Kyle Gonzalez hit a late free throw to give King’s Way a three-point lead, then the Knight secured a rebound of a missed free throw by Hoquiam to notch a win in the 1A district tournament.
King’s Way Christian advances to play Woodland in the district semifinals on Tuesday.
King’s Way won the game by knocking down its free throws, making 7 of 10 in the fourth quarter.
“Our guys did a good job dealing with adversity,” King’s Way coach Daven Harmeling said. “We were in control a good part of the game, but they started cutting into the lead. But we were able to respond to that, which often haven’t been able to this season.”
After Gonzalez gaves the Knights a 55-52 lead, King’s Way opted to foul instead of giving Hoquiam a chance at tying 3-pointer. The Grizzlies converted the first free throw with three seconds left and intentionally missed the second. The Knight pulled down the rebound for the win.
Jay Becker led King’s Way with 16 points.
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 55, HOQUIAM 53
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN — Kienan Walter 8, Parker Ickert 5, Jay Becker 16, Kyle Gonzales 9, Carter Coval 6, Cole Jensen 3, Arda Ayden 5. Totals 16 (6) 17-22 55.
HOQUIAM — Kelly 10, Newton 12, Steen 9, Adams 5, Varning 4, Anderson 2, Brydon 11. Totals 17 (6) 13-21 53.
King’s Way 5 19 12 19–55
Hoquiam 8 10 14 21–53