Garrett Paxton scored a season-high 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and the Kamiakin boys basketball team picked up its eighth consecutive victory Saturday with a 74-71 overtime win over Richland in MCC play.
Richland (8-4, 6-1) had won its past 34 games against conference foes, dating to the 2014-15 campaign. Its previous three losses this season had come against Greater Spokane League powers Gonzaga Prep, Ferris and Central Valley.
In a back-and-forth contest from the tipoff, nine total players scored in double digits. Behind Paxton — who went 6 of 9 from 3-point range — Kamiakin’s Champ Grayson scored 13 points, Payton Flynn 11, and Isaiah Brimmer and Koby Bailey each had 10. Tyler Kurtz led Richland with 19 points, Cole Northrop scored 17, and Riley Sorn and Ryan Wagar each had 12.
Richland beat Kamiakin on the boards (41-32) and shot a better percentage from the field (45-40.9), but it was the Braves’ ability to take care of the ball, turning it over just nine times while taking it away 17, that allowed them to hang around.
Because Kamiakin (11-2, 6-1) lost to Walla Walla in December, the Feb. 3 rematch between the Bombers and Braves will determine a league champ if the teams win out the rest of the way.
KAMIAKIN: Green, Koby Bailey 10, Garrett Paxton 26, Wolf 2, Payton Flynn 11, Champ Grayson 13, Isaiah Brimmer 10, Nichols, Pischel 2, Mohlman. Totals: 27-66, 11-14 74.
RICHLAND: Ryan Wagar 12, Sanderson 5, Christensen, Tyler Kurtz 19, Cole Northrop 17, Streufert 6, Volmer, Riley Sorn 12, Kump, Mitchell, Kriskovich. Totals: 27-60 9-10 71.
Highlights — K, Garrett Paxton 6-9 3-pts, 4-4 FTs, 10 rebs; Koby Bailey 4 asts. R, Tyler Kurtz 13 rebs, 4 blks; Riley Sorn 10 rebs, 3 blks, 4-4 FTs; Cole Northrop 4 3-pts.