YAKIMA — The King’s boys basketball team cut an 18-point deficit to as low as five in the fourth quarter against undefeated and second-seeded Freeman in a 1A state quarterfinal Thursday at the SunDome, but couldn’t get any closer in a 58-51 loss.
The Knights (17-12), seeded 16th and winners of their previous seven postseason contests, falls into the loser’s bracket with the defeat but can still finish as high as fourth in the tournament. They will play Mount Baker in an elimination game Friday at 10:30 a.m.
The Knights and the Mountaineers have played three times already this postseason, with King’s winning the two most recent encounters.
Levi Bundrant led King’s with 12 points in the game, and the Knights stayed competitive with the 23-0 Scotties by making 14 of its 17 free throw attempts, helping to offset its 39 percent shooting from the field.
Dylan Oja scored 16 to lead Freeman, which will play No. 3 Zillah in a semifinal Friday at 5:30.