The Wilson boys basketball team would have much rather been playing Rainier Beach in the 3A state title instead of Bellevue in a consolation game Saturday.
But allowing 23 points off turnovers would have been just as costly against Beach as it was against the Wolverines.
Wilson got another big game from sophomore forward Alphonso Anderson, who led the Rams with 23 points and 15 rebounds, finishing the tournament with three double-doubles in three games.
But the Rams turned the ball over 21 times (13 in the first half) and Bellevue never trailed in the second half to earn third place with a 71-61 victory.
“The turnovers really hurt us in the first half,” said Wilson coach Dave Alwert. “That should be how many we have in a game.
“We just weren’t poised.”
Wilson cut the lead to 50-45 in the fourth quarter after a 3-point play from Ivy Smith Jr. and four consecutive points from Anderson. But Bellevue hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Hunter Cikatz’s dunk pushed the lead back to 10 points.
“We wanted to win for the seniors,” said Bellevue coach Chris O’Connor. “I told the guys we should be playing with a lot more urgency since we are playing with so many seniors compared to them. We wanted to go out, have no regrets and make sure we win this.”
Kyle Foreman led the Wolverines with 20 points. Bellevue had four players finish in double figure scoring.
David Jenkins scored 11 points and Jamal Welch added 10 for Wilson.
“It’s so tough to come back from that final-four game,” Alwert said. “Everybody wants to be playing for a championship. Then you know you are going for either that third or fifth instead of a title. That’s pretty tough.”
Wilson returns the core of its team – Anderson, Jenkins, Smith and Montre Brown-Lofton – next season.
“Sky is the limit for us,” Alwert said.