ELLENSBURG — Top-ranked Sunnyside Christian stifled Naselle’s high-octane offense in a 57-39 regionals victory Saturday, Feb. 23. By losing regionals, eighth-seeded Naselle lost out on a first-round bye at state.

Antonio Nolan went down with a non-contact injury after the Comets’ first possession of the game.

Naselle coach Brian Macy indicated that Nolan’s status for State was uncertain, but that the All-League guard’s injury was feared to be an ankle sprain.

Ross Faber, an extremely athletic six-foot-three center, anchored a dominant defense for Sunnyside. He dunked in the early minutes, and the Knights jumped out to a 16-5 lead. Sunnyside kept the lead in double-digits most of the first half and led 29-16 at halftime. They pulled away with a 7-0 run early in the third quarter.

Naselle (17-6) will take on Garfield-Palouse (17-8) in the opening round at state Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Spokane.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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