Lummi Nation traveled the farthest of our Whatcom teams but the trip to Richland proved to be unsuccessful as the sixth-seeded Blackhawks fell to third seed DeSales of Walla Walla, 74-56, in the Class 1B state regionals Saturday.
Despite the loss, the Blackhawks (19-8) advance to the state tournament in the Spokane Arena and will play Wednesday, March 1, in a loser-out game against Mossyrock at 3:45 p.m. The Blackhawks played the Vikings earlier this year and lost, 63-51.
Check out Whatcom Hoops for stories and photos from all of Friday’s and Saturday’s regional action.
“We ran into a good team tonight,” said Lummi Nation coach Jerome Toby.
Freshman Jerome Toby Jr. had a team-high 19 points and junior Raymond Perkins had 12 points, and the two of them had four 3-pointers each. But the Lummi Nation offense couldn’t keep up with the Irish (22-2), who had twice as many 3s and sank 14 of 16 free throws.
Senior Richard Wilson added 10 points for the Blackhawks and senior Desmond Bailey had 6 points.
DeSales 74, Lummi Nation 56
Lummi Nation 12 16 11 17—56
DeSales 20 15 16 23—74
Lummi Nation: Tobias Francis 3, Jerome Toby 19, Richard Wilson 10, Mathias Johnson, Desmond Bailey 6, Tony Abrams 4, Frank Solomon, Peyton Brockie, Tracy Powell, Raymond Perkins 12, Landon Day, Payton Scott 2.
DeSales: Spencer Green 6, Carter Green 14, Jack Lesko 26, Joe Baffney 14, Levi Bingham, Sal Sisk 2, Billy Holtzinger 4, Caden McCollaugh 8, Danny Freeman, Sean Sollars, Daniel Balof, Remy Arceo.
CLASS 1B BOYS STATE REGIONALS
Tuesday, Feb. 21
#16 Orcas Island 63, #17 Inchelium 42 (winner to second round, loser out)
#15 Pomeroy 69, #18 Muckleshoot Tribal 62 (winner to second round, loser out)
#19 Columbia Adventist 52, #14 Summit Classical Christian 49 (winner to second round, loser out)
#13 Riverside Christian 71, #20 Mary Walker 58(winner to second round, loser out)
Saturday, Feb. 25
#1 Wellpinit 83, #8 Oakville 46 (both to state tournament)
#2 Sunnyside Christian 56 vs. #7 Cusick 45 (both to state tournament)
#3 DeSales 74, #6 Lummi Nation 56 (both to state tournament)
#4 Willapa Valley 48 #5 Moses Lake Christian/Covenant Christian 34 (both to state tournament)
Orcas Island 73, #9 Neah Bay 65 (winner to state tournament, loser out)
#10 Mount Vernon Christian 65, Pomeroy 40 (winner to state tournament, loser out)
#11 Mossyrock (18-6) 59, Columbia Adventist 45 (winner to state tournament, loser out)
#12 Sound Christian Academy 61, Riverside Christian 52 (winner to state tournament, loser out)
At Spokane Arena
Wednesday, March 1
Lummi Nation (19-8) vs. Mossyrock (19-6), 3:45 p.m. (loser out)
Cusick (19-5) vs. Mount Vernon Christian (21-6), 5:30 p.m. (loser out)
Moses Lake Christian Academy (18-4) vs. Sound Christian Academy (22-4), 7:15 p.m. (loser out)
Oakville (17-5) vs. Orcas Island (21-9), 9 p.m. (loser out)
Thursday, March 2
Willapa Valley (19-5) vs. Mossyrock-Lummi Nation winner, 3:45 p.m.
Wellpinit (23-1) vs. Mount Vernon Christian-Cusick winner, 5:30 a.m.
DeSales (22-2) vs. Sound Christian Academy-Moses Lake Christian/Covenant Christian, 7:15 p.m.
Sunnyside Christian (20-4) Oakville-Orcas Island winner, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 3
Consolation game, 12:15 p.m. (loser out)
Consolation game, 2 p.m. (loser out)
Semifinal, 7:15 p.m.
Semifinal, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 4
Consolation game, 9:30 a.m. (winner fourth, loser sixth)
Consolation final, 1 p.m. (winner third, loser fifth)
Championship final, 5 p.m. (winner first, loser second)
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.