RPI No. 9 Trout Lake awaited a rematch with Yakama Nation in a loser-out game at the Yakima Valley District 1B Boys Basketball Tournament in Goldendale.
Heavy winter weather wreaked havoc on the tournament schedule last week. Tournament officials postponed the start of play from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6. Round two took place on Feb. 7.
Consolation games were supposed to be played last Saturday but another round of winter weather forced postponement of those games until weather permitted, possibly Tuesday of this week.
Trout Lake (16-6) lost its district opener at Goldendale High School on Feb. 5 to RPI No. 7 Yakama Nation (14-8), by a score of 87-65. The teams split their Greater Colum-bia 1B League season series, with each team winning at home.
In the teams’ first neutral court meeting of 2019, the Yakama Eagles jumped ahead 25-10 in the first quarter and led 44-23 at halftime. The score after three quarters was 62-41.
“Yakama came out on fire, while we started slowly,” Mustangs Coach Morgan Colburn said. “We know we can play better and plan to next time we see them.”
Micah Colburn paced the Mustangs with 30 points and five assists.
Davis Koester chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. Reece Painter had nine points and three assists, and Carson Lanz tallied a team-high 11 rebounds on a night the Eagles limited his scoring contribution to four points. Riley Allaway finished with six points and eight rebounds.
The Mustangs earned a fourth matchup with the Yakama Eagles by defeating the Bickleton Pirates 61-42 in a loser-out game on Feb. 6.
Cole McKinney netted six 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 22 points. He also led the Mustangs with nine rebounds and five steals.
Lanz furnished 15 points and seven rebounds, and Koester provided eight points and seven rebounds.
“This was a good team win,” Colburn noted. “Cole McKinney lit it up from the 3-point line, and Carson Lanz was a constant offensive threat both inside and outside. Reece Painter did an excellent job hounding their big offensive threat, Cesareo Arriaga.”
In other action, RPI No. 1 Sunnyside Christian (21-1) downed Yakama 83-59 in a championship round game.
Trout Lake, like Sunnyside and Yakama, is trying to play its way into the WIAA Regional Round, which will be played Feb. 22-23. The 1B Hardwood Classic will be staged Feb. 27-March 2 in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for seeding teams into regional games will be calculated on a 40/40/20 formula: 40% based on win-loss percentage, 40% on opponents’ win-loss percentage, 20% on opponents’ opponents win-loss percentage.
The RPI used for seeding in 2017 and 2018 was based on a 25/50/25 formula.
WIAA is hoping to have regional matchups set by Feb. 17, but those decisions also will be weather-dependent, as many district basketball tournaments remained unfinished at the start of this week.