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Declaration sparks new GOP divide in Congress
Author: LISA MASCARO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another.

Republicans are deeply torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive power after Congress denied him money he wanted for the wall along the Southern border. Some are backing the president, while others are vehemently opposed to what they see as constitutional overreach, setting up a potential showdown that adds to the already expected legal challenges.

“I don’t believe a national emergency declaration is the solution,” said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who warned of taking the country down a “rabbit hole” with future presidents seizing unchecked executive power.

“No crisis justifies violating the Constitution,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said, “Declaring a national emergency is unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

It’s an outcome Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership warned Trump against. For days, they publicly urged him not to declare an emergency. But with Trump’s signature Friday on the action, the Republican leaders are largely falling in line behind Trump.

As Democrats are quick to call for oversight and investigation, they are also almost certain to seek a vote of disapproval that will force Republicans to stand with the president — or against him.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says his committee will investigate the “constitutional and statutory issues” raised by the declaration and will ask White House officials to appear for testimony.

Nadler said Trump’s decision shows “reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system.”

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, said that while he supports Trump’s commitment to securing the border, “a national emergency is a serious act with deep implications, and it’s disappointing that partisan politics have brought us to this point.”

Congress has ability under the National Emergencies Act to halt the president by a simple majority vote of disapproval in both chambers. That makes the outcome uncertain, especially in the Senate where Republicans now hold a narrow 53-47 majority.

Trump would almost certainly threaten to veto such a resolution, if it passed, and Congress would then be faced with the difficult task of mounting the votes to override.

Trump’s decision creates an “important moment for constitutional democracy,” said Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government at American University and author of a book on presidential power.

“Congress has the tools available to stop this if it chooses to act,” Edelson said. “All eyes should be on Republicans in Congress, some of whom are clearly troubled by this action, including the precedent it could set.”

Top Trump allies are splintering. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, once resistant to an emergency declaration, told Fox News he’s all for it. “We would be idiots as Republicans not to support Donald Trump to try to build this wall anyway he can,” Graham said.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., may be tougher to sway. “I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters,” Paul said in a statement.

“Extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them,” added Paul, who regularly criticized former President Barack Obama for what Paul and other Republicans termed executive overreach.

Many Republicans criticized Obama for what they saw as executive overreach, particularly on immigration issues. Some of Obama’s actions, including those to shield young immigrants from deportation, continue to play out in the courts.

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight
Author: MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Let the lawsuits begin.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court.

That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced its intention to sue less than an hour after the White House released the text of Trump’s declaration that the “current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency.”

Nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen filed suit later, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to “bar Trump and the U.S. Department of Defense from using the declaration and funds appropriated for other purposes to build a border wall.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several Democratic state attorneys general already have said they might go to court.

The coming legal fight seems likely to hinge on two main issues: Can the president declare a national emergency to build a border wall in the face of Congress’ refusal to give him all the money he wanted and, under the federal law Trump invoked in his declaration, can the Defense Department take money from some congressionally approved military construction projects to pay for wall construction?

The Pentagon has so far not said which projects might be affected.

But after weeks of publicly ruminating whether to act, Trump’s signature on the declaration set in motion a quick march to the courthouse.

Trump relied on the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which Congress adopted as a way to put some limits on presidential use of national emergencies. The act requires a president to notify Congress publicly of the national emergency and to report every six months. The law also says the president must renew the emergency every year, simply by notifying Congress. The House and Senate also can revoke a declaration by majority vote, though it would take a two-thirds vote by each house to override an expected presidential veto.

Beyond that, though, the law doesn’t say what constitutes a national emergency or impose any other limits on the president.

The broad grant of discretion to the president could make it hard to persuade courts to rule that Trump exceeded his authority in declaring a border emergency. “He’s the one who gets to make the call. We can’t second-guess it,” said John Eastman, a professor of constitutional law at the Chapman University School of Law.

Courts often are reluctant to look beyond the justifications the president included in his proclamation, Ohio State University law professor Peter Shane said on a call organized by the liberal American Constitution Society.

