Ephrata wins first 2A title in dramatic fashion
Associated Press - March 9, 2008 12:35 AM ET
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Ephrata is Class 2A boys state champs for the first time. Barely.
Kolby Arendse's tip-in attempt hung on the rim and fell off at the buzzer, giving Ephrata a 58-56 win over Burlington-Edison on Saturday night in the 2A title game.
BE's Jake Anderson missed a 3-pointer in the closing moments, but Arendse was able to tip-it toward the rim. He just couldn't get it to fall.
Patrick Simon sparked Ephrata (25-2), scoring five straight points in the fourth quarter to give Ephrata a 54-53 lead with 1:48 left. Ephrata still led 57-56 after BE's Colin Stewart hit two free throws with 22.6 seconds left. BE's Matt Tiscornia then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled to go to the line. However, he missed both free throws and Ephrata kept their one point advantage.
Derrick Webb was fouled with 12 seconds left and hit 1 of 2 free throws for Ephrata, setting the stage for BE's last attempt.
Patrick Simon led Ephrata with 19 points and his brother Daniel added 17.
Anderson led BE (24-3) with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Burlington-Edison overcame a 9-point halftime deficit, scoring 13 consecutive points to take a 38-36 lead in the third quarter. A free throw from Daniel Simon at the 3:15 mark of the third quarter finally ended Ephrata's scoreless drought.
A 3-point play from Daniel Simon gave Ephrata the lead back, 45-43, before Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Burlington-Edison 49-45 lead, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.
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