The Peninsula boys basketball team outlasted the Foss Falcons in a 3A nonleague matchup, 69-52, during the Sports Authority Showdown on Saturday at Highline College.
The Seahawks (3-0, 2-0 SPSL) were held to 10 points during the first quarter due to a swarming defensive attack manufactured by the Falcons (3-1, 2-0).
That all changed in one possession.
With 6:48 left in the second quarter, 6-foot-9 center Jimmy Ritchie drove the lane and finished with an emphatic dunk, lighting a spark under the Peninsula bench.
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It was all Seahawks from there.
After trailing the Falcons, 11-10, during the first quarter, the Seahawks came back and outscored Foss, 27-8, during the second quarter. And that proved to be something Foss could not recover from.
“Our guys really valued playing together tonight,” said Seahawks coach Jake Jackson. “Who cares who gets the credit? As long as we get stops and get buckets, that’s all that matters.”
Ritchie continually used his big body to create space against the undersized Falcons’ defense. The senior finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and he converted 7 of 8 free-throw attempts.
“The last two years we have finished second in league,” Jackson said. “A silver medal is not what we’re about this year. Our focus is on league play now.”
JaQuori McLaughlin added 21 points for the Seahawks.
Todd Beamer 59, Kennedy Catholic 49: The Titans won it with 36 points in the paint. Gio Jackson had a game-high 16 points, while Amari McLemore added 12. Patrick Kennedy pulled down 10 rebounds and added 11 points for the double-double.
Vashon Island 48, Tahoma 43: It wasn’t pretty. The Pirates shot 25.4 percent from the floor. Yep, they were 16 of 63 and still came away with the win. Alex Symbol-Godfrey’s double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) led the way, while Sam Yates netted 15 points.
Auburn Mountainview 62, Kentwood 32: Early wake-up call for the Conquerors, who were ranked eighth in Class 4A in the most recent Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association poll. Auburn Mountainview — led by Tristan Miguel with 21 points — outrebounded Kentwood, 39-22.
Auburn Riverside 54, River Ridge 50: An early 17-4 lead fizzled quickly for the Hawks. Auburn Riverside bounced back on a 16-point performance from Dennis Beard. Quintin Bethea also recorded a double-double for the Ravens with 13 points, 11 rebounds.
Auburn Riverside 59, Kennedy Catholic 32: A game-high 17 points from Ariell Garnett couldn’t make up for the 22 turnovers the Lancers committed. And the Ravens spread it around at the other end. Faith Turner and McKenzi Williams had 12 points apiece, while Olivia Denton added 10.
Lynnwood 55, Kentlake 24: Mikayla Pivec continues to do what she does. The senior pulled a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) to lead the undefeated, Class 3A reigning champion Royals. No player hit double digits for the Falcons as they shot 26.5 percent from the floor.