Published December 18, 2010
Big second half helps Bears stay unbeatenGRANT CLARK; Contributing writer
OLYMPIA - It's easy to overlook all the little things Olympia High's Alex Weber-Brader does on the basketball court because he's such a gifted scorer. The ability to defend the perimeter as well as scrap it up in the paint? Check. A prolific rebounder at both ends? Yes. The willingness to dive on the floor and come up with the hustle plays when called upon? The senior does that too. All of those characteristics were on display in the Bears’ latest triumph as Weber-Brader scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power Olympia to a 69-54 Narrows League 4A victory over visiting Bellarmine Prep on Friday night. “Everyone contributed tonight,” said Weber-Brader, last year’s Narrows League Bay Division MVP. “We’re just having a lot of fun playing right now.” Marcus Raschkow added 13 points and Jamey Smith chipped in 12 despite playing limited minutes due to foul trouble to help the Bears improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. Kyle Foege scored a team-high 16 points for Bellarmine Prep, which also got 11 points from Sefo Liufau. Trailing by two at halftime, Olympia scored the first seven points of the second half to grab the lead for good. “We got up on them early and they were able to come back on us,” Weber-Brader said. “We had confidence coming into the second half because we knew we weathered their run. We tried to slow it down in the second quarter, but we really wanted to pick it up in the third.” Weber-Brader single-handily outscored the Lions (2-2, 1-1) in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points. Bellarmine Prep managed six points and entered the fourth trailing, 51-40. The Lions were unable to cut the deficit under double digits the remainder of the contest. Smith, Olympia’s speedy senior point guard, picked up his fourth foul three minutes into the third quarter and fouled out with 3:41 left, but the Bears showed their depth and poise after Smith was disqualified. “We definitely want Jamey out there, but when that happens we have a number of players who can step in,” Weber-Brader said. “It’s certainly an advantage we have this year.” Foege scored 13 points in the second quarter to help the Lions erase an 11-point deficit to grab a 34-32 lead at the half. Weber-Brader got off to a fast start, scoring eight points in the opening 4 minutes to push the Bears to a 15-8 advantage after the first quarter. The lead grew to 25-14 with 41/2 minutes remaining in the first half before Bellarmine Prep used a 9-0 run to get back into the contest.