Second place in the Class 4A Narrows League was on the line Thursday night at Gig Harbor High School, but it was hard to tell judging by the demeanor of Stadium senior Bobby Moorehead. The Tigers’ star player looked like he was out on the playground with his friends.
Moorehead let his arm hang in the air for a few seconds after each one of his six 3-pointers, and had a smile on his face throughout the game as the Tigers cruised to a 57-41 victory.
“It’s so much fun,” said Moorehead, who has been the league’s most prolific scorer this season and led all scorers in this one with 24 points. “I’m so happy right now. I’m bummed we didn’t get the league championship, but second place is good. Now we just have to go into district and play hard and go to state.”
Coach Dennis Johnson, in his first season at Stadium (10-9 overall, 8-4 Narrows 4A), said what was obvious to everyone in attendance: Moorehead is a “matchup problem” for a lot of teams.
“We try to give him the ball a lot of different ways,” Johnson said. “He’s a great worker and teammate and also really good with leadership. He never misses practice. He’s just a great kid.”
The attention the Tides (13-7, 7-5) devoted to trying to stop Moorehead left sharp-shooting junior Robbie Bernovich open behind the 3-point arc. Bernovich made Gig Harbor pay with 17 points — the first 15 coming on 3-pointers.
“(Moorehead) and (sophomore guard) Londrell (Hamilton) really generate a lot of open shots for the rest of us,” Bernovich said. “I just like to knock them down.”
Gig Harbor junior Sam Gagliardi, who had 27 points in the first meeting between the teams, had a relatively quiet night with nine points. Junior Casey Gearhart also added nine, and senior forward Casey Drake scored eight. The Tides were held to just 16 points in the second half.
That’s because Thursday’s victory over the Navigators also was the first time his son, Luke, threw down a two-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass during a game.
Luke Lovelady had 20 points and 14 rebounds as 2B Pacific League champion Life Christian (21-0, 11-0 2B Pacific) got the 300th career victory for its coach in his 19th season with the Eagles.
“I love that it’s all been at the same school,” Mark Lovelady said. “The 300 milestone only goes to show how many great kids we’ve had over the years.”
And on the third try, Beamer (20-1, 8-0 4A SPSL Northwest) won the 4A SPSL title — this time beating the Vikings (16-5, 11-1 4A SPSL South) after losing to Mount Rainier the past two seasons.