When five different players combine to hit 10 3-point shots, that is usually going to get you a win in high school basketball.
Such was the case Saturday night, when Union High dropped 3-pointers from all over the gym to win the championship game of the first Curtis Winter Classic in University Place.
Union shot 43 percent (10 for 23) from beyond the arc to defeat South Kitsap, 64-44. The Titans carried a nice championship trophy with them on the bus ride back to Vancouver, Washington.
“They just shot the ball so well,” South Kitsap coach John Callaghan said. “I loved how hard we played. It ended up a twenty-point game, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort.”
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Union (7-1) took the lead for good with one minute remaining in the second quarter, when Micah Paulson snapped a 24-24 tie by nailing a 3-pointer from the left wing. Cameron Cranston connected for another 3-pointer before halftime, giving Union a six-point lead.
Union opened the third quarter with a 15-7 scoring run and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
The sophomore Cranston led Union with 18 points, and senior Riley Hawken scored 17.
Union senior Thomas Lampkin Jr. — son of the former Seattle Mariners catcher — put an exclamation point on the victory by taking an inbounds pass, dribbling the length of the floor and throwing down a vicious dunk to make it 59-40 with three minutes to go.
South Kitsap was led by junior guard Eric Wattree’s 20 points.
Despite losing in the title game, Callaghan was pleased with the way his team performed in the three-day tournament.
“It was awesome,” Callaghan said. “The competition was excellent. It was hard fought with eight tough teams.”
South Kitsap (6-2) beat Columbia River of Vancouver and Cascade of Everett before falling to Union in the final.
Tournament host Curtis won the 7th place game earlier Saturday, defeating Cascade Christian 73-54. Aushanti Potts-Woods scored 30 points to lead the Vikings.