The AHS boys basketball team will play Kingston at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the Class 2A State Tournament. The action shifts this week to the eight-team finals at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Kingston (22-5) is back at the state tournament after defeating Cedarcrest 74-73 in its regional game Friday night. The Buccaneers feature a grind-it-out style and like to keep games in the 50s or 60s.
Kingston forward Sam Byers, a burly forward planning to play tight end at Air Force, will be a key matchup for the Seahawks. He was 9 of 13 from the field against Cedarcrest, and his final free throw with 5.9 seconds left, the last of a game-high 26 points, was the difference in the back-and-forth contest.
Anacortes (18-7) moved on to Yakima with a 63-54 win over River Ridge Friday night in their tournament opener.
After trailing by four points at the end of the third quarter, Anacortes blitzed River Ridge 22-9 in the fourth quarter to grab the win. Billy King led the Seahawks with 19 points. A.J. Yost added 18.
If the Seahawks get past Kingston, they'll face the Lynden-Pullman winner in the semifinals.
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