Some might have questioned the strength of the schedule the Richland Bombers ran through this season on their perfect run to the Tacoma Dome.
But the Bombers showed just how good they are — even against competition from the western side of the state— with a thorough 75-61 dismantling of Class 4A West Central District champion Todd Beamer on Friday night in a 4A state semifinal matchup at the Tacoma Dome.
Richland (25-0) will take on Garfield at 3 p.m. Saturday for the 4A state title.
“We’ve never even discussed that,” Richland coach Earl Streufert said of his team’s schedule. “We beat everybody on our schedule. The draw is what it is and you have to go out and play.”
That they did from the start, leading 14-12 after one quarter and then 33-20 at the half, shooting 52 percent from the field.
“We knew we were going to get shots,” Streufert said.
And the Bombers kept knocking them down. Beamer (22-5) cut the lead to 48-38 on Bogdon Bliznyuk’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 1 second left in the third quarter, but Richland refocused and pushed the lead to as many as 20 points midway through the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t rotate well,” Beamer coach Winston Guy said. “We didn’t get a hand in their faces. No excuses.”
Richland shot 49 percent from the field (25 of 51) and 36 percent (7 of 19) from 3-point range for the game.
“Just super unselfish play all over the court,” Streufert said.
Steven Beo led Richland with 29 points, while Jacob DeVries added 18.
Quadir Williams’ 14 points led the way for Beamer.