Elijah Bannister’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left sent Kalama to a 49-47 win over King’s Way Christian in a Class 1A district boys basketball game Thursday in Centralia.
The win clinched a regional berth for Kalama, while ending the season for the Knights.
King’s Way Christian led 36-29 after three quarters. But Kalama rallied to take a four-point lead with over two minutes to play.
But the Knight led 47-45 with 54 seconds to go, but Spencer Stone was fouled after producing a steal.
He missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Bannister stripped the rebound away from a King’s Way player, dribbled behind the 3-point line and nailed the go-ahead shot.
King’s Way had two possessions in the final seconds to tie or take the lead, but the Knights never got a shot off.
It was the third loss for King’s Way to Kalama this season, the most recent one being by 29 points.
KALAMA 49, KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 47
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN — Kienan Walter 13, Parker Ickert 15, Jay Becker 6, Kyle Gonzales 2, Carter Coval 6, Karter Graves 3, Joe Mills 2, Arda Ayden 0. Totals N/A.
KALAMA — Harley Gates 2, Jared Shagool 18, Elijah Bannister 10, Isaac Truesdell 3, Seth Freeman 4, Spencer Stone 6, Hunter Esary 6. Totals N/A.
King’s Way 8 15 13 11–47
Kalama 6 11 12 20–49