STATE BASKETBALL: Enumclaw boys fall to Union in championship battle

The Enumclaw High boys took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter Saturday night and stood poised to capture the first state hoop championship in school history, but Union High had other plans.

Union, a third-year school from the Vancouver area, rallied to outscore the Hornets 17-7 during the final eight minutes and claim a 51-50 victory in the Class 3A state finale at the Tacoma Dome.

The senior-laden EHS crew held a slim 23-22 lead at halftime and extended the margin to 43-34 with a strong third period.

The championship contest literally came down to the final seconds, which saw EHS clinging to a 50-49 lead. The tide turned with 8.4 seconds remaining to be played, when Union senior Chris Morgan stepped to the line and first buried the game-tying free throw and cooly nailed the game-winner.

Enumclaw had one final shot but couldn't convert.

Four of Enumclaw's seniors reached double figures in their Hornet finale. Taylor Myers and Riley Carel scored 11 points each, while Jayson Lewis and Tarren VanTrojan contributed 10 apiece. Myers hauled down a team-high eight rebounds.

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