But other legal experts said the facts are powerfully arrayed against the president. They include government statistics showing a decades-long decline in illegal border crossings as well as Trump’s rejection of a deal last year that would have provided more than the nearly $1.4 billion he got for border security in the budget agreement he signed Thursday. Opponents of the declaration also are certain to use Trump’s own words at his Rose Garden news conference Friday to argue that there is no emergency on the border.

“I could do the wall over a longer period of time,” Trump said. “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Girls basketball: Bethel 54, Prairie 37
Author: The Columbian

Prairie went ice cold in the second half, allow Bethel to pull away in a semifinal game at the 4A bi-district tournament.

“The ball just didn’t go in the net,” Prairie coach Hala Corral said. “We literally had shots go in and out all night. I think we were like 13 of 59 shooting, and that happens. We got the possessions we wanted, we got the shots we wanted. They just didn’t go in.”

Mallory Williams led the Falcons with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Prairie, already assured of a berth at state, will face Gig Harbor in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.

“What I told the kids was that I’d rather get this game out of the way tonight,” Corral said. “I’d rather we have a game like this tonight instead of week from tonight. It’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about it. Just flush it and get ready for the next one.”

BETHEL 54, PRAIRIE 37

PRAIRIE — Meri Dunford 2, Alli Corral 0, Kendyl Carson 5, Brooke Walling 7, Mallory Williams 12, Cassidy Gardner 3, Claire Heitschmidt, Haley Reed 0. Totals 13 (6) 5-7 37.

BETHEL — Sky Lett 5, Esmeralda Morales 26, Kyli Pasamante 6, Aryonna Porreca 0, Nakima Miller 0, Amanda Wilkins 1, Tiarra Brown 16. Totals 7 (9) 13-23 54.

Prairie 10 15 5 7–37

Bethel 10 11 20 13–54

Boys basketball: Hockinson 60, Ridgefield 49
Author: The Columbian

The Hawks clamped down on defense in the third quarter and kept their season alive by advancing to the 2A district third-place game on Saturday against Mark Morris.

The winner on Saturday advances to state.

Ridgefield (12-11) held Hockinson scoring machine Peyton Brammer to one point in the first half. Micah Paulsen, who scored 17 points, was able to connect on 3-pointers to keep the Hawks within reach, down just 27-24 at halftime.

“In the third quarter, we locked down on defense, and with that, our offense improved,” Hockinson coach Jon Warner said. “We got more aggressive going to the rim.”

Hockinson (11-12) outscored Ridgefield 18-8 in the third to pull away and end the Spudders’ season.

Josh Mansur led Ridgefield with 18 points, and Stefan Vossenkuhl had 12.

HOCKINSON 60, RIDGEFIELD 49

HOCKINSON (11-12) — Micah Paulsen 17, Dakota Souders 7, Peyton Brammer 20, Ki Haden 6, Sawyer Racanelli 5, Levi Crum 1, Caleb Newman 0, Jeremiah Faulstick 4, Jake Hull 0, Grant Garver 0. Totals 18 (5) 19-29 60.

RIDGEFIELD (12-11) — Carson Knight 2, Nick Jenkins 2, Isaac Aguirre 0, Josh Mansur 18, Stefan Vossenkuhl 12, Matt Gama 6, James Corey 5, Curren Whitsitt 5. Totals 17 (5) 11-22 49.

Hockinson 7 17 18 18–60

Ridgefield 12 15 8 14–49

Eason shines as Federal Way boys rout top-ranked Union
Author: LAUREN SMITH, Tacoma News Tribune

TACOMA — The Union boys basketball team was undefeated entering Friday night’s Class 4A bi-district semifinals showdown in Tacoma.

Federal Way hadn’t lost a game in-state this season — dropping its only two losses to nationally-ranked opponents on the road.

In the meeting of two of Washington’s 4A powers, it was the Eagles that kept their undefeated streak alive, limiting the Titans in the second half on their way to an 82-62 win at Stadium High School.

Federal Way (22-2) survived a scare against Puyallup in the bidistrict quarterfinals Wednesday night, and coach Yattah Reed noted concern about turning around to meet the Titans, who have built a reputation as one of the state’s hottest shooting teams.

