Kittitas boys basketball defeats brewster for district title sports gas block install


“They’re a really good team,” Brock Ravet said of Brewster. “We knew it would be like that in the first quarter. We’re so deep that we knew we could run with them. Our energy continued in the second quarter and you could feel it from them, we were still getting out in the fast breaks and scoring.”

Up 25-22 to end the first quarter, Kittitas opened the second stanza with a 10-2 run, propelled by more 3-pointers, offensive rebounds and play in the paint as Brock Ravet, Connor Brown and Martin Arreola all added to the scoreboard forcing the Bears to burn a timeout. The Bears could only watch as Ravet, Mason Landdeck and Bailey Gibson combined to score another six points on three of the next four possessions.

Brock Ravet went into the locker room with 25 points and his counterpart for Brewster, Joe Taylor, had 14 at the break. But Brewster’s other playmaker, Corey Jarret suffered his second foul midway through the first quarter which forced him to sit and play tentatively.

“They’ve got some players,” Tim Ravet said. “Joe can have a game and that one kid, No. 24, we got him into foul trouble and that kind of slowed him down. Sometimes when somebody’s hot you cool off the other shooters and that’s what I was kind of hoping for. But we’ve got a lot of firepower,” he continued as he listed nearly his entire varsity lineup to prove it. “It comes from different direction of who’s feeling it that night, that quarter or that possession.”

It was much of the same coming out of the break as Brock Ravet opened the scoring with a 3, followed by an Arreola bucket from an inbounds pass. Landdeck then had two buckets and Ravet again hit from long range to quickly push the lead to 28, 61-33 with less than three minutes off the third quarter clock.

“Brock Ravet is the Russell Westbrook of high school,” Taylor said. “When you get on him he just steps back maybe another five feet, six feet and shoots it. He just deserves everything he’s getting thrown at him. I know how hard the kids works.”

“At the same time, we have depth, so if we’re not fouling, maybe we’re not playing quite as aggressively — making them bounce off the dribble, bounce into a shot — maybe not quite enough hands, maybe we didn’t get a touch or at least making them feel uncomfortable trying to make a shot.”

It’s something they get a chance to improve upon at Friday’s regional matchup — against the Bears no less. This weekend’s regional seeding is based on the WIAA’s RPI rankings, which has Kittitas at No. 1 and Brewster at No. 8. Kittitas gets basically a home game — hosted by Ellensburg High School — for an 8 p.m. Friday showdown.

“Not really no. That’s never been my strength,” he said without hesitation. “Yeah, maybe the day before we go into three games at the arena you want to be fresh, but at the same time you want to be sharp and so hopefully you’re conditioned for that to be able to play like that. We practice for two hours and the games are 32 minutes. If you practice like that, the games will actually be easier.”