Elijah Foster asserted himself in the third quarter, and his Rainier Beach Vikings shook off a pesky Bellevue Wolverines squad to secure a 73-61 semifinal victory Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
Rainier Beach earned the right to attempt to three-peat as the 3A state tournament champion.
Bellevue took a 27-26 lead going into halftime on a last-second 3-pointer by junior point guard Kyle Foreman.
After intermission, the 6-foot-8 Foster muscled the Vikings into the lead. Foster scored nine points as Rainier Beach opened the third quarter with a 12-2 scoring run.
“The third quarter – that’s our big quarter,” said Foster. “Our team stepped up on defense, we got some easy points on offense, and it was just a really good quarter.”
The lead reached 16 points at the end of the third quarter as senior guard Naim Ladd drilled a pair of 3-pointers.
Foster and David Crisp each scored 18 points for the Vikings, while Ladd added 15.
Bellevue was led by senior forward Jack Walton’s 14 points.