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February 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Flashback: Mt. Rainier-Seattle Prep

I noted in Saturday’s “morning stars” that Alfie Miller and Jon Morine, Mt. Rainier’s top two scorers, returned from suspensions on Friday night, just in time to help the Rams secure the second spot in the Seamount League. They’ll play Enumclaw on Friday for seeding in the West Central-Southwest bi-district tournament.

Perhaps there, Miller can recreate the theatrics of the previous postseason. In the next installment of my occasional looks back at last year’s state tournaments, I remember Miller’s buzzer-beater against Seattle Prep

As our Craig Smith wrote for the next day:

Alfie Miller, a junior guard for Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, hit an 18-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to beat Seattle Prep 71-69.

That kind of excitement before a pumped-up crowd of about 3,000 was what (Hec) Edmundson had in mind when he and another Huskies coach, Tubby Graves, organized the first state tournament in 1923.

The Rams were actually down 60-49 midway through the fourth of the first-round game, and Seattle Prep looked well on its way to victory. But Miller, who scored a game-high 25, and the Rams surged back and finished the game on a 22-9 run. With the game tied at 69, Mt. Rainier called a timeout with 32.9 seconds left. The Rams ran down the clock. From the left wing, Mark Otero drove and dished to Miller, who made the jumper.

This year, both teams are well-positioned for a return to state. But just maybe it will take a shot like Miller’s to get there.

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