MOUNTLAKE TERRACE – Nothing but Barnard.
His team trailing by one with time winding down, O’Dea sophomore Quin Barnard launched a rainbow three-pointer from the deep corner that barely disturbed the net as it arced through the hoop with 20 seconds left to lift the Irish to a dramatic 73-69 win over Shorecrest Friday night in a round-of-16 thriller.
“I thought it was good the whole time,” said the 5-foot-11 Barnard, who finished with a game-high 26. “There was no way I could have missed that shot.”
The heart-clutching win sends 10th-ranked O’Dea (17-10) to the round of eight at the 3A state tournament next week at Tacoma. Shorecrest, which had won 11 straight games entering this matchup, finishes 17-7.
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A tight game throughout, O’Dea led by three to open the fourth quarter and scored the first eight points of the period, a run started by a one of Barnard’s five three-pointers, giving the Irish a 62-51 lead.
Sparked by Conin Oishi’s slick passing and Massamba Njadoe’s tireless effort under the boards, Shorecrest battled back to take a 69-68 lead with 1:12 left in the game after Najdoe battled inside for a tough layin.
After an exchange of turnovers, the ball found its way back into Barnard’s hands in the corner and the shot clock winding down.
“We needed a big play,” Barnard said. “Our seniors didn’t get to the Tacoma Dome last year. I had to get that shot for them.”
Trailing 71-69 Shorecrest had a decent look at a game-winning shot, but Oishi’s three-pointer with two seconds left bounced off the front of the rim. Jacob Lampkin rebounded the miss, got fouled and sank two free throws with a tenth of a second on the clock to ice the win.
“I’m so proud of this team,” Barnard said. “I can’t believe we won this game. The crowd was just insane here. It was definitely a home-court advantage for them. We just had to keep our composure. We knew we were going to get it at the end. We just had to stay together.”
Lampkin, O’Dea’s 6-9 senior center, finished with 15 points and 6-6 senior guard Jame Orme scored 10.
Njadoe led Shorecrest with 23. Oishi scored 13 and dished out a number of terrific assists. Daniel Ghebremichael finished with 12.
King’s 83, Hoquiam 51
In a 1A regional game at Mountlake Terrace, freshman Corey Kispert came off the bench to score a team-high 24 points, sinking seven three-pointers, and lead King’s to an ostensibly easy win. Yet the Knights (23-2) led by just three in the third quarter, then broke the game open with a 25-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter.
Junior Calvin Kispert scored 14 for King’s and Daniel Fouty and Brett Jones each finished with 11. Evan Newton and Jerod Steen each scored 11 for Hoquiam (17-8).