For three quarters the Lions contained Clarkston’s potent offense, limiting co-WIBCA Mr. Basketball Trevon Allen just enough.
But the fourth quarter was a different story.
Allen, who finished with a game-high 31 points with six 3s, made huge shots down the stretch, and Lynden couldn’t come up with the plays when it needed to, falling to the defending 2A champs 58-44 during a Class 2A State Tournament semifinal game Friday, March 5, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
“Trevon Allen, you have to tip your hat,” Lions coach Brian Roper said. “Every time we lost him, he hit tough shots. We wanted to mark him throughout the game, and he stepped up his game and made some big plays.”
With the loss, Lynden drops into the third-place game and will face Tumwater at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
Lions’ Sterling Somers, the other half of the WIBCA’s 2A Mr. Basketball, finished with a team-high 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He was the only Lion to score in double figures. James Marsh scored eight points to go with five rebounds, and Andrew Kivlighn, Noah King and Christian Zamora each had five.
Lynden overcame a first-half deficit to put itself in winning position come the fourth quarter. Lynden rallied from down double digits to enter halftime trailing only 23-21. The Lions slowed the game down, valued possessions and found themselves in a 33-31 hole heading into the fourth.
Clarkston pulled in front 46-36 before a Zamora triple and a Marsh field goal cut the lead to 46-41 with 3:30 to go, but Allen burned the Lions again during the game’s final minutes.
“I thought there were a couple of turnovers, a sequence of turnovers, and they got a couple of quick baskets,” explained Roper of why Lynden was outscored 25-13 in the fourth. “From that point we were behind, and that is a difficult team to play catch-up against, because they are solid in the half court and you have to work so hard to take away Allen.”
Despite the loss, Roper said he was confident his team would turn the page and play hard for its seniors Saturday.
Clarkston 58, Lynden 44
Clarkston: Jake Albright 2, Jett Sobotta 8, Davian Sobotta 12, Travis Hansen 5, Derrick Hoene 0, Trevon Allen 31, Keaton Brenner 0.
Lynden: Noah King 5, Sterling Somers 19, Connor Shine 0, Andrew Kivlighn 5, Jordan Wittenberg 2, Christian Zamora 5, Davis Bode 0, James Marsh 8.