Central Valley holds off Todd Beamer in Overtime, Books their Ticket to Tacoma

Saturday- Feb. 23 2013 4A Boys Regionals
Rogers High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Todd Beamer 7 16 15 15 2 55
Central Valley 16 14 15 8 8 61

Todd Beamer Junior Quadir Williams

Central Valley holds off Todd Beamer in Overtime, Books their Ticket to Tacoma
By Colin Caruso 

In this winner to Tacoma, loser out contest, the Todd Beamer Titans clashed with the Central Valley Bears in the 4pm game at Rogers High School.  The Central Valley band kept the crowd enthused during timeouts and halftime; they brought great energy from Spokane.

Central Valley jumped on Todd Beamer immediately following the tip-off.  The Bears started the game on 10-0 run, sprung by two three pointers from senior Austin Rehkow in the first three minutes of the contest.

Todd Beamer was caught off guard by the run; Central Valley played with more energy and completely controlled the glass, recording six offensive rebounds in the quarter.

The Titans began their comeback mid-way through the second, sparked by back to back baskets by junior Michael Stansberry.  Beamer’s outside looks began to fall, and Central Valley’s three point looks were just inches off.

Beamer took the momentum into the locker room down seven, 30-23.

Beamer continued to chip away at the Central Valley lead in the second half.  A layup by Stansberry cut the Bears lead to just three, but the Bears responded with a quick layup of their own and a three by Rehkow to extend the lead back to eight.

In the final quarter, Beamer again came out with great intensity, led by Burch-Manning who converted on two quick baskets to cut the lead to three with five minutes to play.

Titan senior Juwan Flowers continued the run and added two free-throws and a three pointer with 1:33 remaining to give Todd Beamer their first lead of the contest, 53-51.  Bears junior Adam Chamberlain answered from the line, hitting a pair of free-throws to tie the game at 53.

Todd Beamer would have one more shot at the buzzer in the fourth, but it fell short to send the game to overtime.

The Titans scored first in overtime with 3:10 to play on a put-back by Burch-Manning as he was fouled, unfortunately he did not convert on the free-throw.  That basket turned out to be Beamer’s final points.  Central Valley finished the game on an 8-0 run, four points from Rehkow and three points from junior Beau Byus to close out the Titans in overtime, 61-55.

Top Performers:
Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning (19 points, 7 rebounds)
Juwon Flowers (14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds)

Central Valley
Austin Rehkow (21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists)
Beau Byus (16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Todd Beamer handles Tahoma,
wins by 18

Friday- Feb. 15 -4A- West Central District
Mt. Tahoma 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tahoma 13 10 12 20 55
Todd Beamer 16 15 20 22 73

Todd Beamer handles Tahoma, wins by 18
By Colin Caruso 

The crowd was ready for this matchup between the Todd Beamer Titans and the Tahoma Bears, with a trip to regionals on the line.  Both teams executed well offensively in the first quarter, running half court sets against man to man defense that resulted in baskets.  Tahoma junior Coleman Woot filled up the stat sheet for the Bears in the quarter, with four points and six rebounds, but they trailed after one 16-13.

Beamer began their full court press in the second, trapping the Bears and forcing three early quarter turnovers.  The Titans extended their lead to as many as ten in the second behind eight points from sophomore guard Charles Frazier.  But Tahoma cut that lead to eight at the end of two, 31-23.

Coming out of the break, Todd Beamer continued to put offensive pressure on Tahoma, with back to back threes by Juwan Flowers to extend the Titan lead to 12.  Bogdon Bliznyuk contributed to the Beamer pull-away, scoring six points and pulling down five rebounds in the quarter.  Tahoma had a difficult time controlling their defensive glass in the quarter, allowing four offensive rebounds and six points off second chance baskets.

The game opened up offensively in the fourth, with the teams combining for 42 points.  Beamer pulled in front by as many as 21, and ended up closing out the contest by 18, 73-55.

Top Performers:
DeShon Williams (22 points, 7 rebounds)
Coleman Woot (12 points, 13 rebounds)
Paul Lorenger (9 points, 8 rebounds)

Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning (19 points)
Bogdon Bliznyuk (19 points, 7 rebounds)
Juwan Flowers (13 points, 6 rebounds)