A three-star light show was on display in the Curtis Winter Classic championship game as the Vikings came out victorious over Richland, 93-80, on Saturday night.
With Steven Beo acting as the offense for Richland and Aushanti Potts-Woods and Glenn Jordan running the attack for Curtis, the fans were in for a show.
“It was a really good game,” said Potts-Woods, a senior. . “It was really fast-paced, a lot of up and down, a lot of defense.
“It was really fun. I like going back and forth with people. It’s good competition. I like going head-to-head with people who are better or good players.”
Running out to a 39-13 lead with 6:01 to go in the third quarter, Curtis, Potts-Woods and Jordan looked as if they would run Richland out of the gym, and the coach from eastern Washington struggled to contain his emotions.
However, the BYU-bound Beo had other plans.
Leading a second-half comeback, Beo took charge of the Richland offense, pulling the Bombers within seven points with 7:10 to go in the fourth.
Beo finished with 33 points on 10-of-25 shooting from the floor.
On the other side, it was Potts-Woods and Jordan who ended up making the difference down the stretch. They each scored 32 points, and shot a combined 21 for 35 from the field.
“It was our whole deal to keep our focus, keep our intensity,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “They’re a good team, they’re a great program, they’re a state championship-caliber team, so we had to keep our composure and keep playing like it was zero-zero.
“We’ve been in that position a couple times this year already, and we talk about finishing and for the most part we did a good job. Beo got going a little bit and got some good looks, and we were a little lazy with the ball a few times. Overall, that’s a great win against a really quality team.”
With their tournament complete and a title in hand, Curtis will play Bethel on Tuesday.