Tulalip Heritage’s Ponciano Guzman watches from afar as Columbia Adventist Academy seals a victory with two free throws at the end of a playoff matchup at Arlington High School on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Tulalip Heritage’s Ponciano Guzman watches from afar as Columbia Adventist Academy seals a victory with two free throws at the end of a playoff matchup at Arlington High School on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Tulalip Heritage boys bounced by Columbia Adventist

The Hawks’ late push falls short in a 70-63 loss during the Class 1B state regionals.

ARLINGTON — The Tulalip Heritage High School boys basketball team saw its season come to an end in the Class 1B state regional round, as the ninth-seeded Hawks fell 70-63 to the 16th-seeded Columbia Adventist Kodiaks on Saturday night at Arlington High School.

The Hawks struggled against the Kodiaks’ physical ruggedness, as the muscular Tristan White exploited Tulalip Heritage inside to the tune of 27 points and 15 rebounds. White scored 11 in the third quarter as Columbia Adventist stretched a one-point halftime lead to as many as 10 early in the fourth.

Tulalip Heritage used a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth to get back into it, as Ponciano Guzman’s 3 with less than two minutes remaining cut the deficit to 67-63. The Hawks had multiple chances to make it a one-possession game, but were unable to convert as the Kodiaks iced it with late free throws.

Logan Pierce added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while Collin Delaney chipped in with 12 points and nine boards for Columbia Adventist (17-8), which advanced to face eighth-seeded Naselle in the round of 12 at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Spokane.

Hazen Shopbell was all over the ball for Tulalip Heritage, finishing with 12 points, 10 boards and seven steals. The Hawks also received good production from their freshmen, as Jaylan Gray had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Amare’ Hatch came off the bench to score 17, including five 3s. Guzman finished with 12 points.

Tulalip Heritage finished its season 17-9.

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