Seattle Prep's Michael Kelly was wary of traveling to Bainbridge Island. Last night's trip, which included a 35-minute ferry ride, was worrisome for the coach of the state's third-ranked...
BAINBRIDGE Seattle Prep’s Michael Kelly was wary of traveling to Bainbridge Island. Last night’s trip, which included a 35-minute ferry ride, was worrisome for the coach of the state’s third-ranked Class 3A boys basketball team.
Turns out Kelly’s fears were well-founded, as his team narrowly escaped turbulent waters.
Seattle Prep finally got on track, kept itself afloat and avoided a big upset with a 50-45 victory over Bainbridge in a Metro League Mountain Division game.
“People asked me about tough games, and I had this game marked on the calendar,” the first-year Prep coach said. “This game made me very nervous. Our kids handled the adversity well.
“The kids are starting to realize every team is going to play hard against them. Teams want to say, ‘We beat them.’ “
Martell Webster overcame a two-point first half and finished with a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers. He left after taking a blow to the head late in the game.
“They put a triangle and a box-and-one on us to test our other kids into making plays,” Kelly said. “Plus, they pressured Martell to try and make him hurry. I think we could’ve said this was too hard, but we didn’t.”
Spencer Hawes used his 6-foot-11 frame for 10 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Panthers (4-0) as they avoided the fate of highly ranked Prep and Cleveland teams that came to Bainbridge and were upset in 2002-03.
Bainbridge, which was led by senior Grant Leslie’s 14 points and four three-pointers, cut a seven-point deficit to 47-45 with 39.6 seconds left. Coby Gibler’s putback basket left the Spartans trailing by two, but Prep sank 3 of 6 free throws the rest of the way.
“A team like Bainbridge that shoots the threes and crashes the boards is never out of it,” Hawes said.
Junior guard Jordan Bremond chipped in 14 points and sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final 2:02 for Prep. Theo Miller, a 6-6 junior, scored 12 for Bainbridge.
Webster took a shot to the side of his head with 14.7 seconds left. He laid on the floor in pain for a couple of minutes and likely will see a doctor today.
O’Dea 48, at Bishop Blanchet 29
Top-ranked O’Dea turned to pressure defense to trigger a 16-3 third-quarter run that broke open a close game. The Irish (5-0, 4-0) led the Braves (1-3, 1-3) only 22-16 at halftime. Conor Mullen led all scorers with 17 points for O’Dea.
At Rainier Beach 90, Cleveland 60
The No. 2 Vikings (3-1, 3-1) outrebounded the Eagles 42-18 in a Sound Division win. Rainier Beach trailed after one quarter before taking a 12-point halftime lead. Terrence Williams hit 2 of 3 three-point attempts, scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds for Beach. James Morgan and Emeka Iweka each had a dozen rebounds for the Vikings.
At West Seattle 67, Chief Sealth 51
Louie Sanchez scored 18 points, Obinna Okolie 16 and Mo Robale 14 to lead the Wildcats (3-1, 3-1) to their third Sound Division win. Reggie Rogers led Sealth (1-3, 1-3) with 19 points.
At Lakeside 33, Eastside Catholic 30
Senior center Andrew Doggett hit three key free throws and made a big assist down the stretch for Lakeside (1-3, 1-3) in a Mountain Division win. Eastside Catholic (1-6, 0-4) missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. Doggett had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Lions.
Nathan Hale 68, at Ingraham 57
The Raiders played solid man-to-man defense in the final eight minutes and pulled away after leading by a point through three quarters. Michael Woolley, a 6-4 senior, scored 27 points for Hale (4-1, 3-1). The Raiders made 15 of 24 free throws. Isaac Jimcoily led the Rams (0-5, 0-4) with 24.