King's knocks off Brewster boys in state 1A opener

— Brewster closed to within four points late in the game, but just could not regain their first-quarter lead and fell, 51-41, to King’s on Thursday, the opening day of the state 1A boys basketball tournament.

Easton Driessen scored 10 points (8-25 field goals; 1-9 3-pointers), including several late to cut the Knights’ lead.

Brewster led 9-4 after the first quarter before falling back after a 20-9 second-quarter run by King’s .

The Bears turned the ball over 20 times and gave up 13 steals to the quick-handed Knights, who do not have a player shorter than 6-foot on the roster.

Josh Hammons scored 10 points (5-8 field goals) to go with 9 rebounds for Brewster.

Brewster’s long-range bomber, Timbo Taylor (5 points 2-6 shooting), sat for several minutes in the fourth quarter before fouling out.

Brewster was 2-for-14 shooting treys to King’s 3-16, outrebounded King’s 37-35 and finished shooting 34 percent (18-53) to King’s 37 percent (18-49).

For fouls, Driessen was the lone Bear going to the charity line (3-5).

King’s made 12-of-18 free throws.

The Knights turned the ball over 14 times.

Stats

Brewster (41) – Driessen 20, Orozco 2, E. Najera 0, Hammons 10, Boesel 0, Divis 0, Talavera 0, Smith 2, Taylor 5, Jacobson 2.

Rebounds (37) – Hammons 9, Taylor 8. Assists (7): Driessen 3. Steals (8): Taylor 3.

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