Brewster boys easily roll into state semifinals

Brewster's bench stands for the final few seconds of an 89-45 win over St. George's to open the state 2B tournament Thursday at the Spokane Arena.

Photo by Al Camp
Brewster's bench stands for the final few seconds of an 89-45 win over St. George's to open the state 2B tournament Thursday at the Spokane Arena.



— The No. 1 state-ranked Brewster High School boys’ basketball team clobbered St. George’s, 89-47, to open the 2B state tournament Thursday at the Spokane Arena.

After the Dragons led 11-5 early, the Bears went on a roll to lead 35-19 at the half.

Brewster won the second half, 54-26.

Edgar Najera (18 points) got the Bears going and everyone followed him to the hoop.

At the final buzzer, five Bears were in double figures including Josh Hammons (16), Chance Williams (13), Isidro Najera (off the bench for 13) and Timbo Taylor (12).

“I think our defense tired them out and that makes them more tired on defense,” coach Taylor said. “We had pretty balanced scoring, which is good.”

Next up is a 7:30 p.m. matchup Friday against Northwest Christian-Colbert, which hung on for a 59-54 win over Morton-White Pass on Thursday.

The Crusaders (25-2) and Timberwolves (24-3), which lost to Brewster 61-43 over Christmas break, flip-flopped in the Associated Press poll between No. 2 and No. 3 all season behind No. 1 Brewster.

Brewster won, 78-49, over Northwest Christian in last year’s state game for third- and fifth-place.

Both teams return the same basic players.

Brewster (89) – E. Najera 18, Hammons 16, Williams 13, Smith 4, T. Taylor 12, C. Najera 0, Orozco 3, Dezellem 0, I. Najera 13, J. Taylor 5, Baker 5. Rebounds (30) – Williams 7, Hammons 5, I. Najera 3. Assists - T. Taylor 5, Williams 3. Blocks – Williams. Steals – 3, E. Najera 2.



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