Stadium High School senior Bobby Moorehead doesn’t practice his fadeaway 3-pointer very often. But with less than a minute to play and the game tied at 74, the Tigers’ 6-foot-6, do-it-all star nailed one, sealing the 77-74 win over the visiting Gig Harbor Tides on Wednesday night.
“I just knew we had to get a shot off,” Moorehead said. “I’ve had to come up big a couple times this year, so I had to do it again. I just knew I had to be ready to shoot the 3 off the dribble, so I was ready. It was just a normal shot for me.”
It was a game that featured lots of offense. Moorehead finished the game with 27 points, scoring from a variety of spots on the floor and making several difficult shots over the outstretched arms of Gig Harbor defenders.
But he wasn’t the only potent scoring threat on the court. Gig Harbor junior forward Sam Gagliardi put on a show from behind the arc, making six 3-pointers and also finishing with 27 points.
Every time Gagliardi or Moorehead scored, the other answered.
“He can hit (shots),” Moorehead said of Gagliardi. “It was fun to play against a good player.”
Gig Harbor coach Billy Landram offered praise for his junior forward, who is enjoying a breakout season.
“He’s a good player,” Landram said. “We rely on him. We expect it. He made some shots, that’s what he does.”
Gig Harbor twice took the lead during the fourth quarter, but missed opportunities on free throws and Stadium took advantage. Landram cited his team’s defensive woes as the main reason for the loss.
“Give them credit, they played better than us,” Landram said. “They played harder, they had some guys make shots. We’re not going to beat a fifth-grade YMCA team giving up 80 points a game. We’ve just got to play harder.”