Charles Frazier had so much confidence after his Todd Beamer High School boys basketball team came back to beat Stadium, 70-66, on Friday that he couldn’t help but say it.
“We aren’t going to lose no more,” he exclaimed after the opening game of the Spanaway Lake Christmas Tournament. “We are going to go to state again and win it this year.”
Some gall, huh? But that confidence was nowhere to be seen when the Titans started 0-4 a year after their first state appearance in school history.
After Saturday’s win, with Frazier finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds and going on a 6-0 run by himself in the final minute, Beamer has won four consecutive contests.
It’s been that same confidence that’s helped the Titans (4-4) right the ship.
“Having a lot of (junior varsity) guys, they are just getting their confidence,” said Beamer coach Winston Bell. “Knowing that we can score and play with anybody in 4A basketball is a big thing for us.”
Gio Jackson, who finished with 15 points, scored with just over two minutes left to put Beamer ahead 64-62, but Londrell “Prince” Hamilton answered. The Lincoln transfer re-entered the game, hit a step-back jumper, then made another shot through a foul on the next possession to put Stadium (3-4) back ahead (he then missed the free throw).
Hamilton finished with 18 points, but was in foul trouble most the game and eventually fouled out.
Frazier’s tip-in tied it at 66 with 40 seconds left. Stadium’s Bobby Moorehead, who led the Tigers with 23 points, then missed consecutive shots on the next possession and Frazier hit a pair of free throws. Frazier then stole it from Moorehead and made two more free throws to seal the win.
Stadium had jumped out to a 19-4 lead to start the game. Beamer didn’t get its first lead until midway through the third quarter, a lot of that thanks to the hustle play of Patrick Kennedy, who finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and was given the game ball afterward.
“The thing I love about this team is that they are super scrappy. I can’t even say they are regular scrappy,” Bell said. “That is something that we didn’t have last year. We were long and this year we have a lot of short guys, but a lot of them coming up from the JV, they are really hungry.
“We still have a ways to go. … But I think we are going to be OK.”
Mount Tahoma (0-9) scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to hurry back from a double-digit deficit.
Raven Frazier led the Sentinels with 16 points and LeRoy Lawrence had nine points and 24 rebounds (20 defensive). Tavon Shelley scored a game-high 29 points for Mount Tahoma, which was outscored 6-4 in OT.
Spanaway Lake 63, Franklin 26: The Quakers (0-6) played with four players most of the fourth quarter because of fouls and injuries. Jackie Gutierrez scored 17 points for the Sentinels (1-7).