KITTITAS — Head coach of Kittitas High School boys basketball, Tim Ravet, was surprised when opposing Columbia Burbank decided to summon a box and one defense on them.

It’s a hybrid between man-to-man and zone defense, in which Columbia choose to put a defender on Gonzaga signee Brock Ravet. Although they forgot that Brock isn’t the only one to put points on the board — Kittitas has many others to do that.

Brock Ravet had 24 points, Caleb Harris notched 19 and Bailey Gibson added 18 and propelled past Columbia, 82-56.

“If you’re going to do box and one and get four people in double figures, that’s pretty hard,” Tim said. “They’re hoping that they’re going to hold the best player down … most people wouldn’t think to box and one us because we have a lot of scorers.”

Kittitas (14-1) commenced the matchup down 8-0. The last time the deficit was that great to begin the game, they were defeated by St. George's High School. Senior Gilbert Hernandez of Columbia (9-6) contributed to six of those points, all from beyond the arc.

But the Coyotes ensued to drain three straight 3-pointers — all wide open. Gibson hit a couple and in between his was Harris’ shot from the corner.

“Yeah, we for sure came out slow tonight,” Gibson said. “At first it surprised us with the box and one, but then we figured it out.”

Harris’ 3-ball put Kittitas within one and the next possession for Columbia, Kittitas forced a turnover and Brock was fouled at the line, hitting 1-of-2 to tie the game, 10-10.

Both were square at 16 a piece until Brock found Harris for some points and the ‘Yotes never looked back.

“Obviously it’s kind of hard to focus on one guy all the time, because then you’ll have Caleb (Harris), Martin (Arreola), Justin (Hudson) just getting hot, cutting, we’ll always have guys open because of Brock and all the focus that he gets,” Gibson said.

The Coyotes pushed their lead to 14 mid-way through the second quarter until Hernandez buried a 3-pointer to cut the Kittitas’ lead to 11. Again, Kittitas led 14, but Hernandez cut the deficit back to 11, hitting another from beyond the arc.

Hernandez led Columbia with 29 points — hitting a sterling nine 3-pointers.

Coming into the matchup, Columbia was second behind Kittitas in the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference. Lately, Kittitas had had some large wins over its opponents and while it was a 26-point triumph Tuesday, it was some good competition to help them prepare for 4A Kentlake High School, who they play Monday in Kent.

“It definitely helps, especially because Monday we play Kentlake and their 4A, they’re pretty good,” Gibson said. “That’s definitely prepare us better for that game than most the games we have been playing.”

Brock added another triple-double on the night. Along with his 24 points, he added 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Up next for Kittitas will be a home game versus Seattle Christian High School. Start time will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jimmy Johnson gymnasium. There is a wrestling tournament the same day, so the game was moved to the middle school gym.


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