Rainier Beach Wins
3A Boys State Championship


Saturday- March 2 2013 3A Boys Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Rainier Beach 16 16 12 12 6 62
Lakeside 14 12 17 13 3 59

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Rainier Beach Wins 3A Boys State Championship, Conquers Lakeside for
Third Time this Season
By Colin Caruso 

In their fourth matchup of the season, with the season series 2-1 in favor of the Vikings, the Lakeside Lions and the Rainier Beach Vikings faced off for the third and most valuable championship of the season. Beach won the Metro title, Lakeside won the district title, and this one was for all the marbles, lifting the state championship trophy in the Tacoma Dome.

Beach scored the first four points of the game, but Lakeside answered with a quick 7-0 run, sparked by five points from junior D’Marques Tyson. The remainder of the quarter was played close; these two teams are so familiar with each other it would be tough to expect big runs from either team. Elijah Foster for the Vikings had the quarter high with eight, and Beach took a 16-14 lead into the second.

The Vikings began the second with a 7-0 run, increasing the speed in the contest and capitalizing on costly Lakeside turnovers. Star Shaqquan Aaron for the Vikings heated up in the quarter, knocking down two three pointers to lead the Vikings to a 32-26 half.

Beach scored the first five points in the third but Lakeside quickly responded with an 11-0 run to tie the gamenbehind six points from senior Matthew Poplawski, his first points of the contest. The teams exchanged baskets to end the quarter with Beach taking a one point lead into the fourth.

Lakeside took an early lead in the fourth, but Elijah Foster came up big again for the Vikings scoring four straight to put Beach up one with 3:18 remaining. Tyson answered with a three with three minutes remaining to put Lakeside up two, and Poplawski added a layup to go up four with two minutes on the clock.

A pair of free-throws by Naim Ladd from Beach trimmed Lakeside’s lead to just two, but Isabell responded for the Lions with a dribble drive layup with 1:08 on the clock to extend the lead to four, 56-52. Will Dorsey for the Vikings scored the next four points in the contest, knocking down two free throws and finishing on a spectacular layup to tie the game with 5.6 remaining.

Isabell caught the ensuing inbounds pass and drove right down the middle of the floor and was fouled but missed the front end with 1.6 remaining, sending the game to overtime.

Dorsey added four points in the overtime and Lakeside continued to struggle from the line, which came down to the difference in this game. Lakeside shot just 9/16 from the line in the game to Beach’s 18/24, and Beach pulled out the win, 62-59 in overtime. Congratulations to the back to back champions!

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Elijah Foster (18 points, 10 rebounds)
Will Dorsey (15 points, 4 rebounds)

D’Marques Tyson (14 points, 10 rebounds)
Tramaine Isabell (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals)

Curtis Wins 4A Boys State Crown

Saturday- March 2 2013 4A Boys Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Curtis 13 18 11 18 60
Jackson 11 8 14 23 56

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Curtis Wins 4A State Crown in their Backyard,
Gives Undefeated Jackson their First Loss
By Colin Caruso 

With electric crowds from both schools present, the undefeated Jackson Timberwolves took on the Curtis Vikings for the 4A boys state title. Curtis started strong, forcing three early turnovers and turning those into transition baskets to begin the contest on an 11-4 run. With nine first quarter points from junior Brian Zehr, Jackson was able to trim the Curtis lead to two points after the first.

Curtis jumped out to a 21-11 lead in the second, stemmed by an 8-0 run to start the quarter. Five Vikings scored in the quarter to extend their lead to 32-19 at half.

Jackson needed a run early in the third and the Timberwolves responded. Jackson was able to trim the lead to six points in the middle of the quarter and closed the quarter down nine, 42-33.

With a comfortable nine point lead, the Vikings began to slow their pace of play and exhaust more time. This turned out to be counterproductive for the Vikings, as Jackson came out on an 11-2 run in the fourth, and eventually took a two point lead in the quarter. But Andre Lewis and Isom Brown would not back down for the Vikings, scoring 11 points as a pair in the fourth and extending the Curtis lead to three.

The Timberwolves had a chance with eight seconds left to tie the game with a three, but couldn’t secure the ball and turned it over to the Vikings, who sealed the contest with a free-throw. Congratulations to Curtis who held on for an amazing win!

Top Performers:
Dominic Robinson (20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals)
Isom Brown (16 points)

Dan Kingma (18 points, 3 steals)
Jason Todd (10 points, 9 rebounds)
Brian Zehr (15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks)