Caleb Taylor scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead King's to a 45-38 victory over defending 1A champion Lynden Christian.
YAKIMA — Caleb Taylor scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead King’s to a 45-38 victory over defending champion Lynden Christian in the Class 1A boys state semifinals Friday at the Yakima SunDome.
The Knights (21-6) will play Toledo (25-1) for the title at 5 p.m. Saturday.
King’s is in the final for the first time since finishing second in 2009. The Shoreline school won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
Taylor snapped a 31-31 tie with a jumper that gave the Knights the lead for good with five minutes left. That started a 10-2 run, including seven points from Taylor. Calvin Kispert chipped in 10 points for the Knights.
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Isaac Reimer had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lyncs (22-6), who beat King’s 61-52 a month ago.
Lynden Christian shot only 23 percent (5 of 22) in the second half.
Other 1A games
Toledo 46, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 39 (semifinal)
Brennan Rakoz scored 19 points and Toledo held off a late rally by the Eagles. Rakoz keyed a 13-0 third-quarter run after a 23-23 halftime tie. CPC (21-3) cut the margin to four points twice in the fourth quarter. Luke Saufferer had 11 points and Isaiah Penchion had nine and seven rebounds for the Eagles, who play Lynden Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday for third place.
Okanogan 69, Seattle Academy 56 (loser out)
A Jason Perez three-pointer snapped a 39-39 tie and gave Okanogan (24-2) the lead for good against the Cardinals (21-3). Justin Rivas had 20 points and Quinton Oliver 18 for Okanogan, which plays for fourth place on Saturday. Yaniv Shier scored 24 and Calin Washington 14 for Seattle Academy.
Pullman 51, Renton 41 (semifinal)
Corey Langerveld scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as the No. 3 Greyhounds (26-1) advanced. Renton went cold in the second half, hitting just 5 of 18 shots. Lavelle Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds for the No. 2 Indians (24-3), who play Lynden for third place Saturday morning.
Anacortes 52, Lynden 44 (semifinal)
Anacortes (22-5), which lost by at least 10 points to Lynden twice this season, stunned the defending champs behind Jeremiah Stielow’s 17 points. The Seahawks trailed by nine before going on an 18-7 run in the fourth quarter. Top-ranked Lynden (24-2) made 4 of 26 second-half shots.
Colfax 53, Wahkiakum 37 (semifinal)
At Spokane Arena, Brady Ellis had 17 points and nine rebounds and Brandon Gfeller scored 16 as the Bulldogs pulled away from the Mules.
St. George’s 55, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 52 (semifinal)
Erik Muelheims scored 21 and Dexter Sienko had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Dragons advanced.
Sunnyside Christian 50, Pomeroy 40 (semifinal)
At Spokane Arena, the Knights used late-game free throws to withstand a late charge by Pomeroy. Alex Brouwer led Sunnyside Christian with 14 points and six rebounds.
Neah Bay 77, Lacrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus 60 (semifinal)
Tyler McCaulley set a tournament record with eight three-pointers in 12 attempts and scored 29 points for the Red Devils. Teammate DeShawn Halttunen had 21 points and six rebounds. Jed Zimmer scored 20 for the Tigercats.
Christian Faith 52, Columbia Adventist 45 (loser out)
The Eagles from Federal Way withstood a comeback by the Kodiaks to advance to the fourth-place game. Stephen Jardin scored 15 and David Irias added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Christian Faith.