FINAL: Bellevue 71, Wilson 59
To look ahead to the 2014-15 season on the final day of the state tournament would be a bit premature. When Chris O’Connor looks that way, though, he likes what he sees.
The picture is all the more golden now that Bellevue is taking home a third-place trophy. The No. 4 Wolverines held off No. 5 Wilson for a 71-59 win on Saturday to capture their highest finish since taking second in 2011.
Bellevue (24-4) will return five players from this season’s team — all were major contributors — including three starters. Kyle Foreman, a junior, is the reigning KingCo 3A/2A Player of the Year.
“We got a good five coming back,” coach Chris O’Connor said. “Developing some good young kids, so we’ll be back. It’s always rewarding to build your own guys through the program.”
If the win over an equally young, but talented Wilson squad is any indication, the Wolverines will be a major player next season. Up four, 47-43, early in the fourth quarter, Bellevue used an 8-2 run to gain separation. The Rams (23-5) were never able to overcame that deficit, as the Wolverines made enough free throws in the final minutes to secure the win.
Foreman led the way with 20 points, including six free throws down the stretch. Sophomore Sharif Khan added 13 points, while junior Gunther Klimes had 12 to go along with his eight rebounds.
Alphonso Anderson led Wilson with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
FINAL: O’Dea 64, Stanwood 50
When a team loses its first game at the state tournament, it has to quickly get past the disappointment of missing out on a chance at the title if it wants to bring home a trophy.
No. 10 O’Dea was able to do that and capped its season with a 64-50 win over No. 6 Stanwood to secure fourth place at the state tournament. Stanwood finishes sixth.
“We talked after that first loss, which was a tough loss, we basically talked to the kids about the fact that the next game will determine your character, what kind of character this team had,” O’Dea coach Al Hairston said. “We talked about bouncing back and we basically did that.
“It’s not easy to take a tough loss first game of the tournament.”
After a difficult opening-round loss against Wilson, the Irish bounced back for a close win over University. O’Dea didn’t have to play a tight game on Saturday. The Irish trailed in the opening minute, but that was it, as they opened a double-digit lead early and fended off each Stanwood push.
As it has all season, senior leadership stepped up for the Irish. Jamie Orme led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Jacob Lampkin scored 14 and grabbed 17 boards.
While Hairston was happy to send the seniors out on a good note, he is pleased at how it sets up the Irish for the future. O’Dea starts Quin Barnard, a sophomore, and has several more come off the bench to play significant minutes.
“Our sophomores are playing quality minutes and did a good job,” Hairston said. “That’s money in the bank for them because now they can build on that moving forward.”
Karsten Chaplik led Stanwood with 15 points, while Josh Thayer added 12. Thayer averaged 15.3 points in three games at the tournament.