Bellevue boys fall behind early, roll late to 61-43 win over Stanwood

Staff writerMarch 6, 2014 

For three minutes on Thursday, Bellevue High looked beaten. Then, over the course of the next nine minutes, the Wolverines looked like world beaters.

Bellevue fell behind by nine to Stanwood before ripping off a 26-4 run that helped them ease to a 61-43 victory in a 3A boys quarterfinal game at the Tacoma Dome.

Bellevue High basketball coach Chris O’Connor had seen this before. He said his team didn’t look comfortable exploiting the holes in the Spartans’ matchup zone until midway through the first quarter.

“It took a while to get going but I’m used to that,” O’Connor said. “We’ve tried everything to fix (the slow starts). We just told them to weather the storm.”

The Wolverines (23-3) did, and provided some thunder and lightning of their own.

The Spartans (23-2) jumped out to an 11-2 lead thanks to eight points by do-everything guard Josh Thayer. But Bellevue calmly chipped away, finally grabbing the lead at 16-15 on seven consecutive points by Kyle Foreman, the KingCo MVP.

Bellevue never trailed again.

In the second quarter, the lead grew to as much as 14 points thanks to reserve Zack Moore, who played with a bandage over one eye yet scored 10 of his 12 points in the quarter.

“Zack got a concussion in practice and missed the Lincoln game,” O’Connor said about his team’s 60-55 win over the Abes last week in the regional finals, “and I don’t know if Stanwood really knew about him.”

Depth was key for Bellevue, too. The Wolverines had nine players score with their bench outscoring Stanwood’s bench 23-7.

“We’re nine or 10 deep,” O’Connor said. “It’s a 32-minute game and we eventually kind of wear on you.” Thayer had 16 points for the Spartans, who also received 13 points from Drew Stang.

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