Clyde Selected For WIBCA All-State

Kamiakin’s Cooper Clyde and Sunnyside Christian’s Alex Brouwer were selected to play in the 2013 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association All-State games.

Clyde will participate in Saturday night’s Class 3A/4A game at Curtis High School in University Place. The teams will tip off at 6 p.m., after the 1B/2B and 1A/2A contests.

Clyde, Robertson, Williams TCH All Area

2013 Tri-City Herald All-Area boys basketball team


Most Valuable Player: Nathan Streufert, forward, junior, Richland

Coach of the year: Earl Streufert, Richland


First team

Cooper Clyde, guard, senior, Kamiakin

Cristian Aguilar, guard, senior, Kiona-Benton

Joe Douglas, post, senior, Hanford

Payton Radliff, guard, junior, Richland

Tanner Cranor, post, senior, Walla Walla


Second team

Kylle Robertson, guard, junior, Kamiakin

Mitchel Mueller, guard, senior, Kennewick

Wesley Henderson, post, senior, Chiawana

Jalen Watson, guard, senior, Hanford

Julian Figueroa, guard, senior, Pasco


Third team

Terran Brown, guard, junior, River View

Chris Ryckman, guard, junior, Columbia (Burbank)

Mick Phelps, post, senior, Kiona-Benton

Mason Schutt, guard, junior, Prosser

Javan Williams, guard, senior, Kamiakin

Braves Rally To Beat Pasco

Kamiakin 49, Pasco 47: The Braves overcame the crushing news of losing starting guard Javan Williams to a broken foot by hanging on for a key MCC home win over the Bulldogs.

Williams injured the foot 1 1/2 minutes into last night’s win over Southridge and will be lost for the rest of the season.

“I feel so bad for the kid. He’s just snakebitten,” Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said of Williams, whose football season also ended prematurely because of an injury. “He’s a big piece. You don’t just replace 9 1/2 rebounds a game and the defensive player of the league.”

But Cooper Clyde stepped up with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists against zero turnovers to provide some stability in Kamiakin’s backcourt.

“I’m proud of the kids for being able to deal with adversity,” Meneely said.

Miguel Torres scored 11 points to lead Pasco, which had a chance to win the game on a last-second 3-pointer from De’Drain Miller. But Miller’s shot bounced out.

PASCO — Brown 8, Arroyo 5, Figueroa 8, Cardoza 6, Ballardo 6, Miller 1, Miguel Torres 11, Murillo, Cobain 2, Young, Cruz. Totals 17-52 12-15 47.

KAMIAKIN — Robertson 9, Clyde 17, Joseph, Holle 3, Petsch 3, Bayles 4, Fowler, Gurney 13. Totals 19-46 5-7 49.

Pasco 7 12 11 17 — 47

Kamiakin 16 11 11 11 — 49

Highlights — Cooper Clude 6 rebs, 5 assists, 0 turnovers; Gurney 7 rebs; Robertson 8 rebs.

Kamiakin uses furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Hanford

Kamiakin uses furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Hanford

Kylle Robertson scored a game-high 25 points as Kamiakin used a big fourth quarter to rally past Hanford 59-47 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game in Richland.

After leading by seven at halftime and by two at the end of the third quarter, the Falcons were outscored 19-5 in the final period.

“Give them credit for kind of taking it to us in the fourth quarter,” Hanford coach Paul Mayer said. “We just didn’t respond by scoring at all. They made the plays they needed to.”

Joe Douglas had 17 points and nine rebounds for Hanford.

Read more here:

Kamiakin boys top Pasco 47-35

Kamiakin boys top Pasco 47-35

It’s not necessary for the Kamiakin boys basketball team to sink every shot to be successful.

What is critical for the Braves, however, is to take care of the ball on every possession.

So even though Kamiakin shot just 34 percent from the field during a Mid-Columbia Conference matchup in Pasco, Braves coach Brian Meneely was all smiles after a 47-35 road victory over the Bulldogs.

“I thought (ballhandling) made a huge difference,” Meneely said after Kamiakin committed just six turnovers for the entire game. “Our offense didn’t feed their offense. If you give them a head start, you’re not going to catch them.”

Instead it was the Braves that got off to the hot start, hitting seven of their first 12 shots to build a 15-4 first-quarter lead.

But Pasco returned fire with a 10-0 run sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Julian Figueroa and Efrain Cardoza. Figueroa grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the putback with 5:56 left in the half, pulling to within one point at 15-14.

Meanwhile, the Kamiakin offense was running cold, missing 10 consecutive shots during a 6 minute stretch from the end of the first quarter to the middle of the second.

But the Braves snapped out of it and kept things tight on defense, holding Pasco scoreless for a 4 1/2 minute stretch toward the end of the second quarter to push the lead back to 29-19 at the half.

“It’s hard to defend when you’re not scoring,” Meneely said. “I’m happy with this group in that regard.”

Neither team shot well the rest of the way, but the Bulldogs scored just five points in the third quarter, falling behind 39-24 before the fourth quarter.

John Petsch led Kamiakin with 16 points and nine rebounds. The junior guard combined with seniors Cooper Clyde and Javan Williams to give the Braves a clean perimeter game with crisp passing, strong defense and a dominating rebounding presence.

Kamiakin outrebounded Pasco 42-31. Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds. Clyde finished with 15 points and eight boards.

“I’ve been working a lot. I’ve been wanting this for a long time,” said Petsch, who played on junior varsity last season while the varsity earned its second consecutive trophy finish. Petsch is hoping to contribute to another memorable finish.

With the all-around effort he displayed Friday, he gives the Braves a trio of guards as good as any in the area.

Petsch showed his versatility early, attacking the basket off the dribble for his first points of the night. Then he posted up low for two points inside. He capped the Braves’ scoring at the end of the first half, driving the left baseline for a slick double-pump layin with 10 seconds left.

He said Meneely counts on him for a different things at different times. Against Pasco, the Braves needed Petsch to attack and rebound, and he did both extremely well.

“We had a couple of tough games recently. Today we got to open things up offensively,” Petsch said.

But it was on the boards where Meneely said he made the biggest difference.

“He really rebounded well tonight, but he got his hands on a lot more basketballs,” Meneely said.

Julian Figueroa led Pasco with 13 points, finishing the game with a nice coast-to-coast layin, getting fouled in the process, with 1:18 to go.

He converted the free throw to complete the three-point play.

“Julian is a player who can do so much,” Meneely said. “He’s got a quick release. He gave them a big spurt.”

Read more here: