Jacob Hjort picked the perfect time to hit his only 3-pointer of the game.
Columbia River’s normally dependable sharpshooter struggled Saturday, but he came through in the clutch, hitting a 3-pointer with six seconds to go to lift the Chieftains to a 41-40 win over Black Hills in a first-round game of the 2A district tournament.
“They defended us well,” Columbia River coach David Long said. “In the first half, they chased us off the arc, and our shot selection was not great. We got better looks in the second half, but we just couldn’t hit anything.”
Jack Armstong played well inside, scoring six of his nine points in the second half and Nasseen Gutierrez pulled down 14 rebounds.
“That was crucial,” Long said. “Because we weren’t making our shots, it was important to limit them to one shot.”
River beat Black Hills at their place 53-34 back in December.
“I don’t think we were overconfident,” Long said. “I think our opponent just came to play.”
Teams we played earlier this season beat them handily. I don’t we were overconfident, I know our opponent came to play.”
River advances to play W.F. West in the district semifinal at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Mark Morris High School.
COLUMBIA RIVER 41, BLACK HILLS 40
BLACK HILLS — Joe Crumley 7, Avery Armin 2, Ethan Loveless 2, Jackson Bauer 3, Garrett Glenn 13, Gabe Wright 2, Kaena Walker 7, Zach Crumley 3, Casey Olson 0. Totals 16 (3) 5-11 40.
COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 5, Jacob Hjort 10, Evan Dirksen 0, Caden Dezort 9, Jack Armstrong 9, Nasseen Gutierrez 8. Totals 12 (3) 14-24 41.
Black Hills 4 14 13 9–40
Col.River 10 10 7 14–41