After a two-year absense, the Lummi boys’ basketball team is heading back to the Class 1B State Tournament, and they’ll be going back as a No. 1 seed out of the Tri-District Tournament.
Trazil Lane tipped back in a missed free throw with 43 seconds to play and then got a key defensive stop at the other end of the court to beat Neah Bay 58-56 in the tournament championship game on Saturday, Feb. 21.
“I’m really proud of the way we played,” Blackhawks coach Jerome Toby said in a phone interview. “One of our starters, Austin Brockie, was unable to play ... but I thought everyone came together and stepped in to fill his shoes.”
Lummi (24-0) now will await word of who, when and where it will play in the regional round of the state tournament next weekend when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association releases its pairings on Sunday, Feb. 22.
Lummi known it should be close to home thanks to a crucial defensive stop by Kavarez Lane.
“They took a timeout with 20 seconds to go,” Toby said. “My boys played great defense, and they got their hands on the ball and there was a scramble. We prevented them from getting a shot off. I’m real proud of my boys.”
Toby said neither team led by more than a couple of buckets at any point in the game.
Trazil Lane led the Blackhawks with 23 points, while Kavarez Lane scored 20. Travzil Lane also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and had three assists.
Lummi 58, Neah Bay 56
Lummi: Dino Williams 5, Willie Jones 4, Jacob Roberts 6, Trazil Lane 23, Kavarez Lane 20, Jason James 0. Totals: 23-47 11-22 58
Neah Bay: Xavier Johnson 0, Abraham Venske 14, John Reamer 10, Jericho McGimpsey 2, Jongi Claplanhoo 2, Kenrick Doherty 11, Ryan Moss 12. Totals: 20-42 9-12 56.
3-point field goals — Lummi: 2 (Trazil Lane, Kavarez Lane); Neah Bay: 7 (Doherty 3). Rebounds — Lummi: 29 (Trazil Lane 9); Neah Bay: 32. Assists — Lummi: 8(Williams 3, Kavarez Lane 3); Neah Bay: 11. Fouls — Lummi: 15; Neah Bay: 16. Turnovers — Lummi: 11; Neah Bay: 13.