Beamer ends historic season with fifth-place finish after defeat

Staff writerMarch 8, 2014 

Todd Beamer boys basketball coach Winston Bell took a quick moment to think when asked if he was at all disappointed following his team’s fifth place finish after a 60-49 loss to Issaquah in the 4A state consolation bracket.

He first considered his team’s title dreams – hoping to become the first in Beamer history to do so. Then he remembered how this was the most successful team its history already.

“How can you be upset about that?” Winston finally responded, smiling. “This is a lot of these kids’ first taste of success. We are proud of it.”

Beamer led 36-33 to start the fourth quarter. Then Issaquah’s Ty Gibson outscored the Titans 13-0 to push the Eagles to a 10-point lead and Beamer never caught up.

Gibson had three points in the first half. He finished with 18 and four rebounds.

“Coming off a tough loss (to Garfield in the semifinals Friday) and it was hard to regroup,” Gibson said. “But we knew we could come out on top. I just wanted to give this team a boost.”

Trey Burch-Manning led Beamer with 16 points and seven rebounds. Bogdan Bliznyuk had eight points and five rebounds. The Titans were outscored 27-13 in the fourth quarter.

Beamer earned its first SPSL regular season title this season, first West Central/Southwest bi-district title and first state trophy in school history this year.

“I hate to say our guys put all their eggs in the championship basket, but I think they were a little depleted,” Bell said.

“But these guys heard about Federal Way and Curtis all their careers. To come out and have them go hard and believe they could win was the biggest thing I took away from this. I think the history for Beamer going forward is bright.”

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