Rainier Beach might have been its own worst enemy on Monday. Landing in Seattle late Sunday night after beating Bishop O’Connell (Va.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., the Vikings had to fight through the physical toll of cross-country flight.
No. 1 Rainier Beach was able to wade through the adversity, though, and pull away from No. 8 O’Dea for an 83-62 win in the Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase at Garfield High School.
“We had to play through it, especially in the second half,” said David Crisp, who had a game-high 25 points. “Legs just a little bit sluggish today.”
But it wasn’t just physical adversity that the Vikings (14-0) faced.
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“To be honest with you, that’s the first time I saw some ugly chemistry between my team,” Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said. “I don’t know if it was because being around each other so long with the flight and all that stuff, but we got the two wins.”
Bethea said it’s something that he’ll likely address with the team at Wednesday’s practice.
Jacob Lampkin led O’Dea (10-5) with 15 points, while Tyler Kidd added 14.
Jefferson (Ore.) 67, Beamer 60
No. 7 Beamer of Federal Way saw its comeback bid fall short Monday, as it dropped the nightcap of the three-game event, 67-60 to Jefferson (Ore.).
The Titans (11-2) trailed by 26 at the half and were down 24 late in the third quarter before embarking on a 16-0 run to cut Jefferson’s lead to 53-45 early in the fourth.
Beamer employed an effective full-court press in the final quarter to eventually close the deficit to four with less than a minute to play, but was unable to make it a one-possession game when Patrick Kennedy missed the front end of a one-and-one with 45 seconds left.
Jefferson (12-1) got out to a big lead early behind the hot shooting of Gonzaga signee Silas Melson, who finished with a game-high 23 points.
Trey Burch-Manning led Beamer with 22 points.