Top performer: Iyzik Pam, Todd Beamer
Scored 27 points in 81-48 loss to Olympia
Decatur 62, Sumner 61: Bradley Graham led the Golden Gators with 18 points and he hit the final shot to win the down-to-the-wire game.
Graham’s go-ahead score came with 11 seconds left and kept Decatur’s season alive with a trip to the 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament, while sending Sumner’s season to an end.
“They ran Graham through an elevator screen, then another screen,” Sumner coach Jake Jackson said. “He took one dribble and put the shot up.”
Sumner had a few chances to go ahead on its last possession. But the initial shot missed, as did the put-back attempt at the buzzer.
Decatur (11-13) advances to the first round of the district tournament, where it will face city-rival Federal Way (21-0) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Federal Way High School.
Sumner’s season ended at 10-11 overall.
Olympia 81, Todd Beamer 48: Iyzik Pam put on a show leading the Titans with 27 points, but it was not enough to beat the Bears who used their greater depth to their advantage.
“Pam is a good shot maker. We saw him score 31 points a couple games ago and we tried to limit him,” Olympia coach John Kiley said. “I thought we did a pretty good job containing the other players. They seemed a bit undermanned tonight and we were able to take advantage of that.”
Olympia came out of the gates strong scoring 17 points in the first quarter and 24 in the second to lead at the half 41-25. From there it was smooth sailing the Bears now look ahead to playing defending 4A state-champion Kentwood on Wednesday.
“Obviously they’re the defending state champs. We played them a couple years ago in districts,” Kiley said. “We know that they’re very tough. They’ve built quite a program so we know we got our hands full.”
Lucas Bowser led Olympia with 19 points, Ketner Young scored 13 and Andrew Lindsay added 12.
Todd Beamer’s season ended with a record of 6-17.
Auburn Mountainview 57, Battle Ground 54: It took some time, almost all of the first half, for the Lions to get into the zone.
But they came out in the second half to mount a come-from-behind win over the Tigers as Talan Alfrey, a BYU football signee, led Auburn Mountainview with 18 points to keep the Lions’ season alive.
“We had a tough game Friday night against Mount Rainier,” Auburn Mountainview coach Matt Sinnes said. “I think some of that carried over in the first half. We were a little sluggish.”
That sluggishness left the Lions down 25-17 at the half and needing to come up with some offense in order to keep their season alive.
“The second half we just came out. We have a bunch of seniors and they didn’t want their season to end,” Sinnes said. “We buckled down on defense and started taking care of the ball.”
That showed as the Lions would get 15 in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth quarter to get the narrow three-point win. The team still has an uphill battle as the move into the district tournament, where it will face 4A SPSL champion Curtis at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round.
“Curtis is coach by one of the best coaches in the state (Tim Kelly), he’s a hall of fame coach,” Sinnes said. “We gotta show up and give it everything we got. If we play the way we’re capable of playing we can compete with anybody.”
Kentwood 59, Emerald Ridge 46: It was an uphill battle but with the dynamic duo of Nicole Ajayi plus Aivine Soakai getting 17 points apiece the Conquerors came out on top.
“We got off to a slow start,” Kentwood coach Lisa Ashley said. “We came out better in the second half.”
Much of the challenge was closing out on the deadly shooting lineup from Emerald Ridge.
“Emerald Ridge was making a lot of threes,” Ashley said. “Their game was pretty much an outside game.”
It then fell to the offense to keep focused and play their game enough to pull ahead in the loser-out game.
“We were able to be very patient on offense and move the ball around,” Ashley said. “Nicole did a nice job moving in and taking it to the hoop.”
The team will now face defending 4A state-champion Kentridge on Wednesday in what will be the team’s biggest game of the year.
“They’re defending champs so we’re really gonna need to go out and play our A-game. We don’t have any room for flaws and mistakes,” Ashley said. “That’s what the postseason is coming out and putting it all out on the court.”
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