Ferris outran lightning-quick Franklin on Friday night in the semifinals, blitzing the defending state champions with 100 points. On Saturday, in the...
TACOMA — Ferris outran lightning-quick Franklin on Friday night in the semifinals, blitzing the defending state champions with 100 points.
On Saturday, in the title game of the Class 4A state boys high-school basketball tournament, the Saxons from Spokane proved they can handle the grind-it-out game too.
Second-ranked Ferris outmuscled and outlasted fifth-ranked Kentridge in a wild, back-and-forth 68-61 double-overtime win at the Tacoma Dome. The title is the second in school history.
Ferris, which also won in 1994, finished second five times before (1993, 98, 99, 2001 and 2002). The game marked just the sixth overtime title game in 4A tournament history, and only the second that went into double overtime.
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The win was highlighted by a monster dunk by 6-foot-8 Ferris center DeAngelo Casto against a depleted Kentridge front line that saw its two pillars, 6-foot-6, 270-pounder Travis Sterling and 6-5 Renado Parker, foul out in the overtimes.
On the play, Ferris wing Jared Karstetter curled around a screen at the top of the key and shoveled a pass to Casto.
Sterling and Parker had combined for 30 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists before leaving.
Casto’s dunk put the Saxons up 64-61 with a minute left in the second overtime, and jacked up the already amped crowd of 5,131. Kentridge missed two three-pointers that could have tied the game.
After two Saxons free throws, with Kentridge desperate for a basket, Casto extinguished the Chargers’ hopes with a mammoth block, the last of his seven for the night. He said the block “adds a little spice” to the win.
Casto eliminated another key Kentridge fast-break layup attempt in the first overtime with a titanic blind-side swat.
“It was the perfect exclamation mark on the season,” said Ferris point guard Shawn Stockton, the tournament MVP, of Casto’s last block.
Casto finished with 16 points, 12 points and four assists. Stockton scored 14, with three steals, and Karstetter added 11.
The win caps Ferris’ perfect 29-0 season under coach Don Van Lierop, a 1981 Bothell High School graduate who took over the program in 2002, the year after former coach Wayne Gilman died. Gilman’s son Jason is an assistant coach on this year’s team.
The Ferris run included a sweep of the Greater Spokane League, the Eastern Washington regionals and the state tournament.
Ferris has to be considered the favorite next year as well, with three juniors making up the core of this year’s squad — Casto, Stockton, the nephew of NBA legend John Stockton, and Karstetter, his league’s MVP.
The game was tied at 57 at the end of the first overtime, and Kentridge’s Brandon Turner missed a wide-open look from three-point range at the buzzer. The game had been tied 50-50 at the end of regulation.
“It’s just a couple of breaks here and there,” said Kentridge coach Dave Jamison. “You’re going to relive a lot of those plays for quite a while. I’m sad for [my team]. I’m sad that it’s over. The finality is going to hit these guys, and I’m not going to know what to do [today] and Monday and the next day.”
Coming in, Kentridge had outrebounded its three previous tournament opponents, 108-65. In taking a 28-25 halftime lead, the Chargers held an 18-10 edge on the glass, and it appeared the same formula might work.
But Ferris responded and by game’s end, it had 39 rebounds to Kentridge’s 37.
“They were real physical inside and they pushed us around in the first half,” Karstetter said. “But we got into our game again, and got it up and down a little more.”
Ferris sealed the victory with great free-throw shooting down the stretch. It went 102 for 129 in four tournament games.
The game dashed the hopes of five Chargers — Turner, Sterling, Chris Robinson, Mitchell Landis and injured senior captain Kyle McMurtry — who all attended Northwood Junior High in Renton. They went undefeated throughout junior high basketball, and talked about the day they’d finally be at state.
Kentridge (25-4), in the Kent School District, won a title in 1992.
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KENTRIDGE — Marcus Hall 1-7 3-4 6, Trey Turner 2-9 0-0 4, Darae Simpson 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Turner 3-14 2-5 8, Renado Parker 5-12 4-4 14, Josiah Brensdal 5- 12 3-4 13, Travis Sterling 6-11 4-4 16. Totals 22-65 16-21 61.
FERRIS — Jeff Minnerly 1-1 0-0 2, Erick Cheadle 2-6 5-6 10, Tyler Lynn 1-1 4-4 6, Shawn Stockton 5-12 3-4 14, Jared Karstetter 2-10 7-9 11, Andre Jennings 4-5 0-0 9, DeAngelo Casto 5-10 6-11 16, Beau Brett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-45 25-34 68.
Three-point shooting — Kentridge 1-16 (Hall 1-4, T. Turner 0-2, B. Turner 0-8, Brensdal 0-1, Sterling 0-1); Ferris 3-7 (Cheadle 1-2, Stockton 1-3, Jennings 1-2). Rebounds — Kentridge 37 (Sterling 9, Parker 7). Ferris 39 (Casto 12, Cheadle 9). Assists — Kentridge 14 (Parker 4); Ferris 10 (Casto 4). Steals — Kentridge 5 (B. Turner 2); Ferris 8 (Stockton 3). Blocked shots — Kentridge 5 (Sterling 3); Ferris 7 (Casto 7). Turnovers — Kentridge 10 (Parker 5); Ferris 13 (Casto 5) Fouled out — Kentridge (Parker, Sterling). Technicals — None.
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