One quarter can define a season.
Trailing 47-41 heading into the fourth quarter, Kentridge rallied to defeat Arlington, 65-61, in a Class 4A boys regional playoff game Friday at Kent-Meridian High and advance to the state tournament.
“I just told them they need to understand this is their game,” said Kentridge coach David Jamison of his intermission speech before the fourth quarter. “This is your last game. You guys have played so many games during the season, in the summer and AAU, you can’t just play like it’s another game. We had to play at 100 percent and I thought we had a great fourth quarter.”
Following a game tying 3-pointer by Arlington’s Bradey Brummel with 40 seconds left in the contest, Kentridge’s Hussayn Ford scored the game-winning basket on a finger roll with 23 seconds to go.
Besides Ford’s eight points in the quarter, Jawan Stepney provided the remaining highlights for the Chargers.
After scoring only six points in the first three quarters, Stepney, who averages 20 points a game, tallied 11 points to ignite a comeback for Kentridge (25-1).
“We were just thinking we needed to come out as strong as we can,” Stepney said. “That was potentially our last high school game ever. We didn’t want it to be. We came out hard, came out tough and put everything we had into it.”
Arlington (20-4) was carried by its senior guard Brummel, who led all scorers with 23 points, including eight in the final quarter.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Jackson 67, Stadium 33: For back-to-back seasons, the 10th-ranked Tigers’ run ended in the regional playoffs.
This time it was to the No. 1 Timberwolves at Everett Community College.
Dan Kingma led Jackson (23-1) with 23 points as the defending 4A state finalists broke away in the third quarter on a 20-6 run.
Lucious Brown led the 4A Narrows champions with eight points.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Cascade Christian 49, Woodland 44: Colton Rayburn scored 15 points, and the Cougars (12-11) continued their late-season run by clinching their fourth 1A state tournament berth in the past five seasons by upending the 10th-ranked Beavers (16-7) at Mark Morris High School.
Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report.