An absolutely tremendous game to end the Bothell Holiday Classic, as the Cougars held on to beat Ballard 45-42. The big ticket name, Josh Martin, ended up with the tournament MVP award, but didn’t play a huge part in Monday’s finale due to foul trouble.
Martin was relegated to the bench for much of the first half and eventually fouled out with 1:52 to play.
“That was big that we had a couple of guys step up and we did it defensively and rebound wise when we didn’t have the height,” Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said. “We had a bunch of guards out there. That was gutty.”
Ballard also had to play much of the game without one of its best players, forward Chase Deger. Foul trouble plagued Deger — he picked up two in the games first couple minutes — and then injuries forced him off the court. After a collision with Martin in the second half, Deger took awhile to get up and limped off with an ankle injury. He eventually returned, but would foul out with 4:14 to play. Deger held an ice pack to the right side of his face on the bench.
Ballard had a chance to take the lead with 10 seconds left, but Nick Brown’s three-pointer was no good and a put-back attempt didn’t get close.
Martin scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds (also had six turnovers) to lead Bothell and secured the tournament MVP award. Ross Bowers added nine points. Brown led Ballard with 15 points and 11 rebounds.