GRANGER, Wash. — It’s understandable opponents would get frustrated against Kittitas and standout guard Brock Ravet, but it’s never a good idea to irritate the defending Class 2B state champions.
Oroville learned that lesson the hard way as the Coyotes shifted out of cruise control in the second half and showed just explosive they can be in an 86-32 win in a 2B district semifinals at Granger Friday night. Kittitas played mostly on one side of the court as it went on a 15-0 run in less than two minutes early in the fourth quarter.
“They were kind of just talking a little bit and that kind of got us going,” Ravet said. “We weren’t trying to say anything back, which is kind of hard. That definitely woke us up. We started playing harder.”
Frantic transition defense led to another mistake opponents can’t make against Kittitas — leaving Ravet open on the perimeter. The junior Gonzaga commit hit two 3-pointers during the run and finished the night 6 of 11 from outside the arc with 38 points.
He nearly completed another triple-double by grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists, both by looking downcourt on the fast break and driving into the lane to draw multiple defenders. As usual, Ravet had plenty of offensive help, as Connor Brown scored 12 points and Martin Arreola added 10.
Both Ravet and his father, coach Tim Ravet, expect that support to be critical as Kittitas moves forward in its quest to win another state title. The elder Ravet said Brock did well to involve others early in the game as the Coyotes fell behind 4-0 before scoring the next 12 points, including five from their star.
“We were settling for 3s but we had layups and you don’t want to hit a home run right out of the gate,” Tim Ravet said. “You want to get base hits and try to let the game come to you rather than trying to just knock it out of the park right away. Then we started to just punch the ball, get it into the paint and then when we started moving it inside out, you get better looks with the ball coming from the hoop.”
Kittitas has faced few true challenges during its 14-game win streak, but Brock Ravet said they haven’t forgotten the lessons learned from a 72-56 loss to defending 1A champion Zillah at the SunDome on Dec. 28. He recalled a year ago the Coyotes weren’t as prepared as they should have been for a close game when they met Brewster in the district title game.
That forced Kittitas to rally back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to preserve its unbeaten season. Brock Ravet scored 41 in that game, and he’s ready to be more aggressive if needed in a rematch with Brewster as the Coyotes (21-1) go for another district title Saturday at 6 p.m. in Granger.
OROVILLE — Anthony Jamison 7, Julian Lopez 4, Austin Bernard 2, Spencer Martin 10, Sage Sarmiento 4, Charlie Egerton, J. Jamison 0, Allie 3, Anderson 0, Rise 2. Totals 13-42 3-4 32.
KITTITAS — Brock Ravet 38, Connor Brown 12, Martin Arreola 10, Landdeck 9, Gibson 6, Harris 5, Lenihan 2, Hudson 2, Mata 2, Cade Walker 0, Cay. Walker 0. Totals 34-61 10-11 86.
Oroville 8 9 10 5 — 31
Kittitas 20 17 22 27 — 86
3-point goals—Oroville 3-17 (Martin 2-6, A. Jamison 1-5), Kittitas 8-18 (Ravet 6-11, Gibson 1-1, Harris 1-2). Rebounds—Oroville 23 (Martin 12), Kittitas 34 (Ravet 10). Steals—Oroville 3, Kittitas 12. Turnovers—Oroville 24, Kittitas 13. Fouls—Oroville 12, Kittitas 12.