This time, not even Marcus Williams could save the day. The do-everything star of the Roosevelt High boys basketball team carried his team for most of the second half of last night's...
This time, not even Marcus Williams could save the day.
The do-everything star of the Roosevelt High boys basketball team carried his team for most of the second half of last night’s duel with 10th-ranked South Kitsap. But in the end, the state-tournament tested Wolves from Port Orchard emerged with a 64-58 overtime victory in the semifinals of the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic at Bothell High School.
Williams, the Roughriders’ Arizona-bound star, led all scorers with 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He scored all but two of Roosevelt’s field goals in the second half and overtime.
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But even that couldn’t stop a South Kitsap rally that saw the Wolves (6-0) overcome a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, tie the game with a last-second three-pointer, pull away with free throws in overtime and claim a spot in tonight’s championship game at 8 o’clock at Edmundson Pavilion.
“We’re a pretty young team,” Williams said. “They just handled it a little bit better at the end of the game than we did.”
South Kitsap senior Jamil Moore tied the game at 51-all with a three-pointer from the left wing with one second remaining in regulation, capping a 17-5 Wolves’ run that started with just under four minutes to play.
Roosevelt took a brief lead, 52-51, on a free throw by Thomas Bohan, but South Kitsap regained the advantage for good, 54-52, on a three-pointer by Connor Gehring with 2:50 left in overtime.
“They’re battlers,” said South Kitsap coach John Callaghan of his team, which has won six consecutive overtime games dating to the 2002-03 season. “They practice hard every day, so when things are tough, it’s good to know we can rise to the occasion. That’s huge for us.”
Issaquah 66, Renton 65
Brendon Frye made the second of two free-throw attempts with 2.3 seconds left to lift sixth-ranked Issaquah (8-1) to a come-from-behind victory over Renton (4-3).
The Eagles trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter, but rallied behind senior guard Garrison Carr, who scored 11 of his game-high 32 points in the final period. Marc Williams had 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for Renton.
Clover Park 72, Interlake 65
Phillip Riggins scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting and the Warriors (4-5) shook free of the Saints (5-4with a 12-4 fourth-quarter run.
Clover Park faces Issaquah today at 1 p.m. for fifth place at Edmundson Pavilion, and Interlake plays Renton at 11:30 a.m. for seventh.
Jimmy King had 27 points for Interlake.
Kennedy 59, Bothell 54
Sophomore De Angelo Jones had his second double-double of the tournament, tallying 22 points and 12 rebounds as Class 3A Kennedy (6-1) dumped 4A Bothell (3-2) and advanced to tonight’s championship game.
The Lancers play South Kitsap at 8 p.m. at Edmundson Pavilion, while Bothell faces Roosevelt for third place at 4 p.m.
Marcus Morgan scored 17 points for Bothell.
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