At Ingraham High School, the top-ranked Rainier Beach boys booked a trip to regionals with a 69-58 win over Bellevue and advanced to the district semifinals against O'Dea.
Mike Bethea walked out of a locker room at Ingraham High School and, before a question could be asked, before mentioning his 400th career win, the Rainier Beach boys basketball coach wanted to make one thing clear.
“We need to learn how to finish,” Bethea said after Tuesday’s 69-58 win over Bellevue in the Sea-King 3A District Tournament.
The Vikings (22-2), who booked a trip to the regional round of the state playoffs, led by double figures most of the game but, each time they took control, they relaxed. They let the Wolverines (18-6) back in the game.
“We just got careless,” Bethea said. “We get complacent with a big lead. We’ve just got to be smarter.”
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Rainier Beach advances to play O’Dea in the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bellevue College. Bellevue plays a loser-out game against Mercer Island at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bellevue College.
If Bethea seemed critical of his team after the win, it is because he believes his top-ranked Vikings are capable of making a state-title run and he wants to make sure the message sinks in.
“It will, it definitely will,” Bethea said. “Sometimes it’s better explained on film. Sometimes the kids need a visual aid to see exactly what we’ve been talking about.”
Anrio Adams scored a game-high 28 points for Rainier Beach, while Cole Walton scored 19 for Bellevue.
“We’ve got a lot of improving to do,” said Vikings junior Marquis Davis. “We’re going to work hard at practice and do what we need to do.”
Before slipping back into the locker room to rejoin his team, Bethea was asked about his milestone coaching victory.
“At this point in time, it hasn’t sunk in,” he said. “But the bigger picture is, man, we get to go to state. Four hundred, that’s an accomplishment. I’m just thankful for the guys going out and getting coach No. 400.
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O’Dea 65, Mercer Island 43
O’Dea continued to play its best basketball late in the season, cruising past Mercer Island to guarantee a trip to the regional round of the state playoffs.
Four of five starters finished in double figures for the No. 8 Irish (18-6), led by forward Dana Abe (18 points) and Jalen Ward (16 points). Kaleb Warner scored 14 for the Islanders (19-8).
Seattle Prep 58, Liberty 38
Nicole Hall scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second quarter for eighth-ranked Seattle Prep. The Panthers (19-5), who held the Patriots to five points in the third quarter, play fourth-ranked Franklin at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals at Bellevue College. Liberty (16-8) plays Juanita at 8:15 p.m. Friday in a loser-out game at Bellevue College. Delane Agnew scored nine for Liberty.
Franklin 54, Juanita 36
Fourth-ranked Franklin won its 15th straight game and earned a trip to the regional round of the state playoffs. Patrice Toston scored a game-high 18, while JaDea Brundidge added 12 for the Quakers (19-3). Kate Cryderman scored nine for the Rebels (19-5).