The Bellevue High boys basketball team ran a familiar defense. It is almost identical to what Wilson runs — a zone with man-to-man principles that takes away 3-pointers and packs the paint.
Only the Wolverines ran it far better.
In a rematch of the third-place game in last year’s 3A state tournament, Bellevue won again. Only this time, the Rams scored just 10 points in the second half and were dominated inside on their way to a 74-36 loss Saturday at the ShoWare Shootout in Kent.
“Bellevue is what we are supposed to look like as a matchup zone, and how they were running their transition,” said Wilson junior David Jenkins Jr., who scored a team-high 12 points. “We just weren’t a disciplined team.
“I feel like when the tough gets going, that’s when we got to play even harder. I felt like we just collapsed.”
It led to the first loss of the season for the Rams (5-1), but coach Dave Alwert said he had seen hints of it coming.
“Right now, we have the talent to play with anybody, but we don’t have the discipline,” he said. “With some of the young kids learning the system and some of the bad habits … we needed a wake-up call.”
Wilson pulled to within 21-18 in the second quarter after back-to-back baskets by Dom Hammond.
Then, the lockdown came. The Rams didn’t make a shot in their next 10 possessions as Bellevue increased its lead to 12.
The Wolverines (6-0) led 41-26 at halftime, took a 25-point lead on Gunther Klimes’ second dunk, and held the Rams to four points in the third quarter.
“We beat them twice (last year) so coach (Chris O’Connor) emphasized that they were going to want to beat us,” said Klimes, who scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. “We just had to make sure that we came out strong, and that’s what we did.”
And they rebounded, grabbing 36 to Wilson’s 17.
“We learned what it’s like to play better competition,” Jenkins said. “We’ll be better next time.”
Jackson scored a game-high 30 points as Beamer (3-4) held off a late Quakers run.
“We have played as a team,” Jackson said. “Our chemistry was bad, but we’ve got it together.”
Charles Frazier had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Titans and Patrick Kennedy had 12. Giovanni Williams led Franklin (2-4) with 19 points.
Ryan Lacey had 14 points, 14 rebounds for Auburn Mountainview (5-1).
Jorginho Souza led the Sentinels (0-7) with 10. Marques Hampton added nine.
Ian Stewart had 16 for the Pirates (6-0) and Jessie Norton added 13.