As Timberline High School boys basketball coach Allen Thomas explained it, when four of your five victories to start a season are comebacks from double-digit deficits, you feel like “kings of the world.”
On Wednesday night, the Blazers stumbled off the throne.
This was a must-get game in December for Bellarmine Prep, which had lost in stunning fashion three times in the past 10 days.
But the Lions were crisp behind their big three standouts — point guard Malachi Flynn and brothers, Rex and Joey Bodoia — and walloped Timberline, 74-52, in Tacoma.
Rex Bodoia led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Flynn and Joey Bodoia added 17 points apiece as Bellarmine Prep (2-3, 1-2 4A Narrows) shot 57.7 percent from the floor (30 of 52 field goals) to snap its three-game skid.
“We needed to build some confidence,” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “We had not been playing well the last two games.
“It was a good win for us. … This is the kind of team we can be.”
The Lions hit eight of their first nine shots to start the second quarter to build a large cushion.
Five different players scored during Bellarmine Prep’s 18-6 run, capped by Joey Bodoia’s jumper to grab a 37-20 lead at the 2 minute, 17 seconds mark.
Rex Bodoia tallied nine of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter — with a highlight no-look, alley-oop layin with 80 seconds remaining.
“This was really big,” Rex Bodoia said. “Timberline was undefeated, and we had a strong fast. It was a huge confidence boost.”
Most pleasing to Salazar was an improved defensive effort against the Blazers (5-0, 2-1), especially after the Lions gave up 41 points Friday to Stadium point guard Londrell Hamilton in a 55-52 loss.
The Timberline point guard duo of Tariq Romain (1-7 FG, two points) and Brandell Evans (3-12 FGs, 11 points) struggled, often forcing shots in the lane.
“Played a little too fast,” Thomas said. “And that is where we are learning, still trying to figure out our roles a little bit.
“Tonight was the first time we got hit, and we didn’t respond.”