By John F. Cleveland II
Special to The Chronicle
YAKIMA - Bulldogs battled the on the boards with the taller Toledo team but couldn't hold them off in the second half and suffered a, 58-43, loss in the State 1A Quarterfinals at the Yakima SunDome on Thursday.
Okanogan led 17-15 after the first quarter and looked like they were going into halftime up by two points, but Toledo hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the second quarter up, 31-30.
"Toledo is a very good team and played like an experienced team, and we played panicked," Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. "Toledo didn't self destruct and I thought we did. We didn't attack when we had the opportunities in the first half, and our posts didn't get any opportunities in the second half. It's not good when our two guards put up 32 shots and our two posts only put up six."
Toledo started a six-foot seven-inch, forward, and a six-five forward and used that height advantage to rebound and make some inside shots.
The Bulldogs were only down by five points after three quarters but the Indians went on a 16-5 run in the fourth to pull away.
"I thought we were trying to play too much like individuals and not like a team," Carlquist said. "We had two people playing as individuals and we needed to play as a team. We will find out what we are made of tomorrow. One good thing is we have nine of these 11 kids returning next year, and you couldn't ask for a better experience for them."
Toledo was led by Brennan Rakoz with 16 points and 14 points each by Brent Wood and Austin Trafelet.
Okanogan's Justin Rivas led the Bulldogs with 23 points.
Okanogan (43) - Rivas 23, Oliver 3, Morris 3, Ashworth 3, Crowson 2, Townsend 4, Kerr 2, VanderWeide 3, Hathaway, Cate, Perez.
Toledo (58) - Br. Wood 14, Wallace, B. Rakoz 16, Bl. Wood 2, Trafelet 14, Muyskens, Bowen, McEwen 12, L. Rakoz, Hopf, Durham, Johnson.