SPOKANE, Wash. - If there ever were a case to be made for a shot clock in Washington stat boys basketball, Quilcene just might have the best argument. Leading narrowly for much of the game - they watched their season go up in smoke, as the point guard for Pe Ell just stood there. For more than a minute.
With 1:24 remaining, and the game tied at 44, Pe Ell held the ball at mid-court, planning to go for the last shot. Daniel Duncan took a pass on the left wing, hit a 3-pointer with 4.8 second remaining and sealed the win 47-44.
Not being the talkative type, all the junior guard could muster after hitting one of the most memorable shots of his high school career was, "feels pretty good, I guess." I guess that's why his teammates trusted him to take the shot that would send them into the second round of the playoffs.
Actually, he said a little more than that.
"It feels pretty awesome, because it's the first time I've ever been here," he said, meaning the first time at the 2B State Tournament.
He didn't want to talk about the shot clock issue. And his coaches just smiled as they walked into the locker room after the game.
Pe Ell plays Thursday at 5:30 against a White Swan team that beat Oroville in double overtime Wednesday.