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Kalama hangs on for a 61-57 win over Columbia-Burbank in 2B boys state quarterfinal

Chinooks will face Brewster in state semifinal on Friday

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Jackson Esary had 23 points and six rebounds as Kalama beat Columbia-Burbank 61-57 in the quarterfinals Thursday of the 2B boys basketball state tournament in Spokane.

The Chinooks will play fourth-seeded Brewster in Friday’s semifinal at 7:15 p.m.

Kalama shot 48 percent (13 for 27) in the first half, comparted to 30 percent for Columbia (8 for 27), as the Chinooks took a 33-25 lead into halftime.

But the Coyotes rallied in the fourth quarter, getting with 58-57 with 1:37 to go.

Columbia had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but Esary’s steal-and-score helped seal the win with 27 seconds left.

Nate Meyer added 14 points and nine rebounds for Kalama, and Max Cox added 12 points.


COLUMBIA-BURBANK — Parker Nelson 7, Tristan Frimodt 9, Quincy Scott 18, Michael Lenke 9, Elijah Kinsey 6, Jonathan Palacios 6, Crew Pariera 2, Axyl Carter 0. Totals 21-54 (6-25) 9-13 57.

KALAMA — Jack Doerty 8, Max Cox 12, Nate Meyer 14, Dylan Mills 2, Jackson Esary 23, Bradey O’Neil 2, Kaden Stariha 0, Preston Armstrong 0. Totals 24-52 (2-12) 11-18 61.

Columbia 14 11 15 17—57

Kalama 14 19 17 11—61

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