It's a good thing Brandon Moore takes losing personally. A day later, that essentially meant the top-ranked Bethel High School boys basketball team would bounce back big time. The 6-foot-8 senior bounced back...
TACOMA It’s a good thing Brandon Moore takes losing personally.
A day later, that essentially meant the top-ranked Bethel High School boys basketball team would bounce back big time.
The 6-foot-8 senior bounced back big time himself, scoring a career-high 25 points and hauling down 16 rebounds as the Braves rebounded for a decisive 62-44 win over Kentridge yesterday at the second annual South Sound Classic at the Tacoma Dome.
Most important, Bethel (3-1) got back on the winning track after falling at Curtis 72-70 in double overtime on Friday.
“Coach (Pat) Mullen wants 32 minutes of hard play,” said Moore, who has signed to play at Eastern Washington. “After we lost last night, we needed to come back with two times as much effort. We’ve got a target on our backs and teams are going to come out at us with their best game. I appreciate that.”
Moore, who had 11 points in Friday’s loss, delivered his best game of the young season.
“I think we need to be more consistent getting the ball inside,” Mullen said. “We need Brandon to consistently do that. Sometimes he disappears. Our big men have been missing easy shots. We need to score inside.”
Senior point guard Jordan Sutton scored 19 for Bethel.
Freshman Renado Parker led Kentridge (2-2) with 12 points.
Other boys games
Lincoln 56, Mountain View 49
Senior forward B.J. Miller scored 16 of his 18 in the first half as the Abes (5-0) from Tacoma rallied from 14 down to beat the Thunder (2-3).
Steilacoom 68, Fife 45
Senior Marcel Harding scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as the Class 2A Sentinels (3-0) downed the 3A Trojans. Colby Davies added 14 points for Steilacoom, which led by as many as 24.
North Thurston 70, Lakes 63
Colton Monti, a 6-foot senior guard, scored a game-high 32 as the Rams (4-0) built a 25-point lead in the first half and hung on to beat the Lancers (1-5).
Auburn Riverside 63, Spanaway Lake 55
Senior guard Brandon Smith scored a game-high 22 as the Ravens (3-2) erased a nine-point, first-quarter deficit to the Sentinels (1-4).
Foss 70, Mark Morris 64
The Falcons (2-0) upset the Monarchs (1-1), fourth-ranked among Class 3A schools, with a strong second half and 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line in the final 1:01. Foss senior guard Desmond Martin had 23 points. Josh Wilson topped Mark Morris with 20 points.
Olympia 79, Shorecrest 47
Jason Briggs, a 6-2 senior guard, delivered 21 points as the Bears (2-1) downed the Scots (0-2). Junior guard Brandon Bible led Shorecrest with 12.
Curtis 71, Bellarmine Prep 56
Isaiah Thomas led three players in double-figure scoring with 19 points as the Vikings (3-0) pulled away in the second half. The Lions (2-1) got 25 points from Brandon Stout.
Evergreen (Vancouver) 58, White River 53
The Plainsmen (3-1), ranked sixth among Class 4A schools, blew a 12-point, third-quarter lead, but salvaged the win with 8-of-14 free-throw shooting in the fourth. Guards Josh Troyer (16 points) and Cory Neal (15) led Evergreen in scoring, and Neal sank 10 of 10 free throws, including 6 of 6 in the fourth. White River (2-3), which was paced by senior Tyler Nixon’s game-high 25 points, took a 44-43 lead on a Jacob McCleary layin with 3:49 to play but Evergreen went on a 5-0 run.
Lincoln 63, Puyallup 38
Alex Montgomery scored 19 and Dorothy Wood pitched in 14 as the No. 15 Abes (4-0) dominated. Junior Danika Lawson led Puyallup (3-2) with 13 points.
Capital 57, Rogers 38
Maggie Goldenberger supplied 20 points for the Cougars (3-1) from Olympia. Dominique Simmons and Nicole Derosier had 10 points each for the Rams (0-4) of Puyallup.
River Ridge 75, Emerald Ridge 36
Gabby Wade popped in 17 points as the No. 5 Hawks (4-0) from Lacey pulled away with a 39-14 advantage over the middle two quarters against Emerald Ridge (3-1).
Curtis 41, Bellarmine Prep 40
WSU-bound Ebonee Coates banked in the game-winning layin with 8.6 seconds left as the Vikings (3-0) rallied late. Chrissy Triller led the Lions (1-1) with 12 points.
Kentlake 43, Central Kitsap 39
The 16th-ranked Falcons (3-1) escaped after blowing an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead to Central Kitsap (2-1). Allyson Sievers led Kentlake with 17 points and made two free throws with 17.8 seconds left.