SPOKANE, Washington — Jake Straughan scored eight of his game-high 25 points in the closing minutes to carry Colton past Pomeroy 59-46 Saturday night in the Washington Class 1B boys state title game.
Dalton Patchen added 21 points and 19 rebounds as the Wildcats (20-6) earned the school's first state championship. Cody LaMunyan had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates (23-3), who were also seeking their first title.
Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, Pomeroy clawed to within 45-43 with 5:50 left in the game on a floater in the lane by Tyson Feider.
Colton responded with a 10-0 run started by Straughan's driving layup and capped by Patchen's left-handed tip-in of a Straughan miss with 2 minutes left that saw the Wildcats go up 55-43. It was one of a handful of athletic putbacks by the lanky 6-foot-7 Patchen.
Straughan's three 3-pointers staked Colton to a 13-4 lead to start the game. The Wildcats never trailed.
Riley Bott had 12 points for Pomeroy.
Earlier, Josiah Greene had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Neah Bay topped Shorewood Christian 55-44 for third place. The Red Devils jumped ahead 19-9 to start the game and never trailed. Stan Domingo scored 12 points and Jovi Fevaleaki had nine rebounds for the Lions.
Tyler McCaulley added 10 points for Neah Bay, which forced 21 Shorewood Christian turnovers.
Also, Three Rivers Christian got 22 points from Eric Powell to earn fourth place with a 63-49 victory over Tulalip Heritage. Zach Martinez added 20 points for the Eagles, who led by as many as 20 in the first half.
Keanu Hamilton had 12 points and Robert Miles had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks.