YAKIMA – Pullman’s David Ungerer knew he was the only player on the floor under 6-foot tall as the Greyhounds entered overtime against Lynden in the boys state 2A championship game Saturday afternoon.
But that didn’t stop the gritty point guard from taking over, scoring six points and dishing an accidental assist to have a hand in all of Pullman’s overtime scoring, and propelling the Greyhounds (23-2) to their second straight state title with a 64-58 win over the Lions at the Yakima SunDome.
The Greyhounds were forced into overtime after losing an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter. Lynden sophomore Sterling Somers, who led all scorers with 22 points, hit a sensational 3-pointer from deep in the left corner with two players guarding him to tie the contest with two seconds remaining in regulation.
“Lynden is a team of champions. We knew they would make a run,” Ungerer said of the vanquished Lions. “They won here when we were sophomores and (Somers) made an unbelievable shot to tie the game today. But our six seniors weren’t giving up.”
Ungerer, who will play football as a receiver at the University of Idaho in the fall, then seemed to have no limit to his late heroics.
He had two fields goals in the first 1:03 of the extra period before his forced 10-foot airball with 24 seconds remaining turned into an inadvertent assist. Micah Langerquist grabbed the floating ball and converted it into a lay-in.
Ungerer then closed out the scoring with two free throws with 23 seconds left.
Ungerer and Race Martin were first-team all tourney choices with Martin the MVP.
AJ Miles led the Greyhounds with 21 points.
After hitting just two 3-pointers as a team in the semifinals against Anacortes, Miles – Pullman’s best long-range shooter – hit four of seven in the first half and had five for the game.
“They (Lynden) were so worried about AJ in the overtime that they made it easier for me to get open,” Ungerer said. “He’s my best friend and I’m so happy about how he came back tonight.”
Clarkston 41, Mark Morris 26: The Bantams led from wire to wire in claiming fourth place in Class 2A.
Kage Sobotta scored 10 points, his third straight day in double figures, to lead the Bantams. Clarkston limited Mark Morris to 19.4 percent shooting from the field.
The trophy is the second for Clarkston (23-4) in its sixth 2A state tournament appearance.
White River 65, East Valley 55: The Hornets hit 25 of 43 free throws, dropping the foul-plagued Knights to sixth place in 2A girls.
Hannah Burand and Alex Rankin led East Valley (21-5) with 15 points each before fouling out. The Knights had three players finish with four fouls.
Kendall Bird of White River led all scorers with 23 points.