Boys state notebook: Rainier Beach's Crisp looking for another ring

Contributing writerMarch 7, 2014 

When Rainier Beach High senior David Crisp won the Class 2A state championship with Clover Park as a freshman, the championship ring slid right onto his ring finger.

That’s not the case anymore — and that’s why he needs a new one.

Crisp, in his first year with Rainier Beach after three years at Clover Park, scored 18 points in the Vikings’ 73-61 semifinal win Friday over Bellevue. Beach, the favorite to win the state championship, is now one game from the 3A title.

“I’m going to have to wear it on the pinkie (now),” Crisp said of his first ring. “When I get this one, I’m going to put it on the (ring) finger and take pictures of (them together).”

While Crisp is no longer the go-to option within Beach’s offense like he was at Clover Park, the University of Washington-bound guard has played a key role in the Vikings run at a third straight title.

But Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea admits that sometimes Crisp tries to defer a little bit too much.

“Then he loses that edge,” Bethea said.

Bethea had to pull Crisp aside in the third quarter Friday against Bellevue, reminding him of that edge. The senior responded, hitting a 3-pointer and scoring on a tough layup inside to get the Vikings going.

“I was telling him, ‘I need you to fire it up,’” Bethea said. “…’I don’t need the role player David Crisp, I need the guy who is the Division I player.’”

A win in Saturday’s title game against Eastside Catholic would give Crisp a pair of fourth-place finishes and two state titles in his prep career — not to mention a little more bling.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing here (at the Tacoma Dome),” said Crisp, who captured his previous title in Yakima. “All the people that I know are here. (I’m) on my way to making history. It’s surreal.”

BLAKE BRINGS ENERGY FOR GARFIELD

For his entire prep career, Garfield senior forward Brayon Blake has been a high-energy player. The Federal Way High transfer plays defense with an edge, rebounds with an edge, and goes to the hole with a head full of steam.

That can work for him and against him.

Blake got in early foul trouble in Friday’s 4A semifinal battle with Issaquah, picking up his second foul with less than three minutes left in the first quarter. He also picked up his fourth foul midway through the third.

“He’s an emotional player,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins said. “That’s what he does. He brings us a lot of energy and a lot of life. You saw how he reacted at the end of the game when we won. That’s just what he does.”

Blake finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of play, and avoided picking up his fifth foul down the stretch as Garfield held on for the win.

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