The Central Valley Bears rebounded their way to victory and won their 19th straight game in Friday's 4A semifinal at the Tacoma Dome. Their 52-51 victory over Union puts the Bears in their first state title game since 1986.
Union held a 15-14 lead after the first quarter, but an 11-3 run by the Bears in the second quarter gave the Bears a three-point advantage heading into halftime. Central Valley extended its lead to six in the third quarter and then put the Bears away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
A three-pointer from the left corner by Central Valley junior Dustin Dach gave the Bears a commanding 47-37 lead with 4:51 to go. The Titans were able to whittle down the lead to one point after Union's Jordan Chatman hit a full-court shot. Chatman hit a two-pointer with two seconds on the clock that was originally judged to be a three-pointer by the officials.
Chatman finished with a game high 29 points. Central Valley senior Gavin Deyarmin led the Bears with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Central Valley will face A.C. Davis at 3 p.m. in the 4A state championship game, while Union will play Bellarmine Prep for third place at 1 p.m.. SB Nation Seattle will have a live chat going with updates from courtside for the 4A state championship game. The game will also be streamed live at wiaanetwork.com, ROOT Sports is not televising this year's championship games.