There were only 6.0 seconds on Skyline gym’s clock when the man sitting next to me said goodbye. “I’ve got a kid to pick up,” he said. Six seconds left in the first overtime, Bellevue leading 72-69 and sharpshooter Aaron Bright at the line for one more shot, it seemed like the Wolverines were about to have it wrapped up.
Then Bright missed, then Skyline’s Nick Crossan made what might be the most amazing buzzer-beater of the year, and then the teams went two more overtimes until Bellevue won 93-86.
And some kid somewhere was left waiting. Because when I looked across the court, the man had taken a seat by the door and didn’t escape until the end.
And Bellevue-Skyline wasn’t the only bedtime-breaker Tuesday night. Franklin and Inglemoor — these two always play close, it seems — went to double overtime before the second-ranked Quakers won 91-82. And down south, Kentridge took lone hold of first place in the SPSL North with an overtime win against Federal Way.
But back to Bellevue-Skyline. What was obvious Tuesday, even with Bellevue down a couple regulars, was how different a team Skyline is from last season. There wasn’t a moment where it didn’t look like the Spartans couldn’t win the game, not until the last couple minutes of the third overtime.
“We’re disappointed,” Skyline coach J. Jay Davis said. “We think we’re a good basketball team and we wanted to win.”
In his first year, Davis has guided the Spartans — winners of only 18 games total in the last three seasons — to 10 league wins this season. They will likely have to settle for third or fourth in the conference (a big Feb. 7 game vs. Issaquah could decide that), but it’s possibly the start of a turnaround with the Spartans moving to Class 4A next season.
1. Glen Dean, Roosevelt, boys basketball. Senior’s heating up as the postseason approaches. He scored 30 last night in a win against Redmond that snapped a two-game losing streak.
2. Katie Grad, Auburn Riverside, girls basketball. Wazzu-bound guard scored 29 to keep the Ravens undefeated in the SPSL 3A.
3. Will Bush, Inglemoor, boys basketball. Scored 34 points to help Inglemoor force double overtime against No. 2 Franklin, but the Quakers won 91-82.
Tonight’s top games
Franklin at Inglemoor, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Eighth-ranked Inglemoor can clinch first place in the KingCo Lake if it can halt the Quakers, who have won five straight.
Issaquah at Mercer Island, boys basketball, 8 p.m. The Issaquah boys’ only hope to possibly repeat as KingCo 3A champs is to win tonight against the Islanders, who have to lose in the state.