Rainier Beach committed 28 turnovers as ThunderRidge of Highlands Ranch, Colo., beat the Vikings 55-46 last night in the championship game of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic...

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Rainier Beach committed 28 turnovers as ThunderRidge of Highlands Ranch, Colo., beat the Vikings 55-46 last night in the championship game of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic.


Rainier Beach trailed 16-7 after one quarter and took its only lead at 40-39 with about three minutes remaining. Two crucial turnovers by the Vikings helped the Colorado school pull away.


“We were in an uphill battle all night,” said coach Mike Bethea of Rainier Beach (7-3). “We struggled down the stretch, and the turnovers cost us the game.


“We played a very good team, and we came out flat — a lot like last year in the state-championship game against O’Dea,” said Bethea, whose team finished second in Class 3A last season.


Tyler Nading, a 6-foot-6 senior, scored a game-high 21 points for the Grizzlies, who have one of the top high-school boys teams in Colorado. ThunderRidge finished 22-2 last season. Matt Bouldin, a 6-5 junior, added 11 points.


Terrence Williams led Rainier Beach with 16 points. In the semifinals Tuesday night, the 6-6 Williams had a triple-double as the Vikings trounced Carson, Calif., 63-41.


Rainier Beach beat Calabasas, Calif., 62-57 in its tournament opener behind junior guard Ryan Anderson’s 32 points.