YAKIMA — It took overtime to do it, but Olympic High’s boys basketball team is headed to a semifinal showdown March 3 against 21-3 Selah in the 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament.
Prosser, the Trojans’ opening round foe on March 2, pushed and prodded Olympic into the extra period before losing 59-54 in the game, played at Yakima’s SunDome. Jaiden Mosley, who topped team scorers with 16 points, powered the Trojans in the second half with two three-point bombs to put them ahead 32-28 to start the fourth quarter.
Despite sitting because of fouls, Olympic’s Tyler Yost returned in the fourth to bury baskets that were critical toward propelling the team into overtime.
Prosser was led by postman Scott Blakney’s 25 points and forward Nate Brown’s 17. The pair was particularly effective down the stretch for the Mustangs. Blakney and Brown also launched successful three-pointers to put their team into a 4-point lead with just two minutes remaining.
Overtime was all Olympic. Evan Turnquist, who scored 15 for the Trojans, started off the decisive extra period with a bucket. In the end, OT turned out to a calmer affair for Olympic as they outscored their opponent 10-5.
Today (March 3), the Trojans take on Selah in a 3:45 p.m. semifinal contest. On March 2, Selah advanced by beating North Kitsap’s Vikings 62-54.
The survivor of the semifinal matchup will move on to the finals on at 9 p.m. March 4.
Selah and Olympic return to the state semifinals after long absences. The Trojans’ experience then, in 1983, was memorable as they won their game, then subsequently captured the title match to win their only state title. Selah’s absence has been more pronounced — this is its first return to the semifinals since 1960.
North Kitsap loses to Selah 62-54, will play for fourth
YAKIMA — North Kitsap lost to Selah 62-54 in the quarterfinal of the 2017 WIAA 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament, March 2 in the Yakima SunDome.
Selah next faces Olympic in the semifinal at 3:45 p.m. March 3. The winner will face the winner of the Foss-Lynden game for the championship at 9 p.m. March 4. The loser faces the loser of the Foss-Lynden game in a bid for third at 11:15 a.m.
Meanwhile, North Kitsap meets Anacortes in a bid for fourth place at 8 a.m. March 4.
Olympic is on a post-season win streak, winning its opener against Lynden 56-47 on Feb. 25, then eking out an overtime quarterfinal win against Prosser 59-54 on March 2.
North Kitsap, the Olympic League champion, lost handily to Pullman at regionals, 81-57 on Feb. 25, then rebounded with a narrow 34-30 win over Mountlake Terrace on March 1.
The North Kitsap girls got knocked out of state contention on Feb. 24, losing to East Valley of Yakima 52-41 at regionals. Olympic defeated Renton 45-36 at regionals, but was ousted from the state tournament March 1 with a 56-29 loss to Lynden.