King's advances to state after beating Hoquiam in regionals | Boys prep basketball

By Megan Managan | Feb 28, 2014
Photo by: Megan Managan King's Josh Alexander shoots the ball during the Knights regional win over Hoquiam on Friday, Feb. 28. The Knights clinched a spot in the 1A state tournament next week in Yakima.

The King's boys basketball cleared their way to the 1A state tournament next week after beating Hoquiam in the regional round on Friday, Feb. 28.

The final score was 83-51 for the Knights.

King's led 21-10 after the first quarter of play, earning an additional three points at the buzzer thanks to freshman Corey Kispert.

In the second half, both teams began to rain down 3-pointers, but King's continued to lead 36-30 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Hoquiam edged closer, coming within four points of the Knights, but by the end of the third, King's had a strong 55-38 lead.

King's scoured 28 points during the final eight minutes of the match, while holding the Grizzlies to 13 points.

Corey Kispert scored 24 points during the game, while brother Calvin Kispert added 14 points and Brett Jones scored 11 points. David Barhanovich scored eight points, with Koa Wilkins scored six points, Noah Bundrant scored five and both Daniel Fouty and Josh Alexander each scored four points. Joe Stack scored three points, Alex Muri and Cole Mitchell each scored two points.

King's now moves on to the 1A state tournament next week at the Sun Dome in Yakima.

The Knights will face Brewster on March 6 at 2 p.m. in the loser-out tournament. If King's wins on Thursday, they will play on Friday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the Okanogan vs. Cedar Park Christian game.

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