Seattle Prep 56, Timberline 52
TACOMA – Seattle Prep sophomore shooter Jack Stewart is no longer a secret. He’s even getting a little of the treatment usually reserved for Prep leading scorer D.J. Fenner.
“Matter of fact, when we went to Shadle Park last week they face-guarded him,” Prep coach Mike Kelly said. “They let D.J. catch, but they face-guarded Jack, so we joke about that with him.”
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Stewart showed why teams don’t want him touching the ball in space by knocking down five three-pointers and scoring 15 points in Prep’s 56-52 win against Timberline in a Class 3A consolation game. He had 12 of those points after halftime and three of his three-pointers broke ties.
The Panthers needed it all as Timberline kept nipping at their heels. The two teams were tied at 26 at halftime, and it was back-and-forth the rest of the way. After Timberline star Donaven Dorsey’s two free throws cut Prep’s lead to three with 2:30 left, Stewart answered with a three 20 seconds later.
“Today is a really hard day to play when you lose,” Kelly said. “It’s hard to regroup and recharge, and in the first half we had energy that reflected that.”
Fenner, who entered averaging 28 points, also helped extend Prep’s season. He wasn’t as efficient as he was down the stretch of the season – he made just 9 of his 26 shots – but Fenner kept attacking the basket and made enough big plays to keep Prep in front.
He finished with 26 points, two more than he had in a loss to Rainier Beach in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Dorsey, a junior with multiple Division-I offers, scored 21 points on 6 of 15 shooting.
Prep will play the winner of No. 6 Mountlake Terrace and No. 9 University at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the fourth-place game.
“Every coach in the state will tell you to play on Saturday on the very last day that winter sports are eligible is a huge deal,” Kelly said.
And now Prep gets to do that for the second straight year.
Newport 65, Bothell 58
Want to get the Newport Knights to play their best basketball? Easy. Put their backs against the wall.
Newport won its sixth straight loser-out game on Friday by beating No. 3 Bothell 65-58 in a Class 4A consolation game. The Knights will play the winner of No. 4 Central Valley and No. 5 Richland in the fourth-place game at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
“Maybe we just need to be in these loser-out games to be successful,” Newport coach Steve Haizlip said. “They like the pressure, and it doesn’t seem to faze them. That just shows the character of this group.”
Newport (19-9) and Bothell (21-5) played for the third time this season, and the Cougars won the first two meetings. Newport led by six at halftime, but Zach LaVine and Bothell cut that lead to three multiple times in the fourth quarter.
Newport never let the Cougars get any closer than that, though. Miles Fowler hit the shot of the game with 40 seconds left and his team leading by just three. As the shot clock wound down, Fowler hit a guarded, off-balance jumper along the baseline. He finished with 12 points.
“We got back to team ball,” Haizlip said. “We brought back the trust. We played defense. We shared the ball. And Will was on fire.”
That would be Will Ferris, Newport’s leading scorer at 15 points per game. Ferris finished with 24 points and hit 5 of his 9 three-pointers.
The loss ended Bothell’s season. The Cougars, who were ranked No. 1 for most of the season, lost five games – four of which came against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the state.
LaVine, who will play at UCLA next year, finished with 27 points but missed all 10 of his three-pointers. Perrion Callandret added 15 points while Josh Martin had 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
As a team, Bothell made just 1 of 14 three-pointers while Newport made 6 of 14 three-point attempts.