PENDLETON — A 19th straight victory was not in the cards for the Knappa Loggers Friday night, as Central Linn rallied from a halftime deficit to score a 71-61 win over the Loggers in a Class 2A semifinal boys basketball game at the Pendleton Convention Center.

It was Knappa’s first loss since a 77-63 setback to Ilwaco Jan. 8.

Logger junior Dalton Kelly scored 18 of his team-high 25 points in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to off-set the 36 points scored by Central Linn’s Zach Holloway.

The junior guard for the Cobras connected on nine 3-pointers, including two killer treys in the fourth quarter. He also made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 32 seconds to ice the game.

Knappa held a 35-32 halftime lead, but Central Linn staged a big third quarter rally.

Behind 46-45, a 3-pointer by Holloway sparked an 8-0 run by the Cobras, who would not trail again.

Knappa reeled off a 7-0 run early in the fourth to pull within 57-55, but Central Linn used a 2-for-1 3-point rally to maintain the lead, as Holloway knocked down two 3-pointers, with a trey by Knappa’s Brian Lampa in between.

The Loggers could manage only three points in the final 2:54, as Kelly fouled out and Knappa went cold from the field.

Knappa (26-3) will return to the Convention Center Saturday afternoon, when the Loggers will face Enterprise (22-4) in the third/fifth place game (3:15 p.m.).

Central Linn will play Western Mennonite for the state championship Saturday night. Western Mennonite defeated Enterprise 72-47 in Friday’s other semifinal.


Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.