For a large part of Gig Harbor’s Class 4A regional round of state game against Davis High, the Tides were in control.
But Davis refused to go away as the Pirates, led by senior guard Nikhil Lizotte, made big shot after big shot.
Gig Harbor led by 14 points in the third quarter but in the blink of an eye, the lead was gone.
Davis went on for a 58-56 victory, and the Gig Harbor players were left with a mix of devastation and shock.
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“I just really feel for the seniors,” Gig Harbor coach Billy Landram said. “To be so close to going to the (Tacoma) Dome, and to really play so hard. There’s some hurting young kids in (the locker room) right now. That’s really where my thoughts are.”
Landram said the loss was tougher than most because of the way it unfolded.
“We were up by eight with two minutes to go,” Landram said. “You should win those games. We usually do. It definitely makes it worse. It’s a 32-minute game. We talked about that at halftime. They made a lot of shots.
“We had some silly turnovers at the end. We were doing stuff that we don’t practice. We had our game plan, we go to do it, and then we just randomly go do something else. That really opens the door for them and they took advantage.”
Gig Harbor’s players were emotional seeing their season end.
“I just told them I loved them,” Landram said.”
Gig Harbor junior Sam Gagliardi had 27 points.
The Pirates advance to the state quarterfinals Thursday in the Tacoma Dome.