Columbia River holds off Lakes to reach 3A regional

Defensive pressure helps Chieftains to 55-45 victory

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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LAKEWOOD — Devin Bolds gave it his all for almost three quarters Saturday night for the Columbia River Chieftains.

The rest of the game, he had to cheer and support from the bench after fouling out.

No matter. He did his job.

With a 20-point, five-assist, four-steal performance, he helped Columbia River get out to a big lead and the Chieftains would hold off Lakes 55-45 to make it to the regionals. Columbia River is among the final 16 teams in the classification.

"We couldn't have this be our last game," Bolds said. "We made it state. That's what we wanted to do. Just gotta look forward."

Columbia River, the No. 1 seed from Southwest Washington going into the bi-district, lost its opener Friday night. The Chieftains went 0-2 last year in the bi-district. That means this was the first playoff win beyond district for all of these Chieftains.

Columbia River jumped out to a 12-point lead at the half by shooting 73 percent from the floor. They secured that win with defense when the offense struggled, especially without Bolds for the final 91/2 minutes of the game.

"I was really nervous. I didn't want it to look like it was my fault," Bolds said. "I knew they could hold the lead, though. They did a great job."

Bolds said he was helping out from the bench as much as he could, yelling out instruction.

But it was the players on the floor who held Lakes to nine fourth-quarter points.

"We were just trying keep the defensive pressure. We tried to play extra hard and keep our tempo," said Isaiah Smith, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Chieftians. "We forced them into some really bad shots, and we emphasized getting the rebounds. They didn't get too many second opportunities."

Bolds finished 8 of 9 from the floor and made four 3-pointers. Plus, he ruled those three quarters with his defense and passing.

"He plays with so much energy," River coach David Long said. "He was just everywhere."

And now the Columbia River Chieftains are on their way to regionals.

COLUMBIA RIVER 55, LAKES 45

COLUMBIA RIVER — Devin Bolds 19, Bryan Wyche 5, Torey Jones 2, Rian Bassett 4, Isaiah Smith 19, Nathan Hawthorne 5. Totals 23-41 (6-16) 3-10 55.

LAKES — Terrel Toney 2, Sammie Long 6, Taron Rogers 4, Gerald Goldwire 2, Jordan Johnson 16, Diondre Worthy 0, Tim Boulding 9, Xavier Soriano 0, Jared Goldwire 6. Totals 18-46 (1-10) 8-15 45.

Columbia River 16 21 9 9—55

Lakes 17 8 11 9—45