“They’re a great shooting team,” Reed said. “And they’re not just known for shooting. They play well together. They make that extra pass that sometimes doesn’t get recognized unless you really know the game, and that’s what I was concerned for.”

The Titans (22-1) nailed a trio of 3-pointers in the opening period — including a pair by leading scorer Ethan Smith, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter — to build an early lead.

“We knew obviously Federal Way is a talented team with a lot of moving parts,” Union assistant Todd Spike said. Spike was filling in for Titans coach Blake Conley, who is on paternity leave.

“The big thing we talked about with only one day to prepare is, with their athleticism, you really want to try to limit live ball turnovers, try to limit the transition baskets.”

Federal Way five-star forward Jaden McDaniels was also called for three of his four fouls in the first quarter, picking up his third with two minutes, 18 seconds to go in the period, and sat the remainder of the half.

Eagles junior standout Tari Eason, who scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, was also charged with two fouls in the first half. He and McDaniels both finished the game with four.

“It was something we have experienced and battled through,” Reed said. “I’m just proud of our guys who came in and played their part. Everybody played their role.”

Despite the early foul trouble, Federal Way closed in on the lead midway through the second quarter. A quick surge gave the Eagles a 45-35 lead at the break they never lost.

“They can score in a hurry, so we tried to limit their runs,” Spike said. “Most of the first half, we did a pretty good job, but then they went on one of their big runs that they’re known for, and we had a hard time bouncing back from that.”

The Eagles limited Union to 27 points in the second half to pull away. Spike said he has confidence the Titans will use their first loss as motivation moving forward.

As the top-ranked team in the WIAA’s RPI rankings, Union’s position is unlikely to fluctuate with one bi-district game remaining, meaning the Titans have already secured a trip to the Tacoma Dome — as has Federal Way, which is ranked third.

The top eight seeds are guaranteed a berth to the Hardwood Classic, regardless of whether they win or lose in next week’s regional round of state.

“This game is kind of unique,” Spike said of Friday’s semifinal. “There’s no loser out. We’re kind of playing with house money a little bit.

“Let’s get used to their style of play. Sometimes you have to play Federal Way once to feel that wrath of their athleticism. Our guys are going to respond and we have a good opportunity in front of us to use this for motivation.”

Brad Lackey finished with a team-high 21 points for Union, while Tanner Toolson added 11.

Jishai Miller had 17 for Federal Way — including a jumper at the end of the first half that gave the Eagles a double-digit margin — while McDaniels added 15, despite the foul trouble. Jalen Womack had 11 for the Eagles.

Eason said facing this test against Union, which was the only remaining team in 4A without a loss entering Friday, was good preparation for the Tacoma Dome.

“They’re a great shooting team, but they’re beatable, you know, like anybody,” he said. “When we play Federal Way basketball, our style of play, any team is beatable.”

FEDERAL WAY 82, UNION 62

UNION — Brad Lackey 21, Houston Combs 1, Izaiah Vongnath 2, Ariya Briscoe 2, Josh Reznick 2, Tanner Toolson 11, Alishawuan Taylor 2, Ethan Smith 16, Connor Flannigan 1, Mason Hill 2, Curtis Youngren 2.

FEDERAL WAY — Jaylen-Wes Williams 5, Jishai Miller 17, Jaden McDaniels 15, Jalen Womack 11, Bradley Graham 5, Michael Jatta 4, Tari Eason 25, Drelyn Decuire 2.

Union 19 16 13 14–62

Federal Way 16 29 20 19–82

Official: Trump lawyers gave false info on hush money
Author: MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal ethics officials believe President Donald Trump’s lawyers provided false information about the $130,000 payment to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels after she alleged she had sex with Trump, the chairman of the House oversight committee said Friday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said internal documents from the Office of Government Ethics described that Trump’s personal lawyer, Sheri Dillon, and former White House attorney Stefan Passantino provided false information about the payment.

In a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings requested the White House turn over documents as part of the committee’s investigation into whether Trump failed to properly report the payments as campaign expenditures. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations connected to the payments. He said Trump personally directed him to make them.

