Friday’s 2B Boys BB: Toutle Eliminates Toledo 49-45
STATE: Wallace Scores 18 in Final Game; Ducks Move On to Fourth-Place Game
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — The Indians’ success in loser-out games finally ran out.
Playing in their fifth do-or-die game of the playoffs, Toledo took a big early lead — and then watched it slip away in the fourth quarter, with Toutle Lake rallying for a 49-45 win in the consolation round of the State 2B tournament here Friday.
“I’m disappointed, but I’m happy with where we are,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “There’s a heck of a lot of teams that would rather be sitting here. As bad as we feel, there’s people that want to be sitting here right now.”
Brian Wood hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the scoring for Toledo, the second of which started a 14-0 run that left the Ducks down 17-2 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
Toutle Lake found its groove in the second quarter. With Toledo center Junior Arroyo in foul trouble, Ducks center Mike Adams went to work, scoring 11 points in the frame. Cam Swanson hit a jumper and a 3 in the final minute to pull the Ducks within 28-22 at the break, and a pair of 3s from Swanson tied things up at the end of three quarters.
Reece Wallace, playing his final prep game, hit a 3-pointer and then a trio of foul shots to put Toledo up 45-43 with three minutes left, but Duck point guard Nate Hoff tied things up on the other end and the Indians wouldn’t score again.
Zach Vetter then hit a wide open 3 with two minutes left to give Toutle the lead for good.
Swanson added a free throw after a technical foul on Arroyo with 1:11 to play. The Indians had the ball after a timeout with 21 seconds left, but after a missed Toledo 3 Swanson grabbed the rebound and the Ducks ran out the clock to keep their season alive an extra day.
“We had them. We had the momentum, and then a couple calls, a couple turnovers, a couple missed free throws … That’s the way it goes,” Fallon said.
Toutle Lake (21-8) plays at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the fourth-place game against either Morton-White Pass or Brewster.
It was the fourth matchup between the teams this season. Toledo won both regular-season games, with Toutle Lake bumping the Indians in the District 4 tournament. The Indians were coming off a 68-66 loss to Adna in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, in which they also led late in the game.
“We had it, and it’s disappointing, just like last night, obviously,” Fallon said. “They didn’t quit, and some of their guys that are seniors made some plays.”
Wallace finished with 18 points to lead Toledo, on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. The senior wraps his career fifth all-time on Toledo’s career scoring list, behind Artem Wallace, Ross Jorgensen, Ted Duffy and Fallon.
The Indians finish the season with a 22-7 record, after winning the Central 2B League title. It was also the final game for seniors Arroyo, Dawson Marcil and Isaac Merly.
DUCKS 49, INDIANS 45
Toledo 17 11 7 10 —45
Toutle Lk. 6 16 13 14 —49
Toledo (45) — Wood 10, Arceo-Hansen, Arroyo 4, R. Wallace 18, W. Wallace 8, B. Marcil 5
FG: 17 of 35 —.486 FT: 5 of 7 —.714 Reb. 31 (Arroyo 7)
Toutle Lake (49) — Jorgenson 2, Swanson 13, Hoff 11, Adams 17, Vetter 6
FG: 18 of 39 —.462 FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb. 11 (Hoff, Adams 3)