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Zags Escape

The Gonzaga Bulldogs came into Thursday’s matchup against UNC Greensboro as a heavy favorite to beat the Spartans, but the Zags got all they could handle.  After having control for much of the game the Zags lost the lead with under 2 minutes to play, but Zach Norvell Jr. was able to ice the game with a late three and the zags escaped 68-64.

After making it all the way to the National Championship a year ago before falling short to North Carolina, the Zags have some young new faces and are looking to make a run deep into the tournament.  They started their road in Boise with an arena full of Gonzaga fans, but it took a some time in the early going for them to get into their flow.  Gonzaga went on a 9-2 run to end the half and give the Zags some comfort with a 32-23 lead.

The Spartans had some fight left in the 2nd half, Zags held a 46-36 lead with just under 15 minutes to go in the game before UNC Greeensboro made their run.  The Spartans chipped away at the lead of the bulldogs lead throughout the 2nd half.  UNC Greensboro tied the game at 58 with 4:55 to go when Demetrius Troy buried a jumper.  Troy tied it again at 62, then after two successful free throws by Norvell Jr, Jordy Kurpier gave the Spartans the lead 64-62 with 1:49 to play.

The tension built in Taco Bell Arena, as the Zags were looking to avoid the huge upset.  Josh Perkins shook a defender and buried the jumper at the top of the key to tie the game at 64.  The next Gonzaga possession, Zach Norvell Jr. put the Bulldogs up for good with a 3 pointer from the wing with 23 seconds remaining.  With 13 seconds to go Marvin Smith from UNC Greensboro saw his tying 3 pointer spin out and the Zags held on and avioid the 13 vs. 4 scare in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.   We feel very fortunate to advance and to win, but at the same time I’m proud of how my guys just hung with it,” Head Coach Mark Few said following the game.

The Zags face Ohio State on Saturday who they beat in the PK80 tournament by 27, so they are looking to have the same kind of output they  had back in November.  Gonzaga is the only team in the last ten years to have ten straight first round wins in the NCAA tournament. 


Braves take 4th at State

The Kamiakin Braves ended their state run with a 57-45 win over Seattle Prep for the second time in a week to claim 4th place at state. 

The Lady Braves lost to Garfield at the buzzer who plays later on for the state title, and they showed exactly why they are one of the best teams in the state, thoroughly dominating Seattle Prep.  Oumou Toure put up 19 points and pulled down 16 boards to lead Kamiakin while Alexa Hazel added 16 points to help the Braves to the victory.  Kamiakin played this same Seattle Prep team a week ago at Chiawana and used a big second half to secure the win.   Similar to that game, Kamiakin led 29-27 at the end of the first half, and used a 12 to 5 3rd quarter to help propel the Lady Braves.  Coach Lane Schumacher was able to get his seniors some minutes down the stretch when the game was in hand.  “Good to get everyone in the game.  Another great year, that’s pretty solid,” Schumacher said.

The Braves return most of the team next year and are poised to make a run again.  They have placed each of the last three years at state.


Kamiakin 57- Toure 6-17 19, Clark 6-11 14, Hazel 4-10 9, Scherbarth 1-2 6, C. Williams 2-7 4, Kutschkau 2, Mercado 2, J Williams 1


Seattle Prep 45- Stricklin 4-6 13, Franklin 5-14 11, Moffitt 4-9 9, Sauvage 2-9  6, Petro 0-8 3,Russell, 1-2 2, Frigon 1

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