The Trump Organization paid Cohen $420,000 in monthly installments of $35,000 throughout 2017, after Cohen sought reimbursement for the hush-money payment to Daniels and other expenses, according to court documents. Prosecutors alleged he used “sham” invoices to try to conceal the true nature of the payments.

Cohen previously said the Trump Organization didn’t reimburse him for the payments, while Trump has said Cohen was reimbursed through a retainer agreement in order to stop “false and extortionist accusations.”

In internal notes obtained by the committee, one ethics official described the changing explanations from Trump’s legal team as “evolving stories,” the chairman said.

At first, Dillon told the ethics officials that Trump didn’t owe Cohen any money and said that she confirmed with Trump that Cohen wasn’t owed any money in 2016 or 2017. The letter says that in one of the notes, the officials summarized the position of Trump’s lawyers: “Michael Cohen did not loan Pres Trump $.”

After Trump tweeted in May 2018 that the hush-money agreement was paid using a monthly retainer agreement, the ethics officials went back to Dillon and were told that all the payments were “in connection with legal services,” and compared them to “routine vendor payments,” according to the letter.

River impressive in first 2A district title win
Author: Meg Wochnick

LACEY — Black Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Gallagher knows a state title-caliber team when he sees one.

He coached Valley Catholic High School to the 2007 Oregon 3A boys basketball state championship, and no doubt after Friday’s 75-40 victory by Columbia River in the 2A boys Southwest District title game, he believes the Chieftains are for real.

“They’ve got all the tools,” Gallagher said. “… I’d be shocked if they’re not playing on the last night in Yakima.”

And so many of those tools were on display at Saint Martin’s University on Friday night, leading by as many as 39 points in the second half. The win is the largest margin of victory by a district title-winning team dating back to the first year of the tournament under the WIAA’s six-classification format in 2007.

It’s also the Chieftains’ first district title in Class 2A. The program never won a bi-district title in 4A or 3A under longtime coach David Long when it was part of the West Central/Southwest bi-district in Class 4A or 3A.

The Chieftains, champions of the 2A Greater St. Helens League, have put up impressive wins all season, but perhaps nothing like Friday against the 2A Evergreen Conference champions. So many of River’s players were part of last season’s 50-49 district title loss to Mark Morris.

They didn’t want a repeat feat going into regionals.

“We’ll never forget that,” said Caden Dezort, who had eight points. “And we wanted to make a statement by going into state with a win.”

Friday, the Chieftains led from start to finish, hit eight of their 11 3-pointers in the first half and had a 32-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Senior Evan Dirksen had 32 points, one better than his previous career-high of 31. Twenty-seven of those points came over the second and third quarters, including River’s first seven points of the third quarter when River led 55-20.

Dirksen is now averaging better than 24 points per game over his past nine games, and what made Friday’s result seem so elementary started with River’s defense leading to transition points on the other end.

“We got a lot of stops,” the senior said, “and that resulted on offense. We got a lot of good looks and knocked shots down.”

Black Hills hadn’t played for a district title since its only other appearance in 2011. Gallagher said he hoped to take away one of River’s strengths: perimeter shooting. He called River th best team the Wolves have faced all season.

“They came out,” the coach said, “and proved us wrong.”

Nate Snook added 17 for the Chieftains, and Alex Miller joined Dezort with eight points. Alex Kukula hit two 3s off the bench in the second half for his six points.

Super-sized Mat Classic largely goes as planned
Author: Micah Rice

TACOMA — At 8:30 a.m. Friday, the largest ever Mat Classic state wrestling championships got underway.

More than 13 hours later, the Tacoma Dome finally fell silent.

In between, 2,493 wrestlers clashed on 24 mats in a gala of grappling.

The first day of a super-sized Mat Classic meant twice the action, twice the crowds and a small dose of delay and chaos.

Each weight class was doubled to 32 wrestlers after last weekend’s regional tournaments were cancelled due to wintery weather across the state.

Though WIAA organizers tried to tamp down expectations that a 32-person bracket would become standard, coaches saw Friday as proof it could succeed. And while the 2 p.m. session (4A, 1A and girls) started 51 minutes late, some believe the benefits outweighed the hassle.

