Capital (21-5) went toe to toe with second ranked Wildcats (24-1) of Mead for 16 minutes. Leading throughout the first half and tied 30-30 at the half, the Cougars were outscored 22-8 in the third quarter and fell at the Tacoma Dome.
Turnovers and free-throws ended up being the downfall for the ninth ranked Cougars. Mt. Spokane shot 14/16 from the free throw line compared to 2/9 shooting from the Cougars. Capital had 13 turnovers to the Wildcats 6.
Lukas Bowser led Capital with 19 points going 5/7 from the three-point line. For Mt. Spokane, Jerry Twenge led all players with 20 points. Mt. Spokane moves on to a Friday semifinal match with third ranked Rainier Beach (21-4). Capital will face the fifth ranked Kelso Highlanders (21-5) Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the consolation bracket with the winner playing for fourth place Saturday.