Friday’s 2B Boys BB: Ravet, Coyotes Rout Adna in Semifinals

Adna’s Austen Apperson (left), Conner Weed (center) and Cody Young (right) guard Kittitas’ Brock Ravet (right) on Friday during the State 2B semifinals in Spokane.

ON FIRE: Brock Ravet Scores 33, Kittitas Shoots 64 Percent in 77-34 Win Over Adna

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

SPOKANE — The Pirates knew what they were getting into with Kittitas and, specifically, point guard Brock Ravet.

They didn’t know, however, that they’d be seeing Ravet at his peak.

The Coyotes’ standout junior guard scored 33 points, hit five 3-pointers in the first half and led Kittitas in a 77-34 rout of Adna on Friday to secure a return trip to the State 2B title game.

“I think everyone in the state kind of knows how good they are, and the potential for how, maybe, unbeatable they can be,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “We just saw that unbeatable team tonight.”

The Coyotes beat Liberty, 72-69, in last year’s title game, two games after beating Adna in the first round. They entered Friday’s state semifinals with a 25-1 record, with the only loss coming to 1A Zillah back in December.

“We could have played our greatest game against them tonight, and we still probably lose by 20 or 30,” Salme pointed out.

Ravet led the way, hitting five 3-pointers in the first 6 ½ minutes as the Coyotes scored 33 first-quarter points — just a point shy of tying the tournament record. He finished 13 of 19 from the field and 7 of 13 from long range, with 10 rebounds and five assists.

It wasn’t just the numbers — he had 23 points in the first half — but how he piled them up, burying stepback 3-pointers from NBA range with Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few watching from the crowd.

Ravet has verbally committed to play at Gonzaga, just a few blocks from the Spokane Arena.

“We said, he’s going to score his, and we’ve got to hope that they’re contested stepback 3s, which we know he can shoot,” Salme said. “But, jeez louise, what a testament to the work. You don’t get that good without working so incredibly hard, and it’s a sight to see.”

Kittitas shot 18 of 25 (72 percent) from the field in the first half and led 48-22 at the break before holding Adna to 2 third-quarter points.

Cody Young led the Pirates with 12 points, but no other Pirate scored more than 4.

Mason Landdeck added 16 for Kittitas, which shot 64 percent (28 of 44) from the field and 13 of 23 from 3.

Now Adna (23-3) faces either Liberty or St. George’s at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon with the state’s third-place trophy on the line.

“It’s tough to come back ready to go, with energy, on that short of a turnaround, after losing a semifinal,” Salme said. “But I have a feeling we’ll come out and perform better than we did tonight.”

 

At Spokane

COYOTES 77, PIRATES 34

Adna   10 12  2 10 —34

Kittitas 33 15 25 4 —77

Adna (34) — Young 12, Weed 4, Metzenberg 4, Davis 3, Thornburg 1, Apperson 4, Fay 4, Moon 2

FG: 10 of 41 —.244 FT: 12 of 14 —.857 Reb. 22

Kittitas (77) — Gibson 6, Brown 8, Landdeck 16, Arreola 3, Ravet 33, Harris 5, Hudson 4, Mata 2

FG: 28 of 44 —.636 FT: 8 of 9 —.889 Reb. 25 (Ravet 10)

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