Friday’s 2B Boys BB: Brewster Holds Off MWP in Elimination Game
FINALE: Poquette Scores 27, but Brewster Goes 10 of 12 From the Foul Line in Fourth Quarter
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — The Timberwolves had their chances and kept things close, but Brewster was just a bit too polished and efficient down the stretch here Friday in a loser-out State 2B boys basketball tournament game.
Matt Poquette scored 27 points in his final game for Morton-White Pass, which finished the season with a 21-8 record.
Brewster (22-5) moves on to play Toutle Lake at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the fourth-place game.
The Bears went 10 of 12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and had four players in double figures, led by 19 points from Corey Jarrell and 17 from Joe Taylor.
“Brewster’s a great program. (Coach) Tim (Taylor) does a great job there. They play from first grade on and they’re not going to make mistakes,” MWP coach Tony Gillispie said. “But we played well. It went right down to the wire. We had some chances, and some mistakes, and in a tight game like that, that can happen.”
Carson Lewis’ 3-point play with 2:46 left put MWP up 51-48, but Jarrell scored on Brewster’s next possession and Felix Nava hit a bucket with 1:49 left that gave the Bears the lead for good.
Still, MWP kept it interesting, though Brewster hit all six of its foul shots in the final 21 seconds.
Poquette completed a 3-point play with 7 seconds left in the game that cut Brewster’s lead to 61-60, but Jarrell cashed in both of his freebies with 5 seconds to go. Poquette brought the ball to halfcourt, but couldn’t get a last-second heave from near midcourt to fall.
Kade Kelpman and Felix Nava scored 11 and 10, respectively, for Brewster.
Poquette shot 11 of 21 from the floor, capping a tournament in which he averaged 28.7 points in three games, and Tristan Storey added 10 for MWP.
The game marked the end of both Gillispie and Poquette’s MWP careers.
Poquette, a 6-foot-6 senior, has already been named the Central 2B League MVP and this year’s WIBCA 2B Player of the Year. He’s signed to play for Central Washington University in Ellensburg next season.
Gillispie said Poquette will go down as one of the program’s best ever, along with the stars of the Timberwolves’ two championship runs.
“The difference between Matt and the other kids, they were surrounded by great players, a couple of them on championship teams, and Matthew had a bunch of guys that had never been here playing with him,” Gillispie said. “He brought them along, and they played their heart out for him, but he had to do a lot on his own.”
The Timberwolves also graduate Kade Gillispie, Tony’s son; Lewis; and Isaac Salguero.
The group overachieved this season, Gillispie said.
“I’m just proud of them. I told them I won a couple championships, and I’m proud of those boys and those were my best days, but I’m no more proud of the than I was this group here, because they achieved a lot from where we started,” Gillispie said. “Those four seniors, they’ve been absolutely perfect kids from Day 1, since grade school, so I’m sad to see them leave. But they ended up playing in Spokane, and that’s a good thing.”
Gillispie steps down after a total of 13 years at White Pass, his alma mater, and the combined MWP program, winning state championships in 2014 and 2015 and putting together a 60-game winning streak during that span, as well as five state tournament appearances in the last six years.
“I’m definitely going to miss it. This is where you miss it, over in Spokane, and in the playoffs,” he said. “I’ve got basketball in my blood. I still don’t get tired of going to the gym, I still don’t get tired of teaching kids and having fun with them. The grind, where my work schedule is and stuff, is taking a toll on me.
“But I still love the game, and I’m going to be a supporter, and a rooter, and a fan forever,” he added.
BEARS 49, TIMBERWOLVES 45
Morton-WP 8 14 17 21 —60
Brewster 10 16 17 20 —63
Morton-White Pass (60) — Rashoff 2, Gillispie 8, Lewis 6, Poquette 27, Morris 3, Storey 10, Salguero 4
FG: 22 of 44 —.500 fT: 11 of 16 —.688 Reb. 27 (Poquette, Rashoff 6)
Brewster (Nava 10, Baker 6, Jarrell 19, Taylor 17, Kelpman 11
FG: 21 of 40 —.525 FT: 15 of 20 —.750 Reb. 21 (Kelpman 5)