The Gig Harbor High School youth basketball team dug itself out of an early pit against Rainier Beach in the quarterfinals of the state class 3A tournament at Tacoma Doom on Thursday afternoon, but failed to make the necessary stops in the fourth quarter, dropping 65-60.
Rainier Beach topped 12 at one point at the start, Gig Harbor looking somewhat overwhelmed from the tip.
“I think we were a bit stellar-eyed, we were on our heels from the start,” said Gig Harbor coach Billy Landram. “The beach was supposed to play yesterday, so they got a little more used to the environment. But we fought back and had our chances. “
For most of the first half Gig Harbor striker Luke Brown alone carried the Tides offense, knocking down punches from behind the arc. He finished with 18 points behind Tides and knocked down 4 of 9 shots from a distance of 3 points in defeat.
“Just preparation, preparation for the moment and the right mentality, always ready to shoot,” Brown said of his efforts.
Landram said Brown is not worried about this moment.
“He’s a really good player,” Landram said. “He is not embarrassed by the situation, the pressure, something like that. So this moment wasn’t going to be too big for him. He literally carried us all the first half. He can shoot shots. We try to get him the ball as much as possible, usually the other team tries to stop him at every opportunity. “
Gig Harbor beat Rainier Beach 17-12 in the third quarter and tied the game in the fourth, but the Vikings defeated the Tides 18:11 in the final and scored 55.1 percent off the field in the win.
“It was hard,” Brown said. “We started a little slow, but we’re a bunch of fighters. We are proud to return from such things. It was a great back and forth game and it all came down to who made a couple of throws in the end. “
Guard Gig Harbor Will Landrom managed to score 19 points in the game when shooting from a field of 8 out of 11, despite playing on an injured ankle. Throughout the competition Landram never looked at full strength and seemed to exacerbate the injury again in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t know,” said Billy Landram, Will’s father. “He’s very excited to play Dome and you’re not going to sit down if you get the chance. We wanted to be in full force, but he struggled. What is the alternative? ”
Rainier Beach was led by Namier Robinson (son of Nate Robinson) and Jaelin Green, who scored 15 points each. Miles Damon and Josh Connery Jr. scored 11 points each.
Rainier Beach will meet the winner of the game Mount Spokane against Mountlake Terrace in the semifinals on Friday, and Gig Harbor will meet the loser in this game in the consolation net at 10:30 on Friday.