“I think it’s great for the kids,” Heritage coach Erik Gonzalez said. “You’re seeing so many more kids have an opportunity just to be here and soak this all in. Ultimately, it’s something we should have done a long time ago.”

After placing third at the district meet, Mountain View sophomore Diego Quintero figured he’d have to earn his first ticket to Mat Classic at the regional meet.

But when that competition was cancelled one week ago due to inclement weather, Quintero and dozens others were awarded state berths in the expanded state meet.

In his first 138-pound match Friday, Quintero showed he belonged at the Tacoma Dome. He overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat Kody Carpenter of Shorewood 5-4.

“My mom the other night told me ‘you deserve a spot at the table, you’ve worked for it,’” Quintero said. “It felt good getting that spot at the table.”

While the larger Mat Classic field gave more athletes a state-meet experience, it meant an extra match for state-title contenders.

Prairie senior Nicholas Langer, the No. 2 ranked 182-pounder in 3A, wasn’t taking any chances.

“Some of these guys have nothing to lose,” he said. “They’re going out swinging.”

Langer was among a handful of wrestlers to receive a first-round bye, meaning his 5-3 win over Mount Spokane’s Grayson Bowles was his only match on Friday.

Saturday, Langer and other title hopefuls are preparing potentially to wrestle in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals on Saturday. In previous years, quarterfinals were contested on Friday.

“It’s going to be aggressive and focused,” Langer said. “Every second is going to matter. Every point is going to matter.”

There were no major upsets among Clark County wrestlers on Friday.

In 3A, Prairie advanced six to the quarterfinals, the most of any Clark County school. Joining Langer are Noah Larsen (113 pounds), Jason Wilcox (132), Brayden Sofianos (145), Benjamin Matson (160) and Easton Lane (170).

Mountain View has five quarterfinalists – Hunter Brown (106 pounds), Andrew Fritz (120), Noah Messman (120), Robert Shepard (152) and Va Ili (195).

Camas also has five quarterfinalists. Tanner Craig (138 pounds) is looking for his second state title. Gideon Malychewski is ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds while Jack Latimer is the No. 2-ranked 132-pounder. Dustin Hubbard (182) and Colby Stoller (195) are targeting high finishes.

Union matches their 4A GSHL rival Camas with five quarterfinalists and a few title contenders. Danny Snekider (160 pounds) is hunting his second state title. Noah Talavera (145) and Six Buck (152) are each ranked in the top 10. Ryan Esperto (106) and Andres Nicacio (132) are each hunting their first state trophy.

The Union girls put themselves in position to make a run at a team state championship Saturday. The Titans have four wrestlers in the quarterfinals, all ranked No. 4 of higher in the state rankings, and are just one-half point behind Sunnyside for first.

“We’re really hyped up right now,” said Riley Aamold, the state’s top-ranked 125-pounder. “We’re all trying to get those pin points so we can be first by the end of the day and take that into tomorrow.”

Aamold said the larger tournament didn’t have much effect on the preparation of her and her teammates.

“We’ve being doing a lot of conditioning since early in the season,” she said. “We’ve just got to help each other get mentally ready and focus.”

Washougal girls beat W.F. West for their first district championship
Author: Columbian staff writer

LACEY — It seemed fitting to see that by winning the program’s first district title Friday, the trio of seniors who’ve paved the way in the success of the Washougal girls basketball team were the first to hoist the championship trophy.

Fitting, too, since the three seniors — Beyonce Bea, Kiara Cross and Ashley Gibbons — each played pivotal parts in different ways in the Panthers’ 54-48 victory over W.F. West of Chehalis at Saint Martin’s University.

“This is so unreal; I never thought this day would come so fast and so hard as it did,” Cross said.

” … We dug deep and got it done. We knew we could do it.”

Added Gibbons: “This is what we’ve worked for and it’s awesome to be able to say we’re district champs.”

Bea had a game-high 21 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, five blocks and five assists.

Sophomore Skylar Bea poured in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, as interior play, second-chance opportunities, and clutch outside shooting proved to be key for the Panthers late that gave them the lead for good inside 5 minutes to play.

