It took the entirety of the game to decide the winner as the Emerald Ridge Jaguars traveled to Timberline High School to take on the Blazers and defeated them in an out-of-league Class 4A matchup, 64-63, on Wednesday.
After two missed Blazers free throws, junior Daniel Gregory had four seconds to dribble the distance to give the Jaguars the win. He did just that.
Gregory, a 6-foot-1 guard, drilled a 27-foot jumper as time expired to give the Jaguars (5-3, 4-0 4A SPSL) the victory.
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The Blazers (4-2, 3-1 4A Narrows) outscored the Jaguars, 14-4, during the first quarter. E-R did what it could during the second and third quarters to keep the game close, and then busted out in the fourth, outscoring the Blazers, 29-16.
Bonney Lake 43, Tahoma 39: Donnie Hofstrand led the Panthers over the Bears by scoring a team-high 11 points.
After trailing 29-28 heading into the fourth quarter, the Panthers (1-7, 0-4 3A SPSL) turned it up and outscored the Bears (1-8, 1-3 3A SPSL) 15-10 for their first win.
Kent-Meridian 62, Stadium 43: Marcel Ferguson’s 13 points were not enough for the Tigers (2-5, 1-2 4A Narrows), who lost their fourth game in a row.
The Royals were led by senior Romaine Jackson, who scored 17, and Markel Banks, with 14.
Bishop Montgomery (Calif.) 64, Bellarmine Prep 40: The Lions lost in the championship round of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo, California, to one of the top-ranked teams in the Golden State.
Malachi Flynn was held to 13 points, Joey Bodoia had 11 and Issac Wojtanowicz had 10.
The Foss Falcons gained their first win under Shaunte Nance-Johnson — who is in her second year at Foss — snapping a 26-game losing streak that dated to the beginning of last season.
The Falcons routed Clover Park, 61-30, outscoring the Warriors, 21-4, during the fourth quarter.
“As a coach, I really wanted to come back to Foss to rebuild,” said Nance-Johnson, a Foss alum. “This is a huge confidence booster for the girls. It is a beautiful thing to see that they can make some shots under pressure.”
Auburn 36, Mount Rainier 28: The Trojans rode to their first victory on the back of a 14-6 third-quarter performance.
Senior guard Maysen Tinney led the Trojans (1-6, 0-4 3A SPSL) with 13 points and Masar Houssoun had 11.