Al Hairston wanted to make one message clear.
“You got 3½ minutes to play in your basketball career if you don’t step it up,” he told O’Dea during a timeout with just less than four minutes to play Friday.
The No. 10 Irish took the words to heart and knocked off University, 47-45, in a consolation-bracket game. O’Dea (18-11) advances to face Stanwood in the fourth-place game Saturday at 8 a.m. University’s season comes to an end.
With 3:46 left, senior Tyler Kidd had just hit a pair of free throws to give the Irish a 43-42 lead.
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O’Dea got a pair of stops out of the timeout and Jacob Lampkin and Jamar Kemp followed with layups to push the lead to 47-42 with about two minutes remaining. Michael Isotalo responded with a three-pointer, cutting the O’Dea lead to 47-45.
University (16-11) had one final opportunity at the buzzer. Andrew Schimmels’ running jumper from the top of the key was off the mark, though, and O’Dea escaped with the win.
Lampkin led O’Dea with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Stanwood 66, Shadle Park 54
The determination didn’t come right away, but by the time Stanwood met for dinner on Thursday, Zach Ward saw it in his team.
The No. 6 Spartans had suffered just one loss all season, but were then blown out by Bellevue in their first state-tournament appearance since 2010. Ward told the players that they had until 5 p.m. to mope about the loss.
When Stanwood showed up Friday for its consolation-bracket game, it came prepared, topping Shadle Park, 66-54. The Spartans advance to Saturday’s fourth-place game against O’Dea, while the Highlanders’ season comes to a close.
“I think their mindset was different today more than anything,” Ward said. “We’re just getting to Saturday. We’re going to do what it takes.”
That meant getting forward Drew Stang more touches down low. Stang converted the opportunities, pouring in a game-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The senior also grabbed 12 rebounds, six on the offensive glass. Josh Thayer added 18 points for Stanwood. The Spartans (24-2) led by as much as 20 in the second half and Shadle Park (10-15) rallied to cut the deficit to 11, but that would be as close as it would get.