King’s boys win Class 1A Hardwood Classic title

The Knights outlasted Lynden Christian in overtime for their third championship in six seasons.

YAKIMA — King’s sophomore Jordan Hansen hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime and the Knights pulled away in the extra period to for a 70-67 overtime victory over Lynden Christian in the Class 1A Hardwood Classic championship game at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The win gives No. 14 seed King’s (19-10) its first state championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016. The Knights won their 2015 title with a 45-40 win over Lyden Christian.

Jaden DeBoer sank a pair of free-throw attempts with 13.9 seconds left to put Lynden Christian up 59-56 but Hansen answered with a game-tying triple.

Sean McGaughey-Fick put King’s up 64-60 with a triple and Hansen pushed the lead to 68-63 with a pair of made free throws.

DeBoer bookended a missed King’s free-throw attempt with four straight makes from the foul line to cut the deficit to 68-67 with 5.8 seconds to go, but Hansen hit two more free throws to seal the win.

Knights sophomore Tyler Linhardt recorded a double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 forward added six assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. McGaughey-Fick chipped in 19 points and Hansen added 16.

DeBoer finished with a game-high 28 points and Logan Dykstra tacked on 14 points and eight rebounds for sixth-seeded Lynden Christian (22-6).

It was the second time King’s had beaten the Lyncs in just under a month.

The squads met in the 1A Northwest District Tournament title game on Feb. 14, a 69-57 King’s victory.

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