As winners of four league titles in a row, no Washougal team before Friday ever won a district title. But if history is any indication, the District 4 champion tends to fare very well at the Class 2A state tournament in Yakima.

Since 2012, two schools (Mark Morris, W.F. West) over three different years went on to win the state championship after winning the district title

Washougal hopes this is its year, too.

“We haven’t been a super successful program before now,” Beyonce Bea said. “This group of girls is ready to make a name for Washougal. We’re not here to make state and go home on the first day again. We’re going to go far because we’re worked for it. I think we can do it.”

As a top-8 RPI ranking, the Panthers virtually are guaranteed a spot in the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind for the Panthers.

Beyonce Bea’s shot inside 10 seconds left helped lift Washougal to a 50-49 district semifinal win Thursday over 2A Evergreen Conference co-champion Tumwater, and turned around Friday to face a team it defeated 77-48 in the first week of the season.

But the defending state champion Bearcats are experienced and have been in this spot before, playing in their seventh district title game over the past eight years. W.F. West led for much of the first half, including 23-21 by halftime.

In a back-and-forth game throughout, neither team had more than a two-possession lead until Gibson’s second field goal of the game made it 37-31 Washougal a minute into the fourth quarter.

By that time, Beyonce Bea and Skylar Bea combined for 11 of the team’s 14 third-quarter points.

Offensive rebounds by Washougal proved key, too, as did clutch shots late by McKinley Stotts, Savea Mansfield and Cross.

The trio were responsible for all three 3-pointers by the Panthers, including Cross’ only points of the game that made it a 49-44 Washougal lead with 1:51 to play.

Now, the Panthers hope that momentum of Friday carries over past regionals and into Yakima after hoisting a district title trophy.

“We came in fighting these last two games probably two hardest of the season,” Beyonce Bea said. “It showed that we’ve been working hard and we were prepared. I’m super proud we were able to finish strong.”

WASHOUGAL 54, W.F. WEST 48

WASHOUGAL (19-4) — Maggie Vadala 8, Drea Brumfield 9, Courtney Bennett 11, Annika Waring 13, Madi Haakenson 11. Totals 21 (5) 4-7 48.

W.F. WEST (17-6) — Kiara Cross 3, Jaiden Bea 2, Savea Mansfield 6, Beyonce Bea 21, McKinley Stotts 3, Ashley Gibbons 4, Skylar Bea 14. Totals 22 (4) 10-16 54.

Washougal 11 10 14 19–54

W.F. West 15 8 8 17–48

Battle Ground boys beat Puyallup to clinch state berth
Author: The Columbian

Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Battle Ground boys basketball team clinched its first trip to the Class 4A state tournament since 2014 with a 47-45 win over Puyallup in the 4A bi-district tournament on Friday.

Battle Ground will face Kentridge at noon Saturday at Stadium High School for fifth-place.

Trailing 39-37 heading into the fourth quarter, basketball by Kaden Perry and Vincent McCormic put the Tigers up 42-39.

Battle Ground held onto a narrow lead the rest of the way. Perry’s basket and free throw put the Tigers up 47-43 in the final two minutes.

Puyallup cut the margin to two points with less than a minute to play before the Tigers ran out the clock.

Perry and McCormic led Battle Ground with 11 points each. Keandre Hunter-Holliday added 10 points and Nate Millspaugh had nine on three 3-pointers.

Friday’s win was the Tigers’ third in three days.

BATTLE GROUND 47, PUYALLUP 45

PUYALLUP — Cobi Campbell 2, Jacob Holcomb 5, Luke Holcomb 4, Zane Foster 1, Kendall Munson 19, Jaeden Ingram 8, Dylan Rhoades 4. Totals 17 (2) 9-15 45.

BATTLE GROUND — KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 10, Vincent McCormic 11, Colin Barton 2, Nathan Millspaugh 9, Brendan Beall 4, Kaden Perry 11. Totals 19 (4) 5-9 47.

Puyallup 12 15 12 6–45

Bat.Ground 14 12 10 10–47

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