DeShon Williams had a career-high 29 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks as the Bears advanced in the Bothell Christmas Tournament.
BOTHELL — At some point in the near future, Tahoma junior DeShon Williams will have a difficult choice to make. Football or basketball?
Because it’s basketball season, Williams is living in the moment — make that thriving in the moment.
Williams piled up a career-high 29 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks in 106-74 boys basketball victory over Kamiak Thursday night in the Bothell Christmas Tournament.
The Bears (6-2) play Bothell, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team, in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Issaquah plays Edmonds-Woodway in the other semifinal at 7.
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“During football season, football is my favorite and during basketball season, basketball’s my favorite,” said Williams, who hit 12 of 22 shots and 4 of 6 free throws. “So, it’s just kind of a toss-up between what season I’m in.”
The 6-foot-3 Williams is a football receiver.
“I just want to bring energy, and I want to find any way to help my team win,” he said. “It could be rebounding, scoring or defense. I want to help other players do the same.”
Junior Coleman Wooten chipped in with 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting and had nine rebounds for the balanced Bears, who out-rebounded Kamiak 62-32. Paul Loranger, a 6-11 senior, continued his improved play with 17 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and two blocked shots. Ethan McCormack added 13 points.
The Knights (4-4), who made 14 of 38 three-point attempts, trailed only 61-52 after an 8-0 run in the third quarter. But it was all Bears the rest of the way even though Kamiak continued to push the pace.
Imaan Vicente led the Knights with 18 points. Aman Hussein added 16 while hitting 4 of 5 three-point attempts.
Jason Smarr scored 17 points and the Warriors (5-3) built a big early lead and coasted past the Rams (1-7) despite freshman guard Jovan Owens’ 24 points (22 in the second half). The Rams went scoreless over the final 11:06 of the first half.
Issaquah 46, Shorecrest 45
Ryan Sexton swished a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining after gathering a loose ball to rescue the Eagles, ranked No. 8 in 4A, from defeat.
The Eagles (6-2) trailed 45-44 after Benny Ortega’s layin with 24.5 seconds left for the Scots (5-4). Conin Oishi lead Shorecrest with 17 points. Ty Gibson had 12 points for the Eagles.
Bothell 86, Highline 51
The Cougars (8-0) put on an offensive display with 11 dunks, and UCLA commit Zach LaVine scored 29 points in less than three quarters. Perrion Callandret scored 19 and Josh Martin added 17 points and 14 rebounds for Bothell. Erik Anderson and Anthony Grandberry led Highline (1-8) with 21 and 18 points, respectively.