A recent stretch including two games against No. 1 Rainier Beach helped Franklin outlast Bellevue 68-65, earning the Quakers a spot in next week's regionals.
Nobody can say Franklin isn’t battle tested.
A recent stretch that featured two games against No. 1 Rainier Beach helped Franklin outlast Bellevue 68-65 Tuesday night at Chief Sealth High School, earning the Quakers a spot in next week’s boys basketball regionals.
Next up for No. 8 Franklin? Another matchup with Rainier Beach. They play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bellevue College in the semifinals of the Sea-King 3A District Tournament, the third meeting between the teams this month.
Bellevue faces Eastside Catholic in a loser-out game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bellevue College.
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The Quakers (15-7) needed all their resolve to beat Bellevue (16-9).
Both teams made runs. Bellevue’s came in the first quarter with Kyle Foreman scoring 11 points and making back-to-back three-pointers. The Wolverines led 20-13 after eight minutes.
Then Patrick Ball came alive and gave the Quakers a run of their own. He scored 12 second-quarter points, including two dunks. Ball’s teammates fed off him, leading to an 18-2 run and a 38-31 lead at the half.
Ball said throwing it down helped give his team a spark.
“When we get dunks it always helps us on defense,” he said. “We always get a lot of energy and just play harder on D.”
Dylan Foreman ended the third quarter with seven straight points for Bellevue. His brother Kyle got two of his 24 points with 6:30 left to bring the Wolverines within five, 55-50.
Still down by five with just over a minute left, Bellevue wasted a possession with two attempted three-pointers, and Franklin iced the game at the free-throw line.
Ultimately, losing the turnover battle, 17-8, and getting into the double bonus too early in the fourth quarter cost Bellevue.
“Playing in the Metro League prepares you for the entire state,” Franklin coach Jason Kerr said. “You get every type of team, all at a high level. It’s just a matter of whether you go out and then execute what you learn through the course of the season.”
Ball led all Quakers with 23 points and Eugene Artison had 17.
Other boys game
Rainier Beach 62, Eastside Catholic 43
At Chief Sealth, top-ranked Rainier Beach (20-3) pulled away in the second half as the Vikings’ speed started wearing on the Crusaders (15-9). Shaqquan Aaron scored seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and had two easy steals as a result of sloppy play from Eastside Catholic. Austin Soukup scored 18 for Eastside Catholic.