YAKIMA - The Lummi High School Blackhawks came into last night's opening round game at the 1B State Boys Basketball Tournament against the Sunnyside Christian Knights sporting a 16-5 record, having finished 12-3 in the Northwest 1B League.
The Knights went 7-1 in their league but were 11-11 overall this season, having played bigger schools during their non-league schedule.
The strategy paid off last night as Sunnyside outplayed the Blackhawks in the first half and then used a second half shellacking to post a 54-28 first round win.
Freshman Trevor Wagenaar paced the Knights with 17 points, going 5-for-9 from beyond the three-point arc to account for almost all of his points.
Lummi's Gale Jefferson scored the first points of the game for the Blackhawks, giving them a 2-0 lead against the Knights a minute and a half into the action.
Steven Broersma tied up things with a basket shortly later and then Sunnyside went on an 8-0 run before Dustin Tom scored Lummi's second basket of the night at the end of the first period.
Up 10-4, Sunnyside Christian played the Blackhawks pretty even in the second quarter, outscoring Lummi 9-8 for a 19-12 halftime lead.
Most striking in the first half was the lopsided stats. Sunnyside Christian benefited from 44 percent field goal shooting (7-for-16) in the first half and hit 4-of-8 three-point attempts.
Lummi, on the other hand, shot a miserable 27 percent from the field (6-for-22) and was 0-for-8 from behind the three-point arc.
In the second half the shooting percentage of the Lummi Blackhawks got worse while the Sunnyside Christian shooters were just getting warmed up.
The Knights increased their lead to 21-12 before Lummi stormed back on back-to-back three-point shots from Jefferson and Tom, to cut Sunnyside's lead to just three points, 21-18. Sunnyside then went on a 17-0 run, led by Wagenaar with eight points.
That gave the Knights a 20-point lead and for the most part ended any hopes the Blackhawks might have had of a comeback.
Lummi conducted an aerial assault from the three-point line, trying to get something going, but could only hit 2-of-11 in the second half. The Blackhawks went 2-for-8 at the free throw line in the game.
It was free throws that gave the Knights trouble. SCHS went to the line 13 times in the game, hitting only five shots (38 percent).
It was enough though as the Knights outscored Lummi 15-6 in the final period for the win.
Wagenaar had three rebounds to go with his game-high 17 points. He was followed by teammates Danny Van Boven and Jordan Vogel, who each scored eight points. Van Boven also dished off eight assists, grabbed three rebounds and recorded two steals.
The Knights' Kevin DeJong went 3-for-3 from the field to score six points. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Ryker Van Belle also scored six points for the Knights.
The Blackhawks were led by Jefferson with eight points and Tom, who finished with seven. David James added six points for Lummi.
The win pits Sunnyside Christian (12-11) against the Cusick Panthers for second round action that begins today (Thursday), Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. at the SunDome in Yakima.