Rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half? Nothing new for the Davis Pirates this postseason.
Six days after rallying from a 14-point third-quarter deficit against Gig Harbor in a 4A state regional game, the Pirates of Yakima overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit to top Woodinville, 63-52, in a 4A state semifinal Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
“We knew we did it before, and whatever the lead we faced was, we were capable of coming back,” Pirates senior Max Jones said.
After being dominated on the boards throughout the first quarter, the Pirates (21-4) found themselves in an 11-point hole early in the third quarter and down 10, 37-27, with 2:28 left in the third, before running off 11 of the final 14 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to two.
A conventional three-point play from Nick Navarro to start the fourth quarter gave the Pirates their first lead since midway through the first quarter and a pair of acrobatic Jones drives gave the Pirates a 46-40 lead.
The Falcons trimmed the deficit to two a couple of times, the final time on a Tony Miller jump shot, to bring the score to 49-47 with 3:27 left. However, freshman Collin Kelley answered with an 8-foot jumper and a pair of Navarro layins off Jones feeds put the Pirates comfortably on top.
Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, Jones scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Navarro led the Pirates with 20 points. 5-foot-9 guard Nikhil Lizotte — the Columbia Basin Big Nine player of the year — added 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Falcons (19-7), who were seeking their first title game appearance in school history, led by five at halftime and opened the lead to 10 after 8-3 spurt to start the third quarter.
Miller, a first-team All-KingCo player, led the Falcons with 20 points despite shooting just 4 of 21 from the field, and hauled in 12 rebounds.