Braves #6 In State Poll

Seattle Times Rankings

Class 3A - 12/3

1. Seattle Prep 2-0
2. Lakes (Lakewood) 1-0
3. Rainier Beach (Seattle) 1-0
4. O'Dea (Seattle) 1-0
5. University (Spokane) 1-0
6. Kamiakin (Kennewick) 1-0
7. Lake Washington (Kirkland) 1-0
8. Franklin (Seattle) 2-0
9. Foss (Tacoma) 2-0
10. Lincoln (Tacoma) 1-1

Kamiakin boys win 3A district title

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK -- Sixteen years had passed since the Kamiakin boys basketball team last won a district title before Friday's 55-42 CBBN 3A championship win over Southridge in Kennewick.

Case Rada, a Braves senior captain, was 3 years old and fellow senior captain Riley Hayfield was 2 when Kamiakin last cut down the nets to celebrate a district title win over Richland at Art Dawald Gym.

But the senior pair got to celebrate this one on their home court amid a torrential downpour of toilet paper that cascaded from the student section.

"They're like our sixth man. We haven't played a team yet that has a better student section," said Rada, the CBBN 3A player of the year who scored a game-high 15 points.

Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely was a freshman guard at Kennewick High School when that 1995 team took fourth at state. But this year's group, ranked third in the state, has a chance for another memorable state run after clinching a No. 1 seed into the 3A state tournament beginning next weekend.

The Braves (21-1) will open their tournament against North Central (11-12), the top seed out of the Greater Spokane League 3A, on Friday at Spokane Falls Community College.

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Kamiakin boys top Hanford 47-44

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK -- The Kamiakin boys basketball players headed into the final weekend secure in the knowledge that the CBBN 3A regular-season title was all theirs.

But the Braves were reminded in an uncomfortably narrow 47-44 home win over Hanford that the other teams in the division still have plenty to fight for.

With their top scorers Case Rada and Tyler Holle struggling from the field -- they combined for just nine points -- Justin Pedley led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds on a night the Falcons nearly ruined Kamiakin's unbeaten league season.

"Our focus all week in practice has been (to) finish. We had a mark in mind after the Chiawana loss to finish 19-1," Pedley said after the third-ranked Braves' 13th consecutive victory. "We like to spread the ball around. If our guards are missing shots, we know there are other people on the floor who can pick things up."

Kamiakin (18-1, 13-0) trailed the entire first half after Hanford got off to a hot shooting start.

Despite losing their top perimeter threat, Bear Braich, to a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Falcons (8-11, 7-6) hit seven of their first 10 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers from Jalen DeVine to take an 18-11 first-quarter lead.

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Pedley, En'Wezoh pace Braves

Pedley, En'Wezoh pace Braves


Justin Pedley and Zach En'Wezoh combined for 40 points and 31 rebounds to lead Kamiakin to a 62-47 road win over Chiawana on Saturday night in Pasco.

Pedley scored 23 points and had nine rebounds, while En'Wezoh added 17 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Braves an insurmountable edge inside.

"They overpowered us inside. Whether they were in a zone or man-to-man, they just dominated the paint," said Riverhawks coach Chad Herron. "(The Braves) are going to be a force."

Chiawana led 12-8 after one quarter, but Kamiakin took a 26-20 lead at the half and pulled away over the final 16 minutes.

Miquiyah Zamora led Chiawana with 25 points and five rebounds.

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