgerald 3. Steals (2) – Shaw 1, Fitzgerald 1.

Brewster (55) – Boesel 0, Hammons 14, I. Najera 4, Divis 8, Williams 9, Smith 2, Taylor 18. Rebounds (32) – Hammons 8, Williams 8, Smith 3, Divis 3. Assists (13) – I. Najera 4, Divis 3, Taylor 3. Steals (12) – Taylor 4, Smith 3, Najera 3.



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