Zach LaVine and Perrion Callandret had 19 points apiece and Josh Martin added 13 points and 16 rebounds as Bothell beat Bethel 61-55.
PUYALLUP — There’s plenty of entertainment value in the Bothell boys basketball team this season.
Coach Ron Bollinger would probably pay admission to watch, if he had to.
“I’ve been more of a fan than a coach this year,” he admits.
And even though the third-ranked Cougars flubbed a season-high four dunks in their 61-55 victory over Bethel in the regional round Saturday at Rogers High School, they put on a show.
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Zach LaVine and Perrion Callandret piled up 19 points apiece and 6-foot-8 Josh Martin added 13 points and 16 rebounds as Bothell (21-3) punched a return ticket to the Tacoma Dome. LaVine (UCLA) and Callandret (Idaho) already have D-I scholarships and Martin, a junior, is considering his offers.
That’s a ton of talent on one high-school squad.
“This year has really been an anomaly for me, having those three guys on the same team,” Bollinger said. “This is my 26th year of coaching and I’ve had one player (at a time) who was really good, but nothing like Zach and Perrion, and having Josh in the mix has been a lot of fun.”
Even LaVine gets caught watching at times.
“With me and Perrion and Josh out there, there’s a lot of just, ‘Ooh!’ It’s a lot of fun playing with those guys,” LaVine said.
Off the opening tip, Callandret fed LaVine with an alley-oop pass for a quick jam and followed with a long three-pointer. The show was on, but gritty Bethel (17-10) wasn’t star-struck. After falling into a 12-point hole in the second quarter, the Braves hung around. It was a 10-point game with just over five minutes to play before Callandret scored six straight to help Bothell pull away.
LaVine was just 9 of 25 from the field, including 1 of 9 on three-pointers.
Joseph Johnson led Bethel with 12 points, while James Moore added 11 and Bryce Bowers 10.
Central Valley 61, Beamer 55, OT
Early on, it looked like the fourth-ranked Bears from Spokane would crush the No. 9 Titans as they bolted to leads of 14-2 and 26-10.
Beamer battled back and had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Bogdon Bliznyuk’s three-point try at the buzzer was just long and skimmed off the rim. The Titans (19-8), who shot just 26.1 percent in the first half, trailed by nine early in the fourth quarter before storming back with a 13-2 burst. Juwan Flowers gave them their first lead, 53-51, on a three-pointer with 1:34 to go. Adam Chamberlain tied it with two free throws at the 1:10 mark.
Bliznyuk, who came in averaging better than 16 points per game, was out of rhythm most of the game, but had a big three during the fourth-quarter run and the Titans set up the final play for him. In overtime, Trey Burch-Manning put Beamer up quickly, giving him a team-high 19 points, but the Titans failed to score the rest of the way, missing nine straight shots.
Central Valley, which lost to Davis in the state championship game last year, was led by Austin Rehkow’s 19 points. Beau Byus had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bliznyuk had a season-low five.