Willowridge of Houston, Texas, spoiled Mercer Island's perfect holiday trip when they defeated the Islanders 52-47 in the championship game of the Don Bambauer Classic.

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MARIN, Calif. — Willowridge of Houston, Texas, spoiled Mercer Island’s perfect holiday trip when they defeated the Islanders 52-47 in the championship game of the Don Bambauer Classic played at Marin Catholic High School.

Trailing 46-30 with 2:40 left in the third quarter Mercer Island caught fire behind Noah Blakney and outscord Willowridge 17-4 in the next 7:30. Five different player scored for MI. in the final quarter.

Mercer Island (7-3) closed to 50-47 but failed to convert on three consecutive possessions in the last two minutes of the game after defensive stops.

Alex Stuck scored 16 points for MI, and Blakney had 15. Blakney, a senior was named with teammate Kael Kristof to the all-tournament team. Tournament MVP Brandon Johnson had 13 points for Willowridge (17-3). J

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