The Bellevue High School boys basketball team didn’t want to be playing this 3A consolation game. The Wolverines wanted Eastside Catholic in the state semifinals, but lost to top-ranked Rainier Beach on Thursday in what many felt might as well have been the state title game.
And Bellevue got all that frustration out in Friday’s 81-45 rout of Marysville-Pilchuck.
“We were a little upset yesterday,” Bellevue senior point guard Kyle Foreman said. “But I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. We bounced back. That’s how we should play every time.”
The Wolverines, who have lost two in-state game this season (both against Rainier Beach), scored 24 points in the first quarter and outscored the Tomahawks 25-3 in the third.
Foreman scored 15 points, Gunther Klimes and Mikey Henn each scored 13 and Andrew Kenny added 10 off the bench. Bellevue made 27 of 46 shots (58.7 percent).
“I think when we play the right way, when we play together, we are a special team,” Bellevue coach Chris O’Connor said. “When we lose sight of that stuff, we aren’t as good as we can be.”
The Wolverines shot 18 of 48 (38 percent) in their 74-65 loss to Rainier Beach in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Bellevue advances to the fourth-sixth place game to face Lakeside of Seattle on Saturday.
Michael Painter led all scorers with 21 points for Marysville-Pilchuck, which ends its season at 19-8 after reaching the state tournament for the first time since 1993.