Mitch Brewe used his size to his advantage as Seattle Prep routed Mountain View 64-39, and Rainier Beach raced past Glacier Peak 87-51.
BELLEVUE — Seattle Prep’s boys basketball team has been proving lately why it’s ranked No. 1, and Friday night was no different as the Panthers beat Mountain View of Vancouver 64-39 at Bellevue College to earn a berth in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
“When we’re coachable and determined to be focused, we’re a hard team to beat,” said Prep senior Mitch Brewe. “It doesn’t matter who comes in or where they’re from, we’re coming to play.”
Last weekend, the Panthers (22-5) knocked off then-No. 1 Rainier Beach to claim the Sea-King 3A District’s top spot at regionals. Friday night, they silenced a Thunder offense that had rolled through its district tournament behind the sharpshooting of senior Zach Torson.
“I think, to our credit, we played with a lot of energy and kind of took some things away from him,” Prep coach Mike Kelly said of Torson.
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Torson, who had looked like Jeremy Lin while scoring 128 points in his previous four games for Mountain View (20-8), was held to 11 by the Panthers.
Seattle Prep, meanwhile, was unstoppable offensively behind the aggressive play of Brewe, who had 19 points. Teammate D.J. Fenner added 17 points.
“He’s been really consistent,” Kelly said of Brewe. “He’s been consistent in practice and in the games, and I think that’s what I like most.”
The Metro League MVP used his 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame to his advantage, grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring with ease on put-back shots.
“He was there with both his emotions and his play,” said Kelly. “He has just been solid all around, and that’s what we’ve been talking about. Just being solid and letting the game come to us and see what happens.”
Taking heed of their coach’s advice has brought the Panthers to the state tournament for a third season in a row.
“It always feels good to go to state,” said Kelly. “It always feels good to go down to Tacoma.”
No. 3 Rainier Beach 87, Glacier Peak 51
The third-ranked Vikings (23-3) took an early lead and cruised to an easy victory and a return to the Tacoma Dome after an early playoff exit last season.
The 36-point loss was the largest of the season for the Grizzlies (17-8), who fail to reach Tacoma for the first time in three seasons.
Kansas-bound Anrio Adams scored 22 points for Rainier Beach. Junior Zach Pederson scored 26 for the Grizzlies.