VANCOUVER – Castle Rock led most of the night against King’s Way Christian, but the Knights found themselves in the lead when the final bell rang and beat the Rockets 43-42 in the 1A TriCo game on Tuesday.
“We played as well as you can ask for,” Castle Rock coach Hayden Tilton said. “We were in the lead the whole game and we were in the lead for the fourth. Our kids played hard, but they made one last hit on the buzzer more than us and it hurts. “
Castle Rock kept a slim lead for most of the first two quarters, but found some breathing room by outscoring the Knights 12-6 to take a 36-26 lead in the fourth. But the Rockets got cold on the court at the worst possible time, connecting on just three shots in the fourth as King’s Way stormed back and took the lead late.
Free throws burned Castle Rock throughout the stretch. In the last three minutes, the Rockets have moved up to 1 in 6 on the charity strip, leaving the door cracked for the Knights to return.
Despite the loss, Tilton said the Rockets are determined to turn it around when they see the Knights at home next week.
“It’s a group that gets better every day and I’m so proud of them,” he said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to work with this group of children. We’ll see Kings Way again in a week and we’ll be ready.
Trystin Marin and Lane Partridge led the Rockets’ offense with 14 points each. Adam Partridge was also in double digits with 10.
Castle Rock (6-3) was due to turn around to face Seton Catholic at home on Wednesday.
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