The No. 3 Vikings hand the No. 5 Franklin Quakers their first league loss of the season, 92-84.
In a sloppy game, Rainier Beach senior Freddie Roberson offered flashes of brilliance.
With Franklin challenging, Roberson scored eight points in a two-minute span late in the fourth quarter to help preserve a 92-84 win for the No. 3 Vikings on Friday night.
“Nobody can stop Freddie going left,” said Rainier Beach senior Kevin Porter Jr., who led all scorers with 29 points. “He just kept going left, and he was getting bucket after bucket. We told him to keep going until they stopped him and they never did.”
When the No. 5 Quakers (10-2, 6-1 Metro) double-teamed him in the second half, Roberson was ready. He finished with 19 points.
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Careless fouls and ball-handling kept both teams from taking control of the game. A three-pointer by senior guard Trevante Anderson with a second left gave Beach a 48-42 lead headed into the break.
“I told our guys if we kept it down in the 60s, we had a great shot (at winning),” Franklin coach Craig Jackson said. “But we played right into their hand.”
Franklin was down 67-66 with 34.7 seconds left in the third quarter. Senior point guard Marquan Williams committed a foul on Anderson on a three-point attempt that started a quick spiral.
Anderson made the three free throws. Then Curtis (18 points) and Porter nailed three-pointers to open the final quarter as they built a 10-point lead. Jackson called for a timeout, only to see Porter collect a steal and hit a jumper for a 78-66 lead with 6:40 left in the game.
Franklin also lost senior leading scorer Maurice Barnett. He suffered a knee injury last summer and felt a pop during a dunk attempt in the fourth quarter. He finished with 20 points.
The Quakers pulled within 80-76 after a three-pointer by Williams, then Roberson took over for Beach (7-2, 4-0). Williams finished with 20 points.
“We saw Freddie had a mismatch, so we gave it to him and he did what he was supposed to do,” said Anderson, who finished with 15 points. “It was a rivalry game, so things that don’t ever happen, happened. We fought through and got it done.”
In terms of things that don’t usually happen, Porter flopped on a breakaway dunk with 6:52 left in the opening quarter. Beach coach Mike Bethea immediately called for a timeout, his team down 6-0.
“I’m coming off a (left) hip injury, so I’m trying to get my balance back up,” said Porter, who laughed along with the Franklin crowd at his missed dunk. “I was impressed how I was able to jump after I missed the first one. I’m trying to get back in my mojo.”