The Bellevue boys basketball team squandered a massive early lead on Monday, as No. 2 Wilson of Tacoma used a 25-4 run to take a six-point lead into halftime.
Luckily, the No. 3 Wolverines had one more run of their own left to make.
Sparked by 15 second-half points from forward Gunter Kilmes and the flawless point-guard play of Kyle Foreman, Bellevue (11-2) came back to hand Wilson (13-1) its first loss of the season in a battle of 3A powers at the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 32-17 lead before Wilson reeled off its massive run.
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Once the Rams were able to get out into transition, they took advantage of their superior athleticism to build a lead.
When David Jenkins touched the ball, good things happened for Wilson. The sophomore guard made five three-pointers and scored 20 points of his 23 points in the first half.
Bellevue trailed by five entering the fourth quarter and cut the lead to two with four minutes to play. Then Klimes and Zach Moore took over, combining to score 19 of the Wolverines’ 27 fourth-quarter points.
Cleveland 70, Wilson 37 (girls)
No. 1 Cleveland overwhelmed No. 6 Wilson in a frenetic battle of 3A teams. The Eagles (12-2) led 34-19 at halftime and things never got much better for the Rams (11-3), who struggled to combat Cleveland’s full-court press.
Guard Makala Roper scored 10 of her 17 points in the first half for Cleveland, while Kiara Knox led Wilson with 10 points.
Issaquah 64, Columbia Christian (Ore.) 57 (boys)
Issaquah led the entire way thanks to a balanced offensive effort in knocking off their visitors from Portland. Columbia Christian relied on big men Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Kameron Chatman (20 points, 13 rebounds).
The No. 10 Eagles (8-5), meanwhile, were guided by point guard Brian Watson, who scored eight points and handed out nine assists.
Federal Way 61, Bothell 57 (boys)
Bothell star Josh Martin injured his right ankle early in the third quarter and missed the rest of the game, and the Eagles (12-2) capitalized on the absence of the Cougars’ (8-6) biggest threat. Viont’E Daniels scored 19 points for Federal Way.
Peyton Cordova-Smith led Bothell with 17 points and freshman Josh Kollman chipped in 14 more.
Ballard 72, Cleveland 48 (boys)
The Beavers jumped all over Cleveland in the day’s first game, outscoring the Eagles (4-10) 21-6 in the first quarter and taking a 37-17 lead into the half.
Ballard (9-5) continued to coast in the second half, led by 14 points by guard Nick Brown and 13 more from forward Sean Eriksen.