The Lions secured third place in the 4A WCD tournament, as they defeated the Conquerors 67-63 and did so on the back of Malachi Flynn, who, set two district three records after scoring 39 Saturday night.
Flynn has recorded 149 total points during this year’s regional tournament, which makes him the highest scorer in 4A West Central District history. The previous record holder was Federal Way’s Virgil Matthews (2001). In four district games he managed to score 29, 34, 41 and Saturday’s 39. Flynn also set a new record for highest point average in a tournament. The record was previous held by Decatur’s Quincy Wilder, who averaged 31.5 points per game in 1996. Flynn averaged 35.8 in this year’s tournament.
Flynn finished the regular season with 572 points and averaged 28.6 points per game. He score 143 total in four games, lifting his season average to 29.8 points a game.
Kentwood outscored the Lions 21-6 in the first half, they entered the locker room at half with a 33-24 lead. Darius BuBom scored 18 points for the Conks a led the team. It was Bellarmine who staged a comeback in the second half, outscoring the the Conks 43-30 to end the game.
Timberline 62, Kentridge 54: Jarryn Bush scored 19 and led the Blazers to fifth place in the 4A West Central District 3 tournament. Eli Morton scored 10 for Timberline, Jaelen Bush had 9.
The Chargers were up by two points heading into halftime but could not hold onto the lead as the Blazers (16-8) turned it up during the third. They outscored the Kentridge (15-11) 18-12 in the third and 15-11 in the fourth to seal an eight-point victory.
Peninsula 67, Wilson 52: JaQuaori McLaughlin scored team-high 19 for Peninsula, but it was his little brother, Elijah McLaughlin who stole the show Saturday night against Wilson. The Seahawks capitalized on much improved second half to take third place in the 3A West Central/Southwest Tournament at Rogers.
“We didn’t come out strong, we were down by nine at halftime. Elijah was a huge spark off the bench. It got really competitive, there were a couple technical fouls, at the end we held our composure to get the win,” said head coach Jake Jackson.
Elijah McLaughlin was given the tough task of guarding one of the best guard in the state, David Jenkins Jr. He limited Jenkins Jr. to eight points in the third quarter with some lock down press defense. Peninsula double Wilson in the second half, outscoring them 48-24 to pull of the comeback for third place in the 3A WCD tournament.
“Basically we got punched in our mouth and it took us a while to gain our breath,” said Wilson coach Dave Alwert.
Jenkins Jr. was the games’ leading scorer despite being benched in the first quarter for team disciplinary reasons. He scored 23. Emmitt Matthews Jr scored 16 for the Rams. “Wilson’s a great team but in the end our defensive togetherness allowed us to win the game,” said Jackson.
North Kitsap 76, Liberty 68 (2OT): After pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the season the Patriots lost in double overtime to a Viking team that wouldn’t give up.
North Kitsap didn’t allow a point during the second overtime period, outscoring them 8-0 to seal the 2A West Central District III Central/SeaKing championship. Jarrod Felix led the Vikings with 23 points, Cole Rabedeaux had 20.
Noble Cooper scored 27 and was the games’ leading scorer for the Patriots in the loss.
River Ridge 70, Steilacoom 57: After suffering only their second loss of the season on Wednesday the Hawks knew they had to come out strong against the Sentinels, their 2A SPSL league opponent on Saturday. That’s exactly what they did.
The Hawks outscored the Sentinels 17-12 in the first and headed into halftime with a 36-23 lead. And that’s how it would stand. Mac Armstrong - a 6-foot-3 senior forward scored game-high 19 points for River Ridge. LaJon Enis-Carter scored 14 and led in scoring for the Sentinels.
Bellarmine Prep 51, Gig Harbor 32: The Lions sealed third place by leading in every quarter on Saturday night against the Tides. Kayana Ervin was the games’ leading scorer as she downed 16 points for the Lions. Jenny Hagle was second on the list with 12 for the Lions.
North Kitsap 51, River Ridge 41: The Vikings outed the Hawks in a battle for fifth place, outscoring them 29-19 in the first half. MaKenna Schultz scored a game-high 22 for the Hawks but it wasn’t enough. Raelee Moore scored 13 for N-K, Olivia Selembo had 11.