PORTLAND — The Knappa Loggers and Columbia Christian Knights will meet again Feb. 6 in Knappa. After that, the two powers of Northwest League boys basketball could — and likely will — meet in the post-season. Maybe more than once.
For now, Columbia Christian has the bragging rights, as the Knights scored a 66-46 win Thursday over the visiting Loggers, in the first of two regular season meetings.
Three days after racking up 94 points in a win at City Christian, the Loggers were held to half that against a big Columbia Christian team, now ranked No. 1 in the state at the Class 2A level.
The Knights improve to 14-0 overall, 7-0 in league play; Knappa falls to fourth in the state rankings at 10-3 overall, 5-1 in league.
“The game was much closer than the score indicated,” said Knappa coach Chris Spencer. “We had a hard time finishing in the first half, then they ended up getting most of their points at the free throw line and 3-pointers. They shot at a very high percentage. We rebounded well, didn’t give up a lot of offensive rebounds, and just battled and battled. We’ll be ready for them at our place.”
The Knights finished 19-of-23 on free throws to Knappa’s 8-of-11, while Columbia Christian was 9-for-14 from the 3-point line.
Freshman Elijah Munyan led the Knights with 21 points, followed by Dominic Blake and 6-foot-6 freshman Ben Gregg with 17 apiece.
Eli Takalo had 14 points and Colton Weirup added 13 for the Loggers, while Dale Takalo was held to six points.