What one national publication billed as the most anticipated high-school boys basketball game in the nation this week didn't disappoint last night as Martell Webster scored 29...

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What one national publication billed as the most anticipated high-school boys basketball game in the nation this week didn’t disappoint last night as Martell Webster scored 29 points to lead Seattle Prep past O’Dea 60-56.

Seattle Prep, the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state, sank 19 of 21 free throws in the game and pulled away in the final quarter to beat last year’s state champions before a turn-away crowd at O’Dea.

“In the past, they’ve said we were not a defensive team,” said the Washington-bound Webster, a 6-foot-6 guard who grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists. “Tonight we had to prove that we are and we proved it, and I’m so proud of our team. We stepped it up.”

The Seattle Prep-O’Dea rivalry is one of the best in the state, and to win on the opponents’ court to improve to 5-0, as Prep did last night, is special.

The win meant a lot to new Seattle Prep coach Michael Kelly, who attended a Catholic high school and college in California and left Redmond High School to coach at Prep.

“It’s exciting to be back in a Catholic school atmosphere,” said Kelly. “Catholic school vs. Catholic school. … There’s something special about it. My father-in-law went to Prep.”

Seattle Prep’s 6-11 junior Spencer Hawes scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds.

“Hawes just seemed to get a bucket when we needed it,” Kelly said.

Seattle Prep led 34-21 at halftime, then the second-ranked Irish stormed back by outscoring the Panthers 19-7 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 41-40 after three periods.


O’Dea’s Mitch Johnson, left, and Jamelle McMillan trap Seattle Prep’s Jordan Bremond.

There were two ties and three lead changes in the final period before Seattle Prep went ahead for good, 46-45, on a three-point basket by Jordan Bremond with 4:10 to play.

Stanford-bound Mitch Johnson led the Irish (5-2 overall, 4-1 Metro) with 22 points.

“They came out and threw a punch at us, and we didn’t really counter until the second half,” Johnson said. “It’s tough to get deep in the hole like that … It’s a four-quarter game, and especially when you are playing a team that talented and that good across the board, you have to bring it the whole game. There were so many little plays — little turnovers we shouldn’t have made, little chippies (baskets) we should have made. Missed layups. Not executing the offense. Back-door cuts we allowed. The little things. The good thing is we played this well early on and we know we can get that much better.”

It was the second straight loss for O’Dea, which lost to Jefferson of Portland 69-56 Saturday.

Johnson added, “It’s a four-month season and we’re only in the first month.”

Among the spectators for the showdown were Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Stanford coach Trent Johnson.

Other Metro games

At Eastside Catholic 57, Bainbridge 54

Junior Cordell Robinson hit a 15-foot jump shot with 20 seconds left and added a critical free throw to lift the Crusaders (2-6, 1-4) to a Metro Mountain win. John Bruns led the Spartans (2-3, 2-3) with 17, and Theo Miller added 15. Jason Butler scored 16 for EC, and Robinson contributed 12.

At Bishop Blanchet 54,

Lakeside 45

Nick Running hit three three-pointers to score nine of his career-high 25 in the third quarter as the Braves (2-3, 2-3) had a 23-9 advantage in the period for a Metro Mountain win. Running also had five rebounds and two assists. Andrew Doggett’s 15 led the Lions (2-5, 1-4).

At Cleveland 90, West Seattle 76

Bernard Banks hit five three-pointers and scored a team-high 24, and Isiah Brooks added 17 points and 10 assists for the Eagles (5-2, 3-2) in a Metro South win. Louie Sanchez scored 26 for West Seattle (3-2, 3-2).

Chief Sealth 58,

at Ingraham 51

The Seahawks (2-4, 2-3) outscored the Rams (0-6, 0-5) 41-23 in the second half for a Metro Sound win. Isaac Jimcoily scored a game-high 24 for Ingraham. Melvin Jones led Sealth with 14 points