Thursday’s 2B Boys BB: Liberty Bumps MWP, 51-50, in Quarterfinals
STATE: Poquette Scores 31; Holling’s Late Runner Puts Lancers Ahead
By Aaron VanTuyl
SPOKANE — The Lancers just kept hanging around.
Morton-White Pass led almost the entire first half and all but a few brief stints in the second half here Thursday night in a quarterfinal game of the State 2B boys basketball tournament, but Liberty made the most of its final chances to pull out a 51-50 win and advance to the state semifinals.
Brandon Holling hit a short runner from the left side with 3.9 seconds left on the clock to give Liberty its only lead of the fourth quarter, and a contested 3-pointer from Matt Poquette went in and out at the last second to leave the Lancers in front.
The Timberwolves (21-7) play at 2 p.m. on Friday in a loser-out consolation game.
Poquette finished with 31 points on 12 of 19 shooting with five rebounds and four assists.
Liberty, meanwhile, got 14 points from Thomas Redder, 13 from Juwuan Nave and 12 from forward Isaak Ottmar.
Redder went 7 of 10 from the field and added seven rebounds, mostly in the first half.
“We had a hard time stopping that kid, but other than that we had a lead and we were in good shape, for the most part,” MWP coach Tony Gillispie said. “We had a lead. We just didn’t finish.”
The Timberwolves led 50-45 on a layup from Tristan Storey, on a feed from Poquette, with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Ottar hit a pair of free throws on the Lancers’ next possession, then scored inside with 17 seconds left to pull Liberty within a point. The Timberwolves missed a foul shot on the other end, and after a pair of timeouts Holling hit the go-ahead shot.
“We’re probably not the team that’s going to come over here and blow people out. We’re just not going to open it up too much,” Gillipsie said. “I was fine with the close game, and we had our chances in the end and didn’t get it done.”
Kade Gillispie added 9 for MWP, which shot 20 of 41 from the field — a 49 percent clip, identical to that of Liberty (21 of 43).
Gillispie said he hopes his team, which features four seniors, can return ready for Friday’s loser-out contest with either Brewster or St. George’s.
“For this group to get a trophy would be a great accomplishment,” he said. “I’m hoping we can bounce back and come back with a good showing tomorrow.”
LANCERS 51, TIMBERWOLVES 50
Morton-WP 18 12 13 7 —50
Liberty 10 13 17 11 —51
Morton-White Pass (50) — Morris 2, Rashoff 2, Gillispie 9, Lewis, Poquette 31, Storey 6
FG: 20 of 41 —.488 FT: 5 of 8 —.625 Reb. 24 (Poquette 5)
Liberty (51) — Nave 13, Holling 8, Redder 14, Ottmar 12, Jeske 4
FG: 21 of 43 —.488 FT: 8 of 11 —.727 Reb. 26 (Redder 7)