In the rubber match between Clover Park and Fife, round three — and the regional berth — went to the Trojans.
The Trojans held the Warriors to two fourth-quarter field goals on the way to a 58-46 win in the Class 2A West Central District 3 boys basketball quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Foss High School.
Now guaranteed a regional berth, Fife will face league rival Washington in the district semifinals Thursday night at Foss.
Jephthah Donkor led the Trojans (15-7) with 17 points, but the play of senior wing Khyri Edwards sparked the Trojans down the stretch.
Entering the game averaging 3 points a game, Edwards scored five of his eight points in the second half, including the points that gave the Trojans the lead for good.
Trailing 41-40 with 5:59 left, Edwards sank a free throw and then picked off the ensuing inbounds pass for a lay-in, igniting a 10-0 Fife run to put the game away.
“Khyri was huge on the boards and gave us a big spark,” Fife coach Mark Schelbert said. “The leadership from him, Austin (Woods) and Donkor pushed us across.”
Woods added 10 points for the Trojans.
Rob Miller led the Warriors with 16 points.
Clover Park’s 46 points was the third-lowest offensive output this year for the Warriors — the three lowest all coming against Fife.
“Our kids play hard and compete every play,” Schelbert said. “We don’t really have a choice but to play great defense because we’re limited at times on the offensive end.”
Clover Park (14-8) faces Olympic in a loser-out game Tuesday at Curtis High School.
Watching an 11-point lead with 3:09 left melt into a 40-all tie, the Hornets (10-12) sank five of six free throws in the game’s final eight seconds to top the Totems (18-5).
Brandon Scheer and Cameron Cawley sandwiched a pair of free throws each around one by Dustin France in the game’s waning seconds.
“We work on stuff like that all of the time,” said Tripp, whose team takes on River Ridge in the district boys semifinals Thursday. “We’re trying to teach our kids to succeed in those special situations and our kids expect to win.”
The Hornets’ success Saturday started on the defensive end, as they held the Totems to 25 points fewer than their season average.
“We’ve had film on them, and that league (KingCo 3A/2A) is a whale of a league,” Tripp said. “We made some changes defensively and right now it’s working.”
That change has been a move to a 2-3 zone. “I hate zone,” Tripp grumbled, “but it’s working.”
France led the Hornets with 16 points.
Ioane averaged just 7.8 points in the regular season but was the key for Washington late as it outscored Renton 24-10 in the fourth quarter.
Tory Causey and Chandler Whalen each added 20 points for the Patriots.
Devon Jackson paced the Eagles (11-9) with 21 points.