TACOMA — Finally, long after it could have, the season ended for the Seattle Prep boys basketball team.

After a tough loss to O’Dea in overtime on Thursday, the Panthers lost 73-62 to Kamiakin (21-4) on Friday morning.

After winning six consecutive loser-out games, the magic ran out. But for a Seattle Prep team with just one senior starter (Nic Welp) and the rest of the rotation being underclassmen, the chances of getting back to the Tacoma Dome again next year seem good.

“I’m really proud of our guys to win six loser-out games,” Seattle Prep coach Michael Kelly said. “I think we were resilient, but honestly I think our legs just gave out in the second half with the grind of what we had to do to get here and the game that we had yesterday.”

That game Kelly referenced was one of the best at the Tacoma Dome this year. Seattle Prep (23-8) had a great chance to advance to the Class 3A semifinals, leading O’Dea by nine points late in the third quarter.

The Panthers had two chances to win at the end of regulation, first on a three-pointer, then on a putback at the buzzer that just missed. O’Dea pulled away in overtime for a 65-55 win.


Kamiakin took control in the second half and was helped when Seattle Prep’s team manager started yapping at the referees near the end of the third quarter, and the Panthers bench was called for a technical foul.

Under the rules, a bench technical means the coach has to remain seated. Kelly protested and the fourth quarter was delayed for several minutes as the matter was discussed. Kelly lost that battle as well.

Seattle Prep sophomore guard Braeden Smith had 44 points in three games at the Tacoma Dome to lead his team and junior guard Kyle Carlesimo had 37.

“It’s been a fun few days,” Kelly said. “We got to experience the Dome and watch our girls team play. I think we were mentally and emotionally ready to play today. But physically, it just wore on us.”


  • The Wilson of Tacoma boys, the No. 2 seed in the RPI rankings, will play Olympia for fourth and sixth place after a 75-66 win over Marysville-Pilchuck. The Rams (23-4) had won 14 straight until running into Metro League foes. They lost to O’Dea last Friday in a regional game. Eastside Catholic eliminated them from title contention on Thursday.
  • The Seattle Prep girls also had their magic in loser-out games end in a 48-32 loss to Mount Spokane. The Panthers had won five consecutive loser-out games and gave No. 1 Eastside Catholic a big scare before losing 52-48.
  • Was there a lid on the rim? The Highlanders from Shoreline must have thought so, shooting 15 percent from the field (8 of 53) in their 40-30 loss to Bethel and were 3 of 27 on two-point shots. Shorecrest (22-5) led 14-13 at halftime despite making just 4 of 28 shots. Tiarra Brown scored 20 for Bethel, half her team’s points. The Braves shot 32 percent (13 of 41).