It wasn't exactly "Showtime" reincarnated, but it was close. Second-ranked Rainier Beach looked unstoppable on the break, dangerous in the open floor and lethal on the run after...
It wasn’t exactly “Showtime” reincarnated, but it was close.
Second-ranked Rainier Beach looked unstoppable on the break, dangerous in the open floor and lethal on the run after a turnover.
That’s not to mention the Vikings’ near-perfect shooting, led by 6-foot-6 swingman Terrence Williams.
The Louisville-bound Williams, playing with a torn tendon on the middle finger of his shooting hand, put up 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Rainier Beach buried host Nathan Hale 87-42 last night in a Metro League Sound Division game.
“We want to push the ball and make teams play to our level,” said Williams, who sank 10 of 12 field goals, including 3 of 3 three-pointers, as the Vikings shot 65 percent from the field. “If we come out and play the type of basketball we practice, then there’s no team in the state that can beat us.”
The Raiders (4-2 overall, 3-2 league) were off to their best start since 1995-96 before Beach spoiled the feeling with a blowout.
The Vikings’ depth was as overwhelming as their pressure defense. Junior forward Tremaine Menesse came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points.
“This could be a special team,” Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said. “When we go to the bench, we’ve got depth. We get a lot of energy from our bench. The kids are starting to believe and are buying into our concept.”
Beach (4-2, 4-1) entered off its second defeat of the season, 75-72 loss to nationally ranked Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., in Saturday’s Les Schwab Challenge.
“If teams don’t think we’re the Rainier Beach of the past after those two early losses, then they’ll find out the hard way,” Bethea said. “We really wanted to come back and let people know that those two losses were to two quality teams.”
Williams started the game by sinking 5 of 5 field goals en route to 12 first-quarter points, helping Beach build a 21-14 advantage. The Vikings stretched their lead to 36-14 by starting the second quarter on a 15-0 run.
Beach took a 49-23 lead into the break, and Williams finished the half with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Hale was led by Michael Woolley’s 22 points.