The Wichita State signee scored 40 points to lead Timberline to a 87-68 win over Seattle Prep.

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TACOMA — His team was torched by Wichita State signee Erik Stevenson and didn’t play as well as he knows it can. But Seattle Prep boys basketball coach Michael Kelly didn’t want to dwell on their shortcomings Wednesday.

“We’re going to go back into the locker room and think about all the positive things that we have going on here,” Kelly said as he ambled away from the court. “I don’t think we’ll spend much time thinking about this one.”

Stevenson erupted for a season-high 41 points to lead No. 5 seed Timberline (20-6) over No. 13 Seattle Prep 87-68 at the Tacoma Dome, ending the Panthers’ season.

Timberline shot 54.4 percent from the field (31 of 57) and 38.9 percent from three-point range (7 of 18) to hang a season-high 87 points on Seattle Prep.

“He was a tough cover, and I just wasn’t very good today in helping our team find solutions with him,” Kelly said. “We just had a tough time making things tough for him to score.”

It’s hard to blame Kelly for fixating on the positives after the season-ending loss. He said he was proud of his team posting a 11-4 record in the Metro League gauntlet, advancing to the Tacoma Dome and, of course, handing No. 1 Garfield its only loss to date in the Sea­King District playoffs.

“It was a great feeling, not only knocking them off for their first loss but qualifying for regionals was huge,” senior Kalu Stricklin said. “Winning that game was phenomenal. It was a great feeling, and we’ll remember that for the rest of our lives.”

The Panthers’ (17-11) pitfall on Wednesday was a 21-4 run that Timberline began late in the first quarter and spilled over into the second to take a 31-20 lead. The Blazers led 41-33 at half.

Prep kept itself within striking distance for most of the game, but couldn’t inch further than eight points of Timberline.

Nic Lynch posted a double-double for Prep with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Stricklin led the Panthers in scoring with 21.

Casson Rouse chipped in 18 points and Eli Morton added 15 for the Blazers. Stevenson also had eight steals to go along with his 41 points.

The Panthers graduate seven seniors, including starters Lynch, a Lehigh signee, Stricklin and Jaxon Woodward. The Panthers made it to the Tacoma Dome in three of their four seasons of eligibility.

“The program has been doing well and has a foundation, but they put in some other blocks into that foundation,” Kelly said. “They were extremely selfless. They played together. They persevered. They got big wins. They were always in the mix. … They’ve done nothing but put bricks into the tradition-rich program we have here.”