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March 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM

4A state tournament quarterfinals: boys basketball recaps

FINAL: Richland 78, Wenatchee 49

Richland struggled to shoot the ball well in its quarterfinal matchup with Wenatchee. Luckily for the Bombers, Jacob DeVries seemingly couldn’t miss.

DeVries matched Wenatchee’s first-half total with 22 points before intermission en route to a game-high 33 points in Richland’s 78-49 win.

Almost more impressive than the point total was the efficiency used to reach it. The senior guard hit 13 of 20 shots, including five from beyond the arc. He also added six rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Wenatchee kept the score close early, tying it, 10-10, right before the end of the first quarter. Following the lead of DeVries, Richland quickly pulled away, though, taking a double-digit lead into halftime.

Richland will face Beamer in the semifinals Friday at 9 pm, while Wenatchee falls into the consolation bracket and will face Gonzaga Prep at 2 pm.

FINAL: Beamer 57, Gonzaga Prep 49

Not much went right for Beamer in the first half, particularly in the second quarter. The Titans scored just four points in the second quarter and, as a result, trailed by 12 at halftime.

But in the second half — and particularly in the fourth quarter — Beamer made all the plays that counted. After Gonzaga Prep took a 42-41 midway through the fourth quarter, Beamer outscored Gonzaga Prep 16-7 in the final four minutes.

Bogdon Bliznyuk’s 3-pointer with 3:42 left gave Beamer a 44-42 lead, and the Titans would never trail again. Bliznyuk’s two free throws with 41 seconds left gave Beamer a commanding eight-point lead, but Gonzaga Prep rallied to cut it to three with 22 seconds left. But Beamer hit five of six free throws in the final 22 seconds to close out the win.

Quadir Williams led Beamer with 18 points, including 12 in the second half. Trey Burch-Manning added 15 and Bliznyuk chipped in 13. Sam Dowd and Brendan McClary each scored 12 points for Gonzaga Prep.

Beamer (22-4) will play the winner of Richland-Wenatchee in Friday’s 4A state semifinals. Gonzaga Prep (19-4) will play the loser of Richland-Wenatchee.

FINAL: Issaquah 56, Jackson 44

Issaquah jumped out to an early 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and the Eagles never looked back after that.

Issaquah (19-6) led by at least six the rest of the way after Brian Watson’s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead. Watson double-clutched on the shot and got it off just before the buzzer blasted.

Ty Gibson led Issaquah with 18 points and Trevon Ary-Turner added 12.

The Eagles remained in control throughout. Jackson (23-2) didn’t play well on defense and struggled to rebound, coach Steve Johnson said. Jason Todd led Jackson with 17 points and Dan Kingma added 15.

Jackson cut Issaquah’s lead to six in the second half but couldn’t ever get over the hump.

Issaquah plays Garfield in the 4A semifinals Friday. Issaquah handed Garfield its only loss of the season. Jackson plays Kentridge.

FINAL: Garfield 63, Kentridge 41

The Garfield Bulldogs kicked off their quest for a state title with a statement. And a pretty big one at that.

No. 1 Garfield (22-1) didn’t waste much time in dispatching No. 4 Kentridge (25-2), and the Bulldogs made it look rather easy. Garfield guard Tramaine Isabell scored 21 points while Jashaun Agosto added 10.

Kentridge entered the game with only one loss but couldn’t get much going against Garfield’s speedy, aggressive defense. Jawan Stepney was the only Kentridge player to score in double digits and led the way with 13 points.

Garfield led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter but really put the game away in the second quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Kentridge 17-2 in the second quarter and led by 22 at halftime.

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