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Giovanny Evanson’s 34 points propel King’s Way Christian Boys into 1A State Tournament

Giovanny Evanson sees himself more as a playmaker, a shot-maker.

On Friday night, the King’s Way Christian junior was asked to be more of a shooter, and that strategy propelled the Knights into the regional round of the 1A state tournament.

Evanson scored a season-high 34 points, propelling the Knights to a 53-43 win over Seton Catholic in a win-state/district-lose game at Fort Vancouver.

“My coach and I spoke before the game, and he told me to be a lot more aggressive and to get more shot,” Evanson said. “That’s what I tried to do tonight, instead of (succeeding). I’ve obviously always tried to look for my teammates, but I’m also looking for my own shot.

It was evident early on, especially after Seton took a 7-0 lead and then Evanson scored the first nine points for the Knights to put them up 9-7.

“He’s kind of wired to release guys and distribute them, so it’s almost outside of his personality to take more hits,” King’s Way coach Daven Harmeling said. “But we have to convince him that we are a better team when he does that.”

Evanson scored 10 more points in the second quarter as the Knights took a 29-19 halftime lead.

He scored nine of King’s Way’s 12 points in the third quarter as the Knights extended their lead to 41-23.

Seton Catholic made it a bit interesting in the fourth quarter, hitting five 3-pointers. But the Cougars could only come close to seven points before King’s Way sealed the game by hitting his last six free throws.

It may have taken a week longer than expected, but the Knights got the spot to say they had hoped to lock down last weekend before falling at home to Castle Rock.

“We spoke last week after that loss to Castle Rock that our mentality was either that our season was about to end or it was just beginning,” Harmeling said.

The Knights will have to wait to see where the selection committee places them in bracket 1A. Regardless of the draw, Evanson said the Knights are in a better position to rally state.

“I think it installed more hunger in us,” Evanson said of the loss to Castle Rock. “I feel like we’re playing a lot harder now, because I feel like we kind of thought it would be a lot easier to say. And now we kind of have our backs against the wall, but I think it helps our team as a whole.

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 53,

CATHOLIC SETON 43

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN – Jamison Duke 6, Ryan Tyler 6, Giovanny Evanson 34, Alex Fulton 3, Matthew Belefski 4, Hunter Baron 0, Will Gunn 0. Totals 20-53 (6-23) 7-11 53.

CATHOLIC SETON — Tyler Tran 0, Dax Clifton 0, Brady Angelo 9, Jacob George 5, Rico George 0, Westy Westrick 8, Breckin Miller 6, Jack Jenniges 15. Totals 16-44 (9-32) 2-5 43.

Seton 10 9 7 17—43

King’s Way 11 18 12 12—53