- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Kalen Dunlap scored 19 points before fouling out and Morton-White Pass held on to beat defending champion St. George’s 54-51 on Saturday in the Washington Class 2B boys state title game.

Kaleb Poquette and Zach Walton each added 11 points for the Timberwolves (28-0), whose last loss was a 73-69 overtime thriller to St. George’s in the opening round of last year’s state tournament.

Dexter Sienko had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Erik Meulheims scored 13 points for the top-ranked Dragons (29-1), who had won 49 straight games dating back to last season.

St. George’s had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Muelheims’ 3-point attempt bounced off the front rim. It was one of two chances the Dragons had to tie it in the final 13 seconds.

After trailing by as many as 13, St. George’s pulled within 53-51 on Sienko’s two foul shots with 29.6 seconds left. After MWP’s Walton hit 1 of 2 from the line with 28.1 left for a 54-51 lead, Muelheims missed from long range.

St. George’s rallied behind Sienko, a 6-foot-7 senior, who finished 9-of-13 from the floor, but managed just 7-of-13 from the foul line.

Earlier, Jesse Leuenberger scored 26 points as Bear Creek rolled past Liberty 63-39 to take third place. Leuenberger hit 9-of-16 from the floor for the Grizzlies. Ryan Thayer had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lancers. Collin Feight added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Bear Creek, which outscored Liberty 37-19 in the second and third quarters.

Also, Tyler Frederick scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Lind-Ritzville/Sprague topped Mossyrock 69-60 for fourth place. Connor O’Neill added 13 points for the Broncos. Kyler Hazen had 17 points for the Vikings. Ryan Whitmore and Dylan Hartz each scored 12 points for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, which used a 17-9 run in the third quarter to pull away.

Shaun Stephens scored 16, Jaron Kirkley 13 and Tristan Warson 10 for Mossyrock.