Alex Weber-Brader scored a career-high 31 points, sparking Olympia to a 76-64 victory over Central Kitsap on Friday night in a Narrows League boys basketball game in Silverdale.
Weber-Brader, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, had 16 points in the first half as the Bears took a 38-23 lead into the break.
“We jumped on them from the start,” said Olympia coach Luke Salme, whose team led 16-6 after the first quarter. “They’ve had our number here the last couple of years. So, it’s pretty special to get a win here.”
Marcus Raschkow added 17 points, and Jamey Smith had 14 for the Bears (2-0).
“We played well on both ends of the court,” Salme said. “From the get-go, we forced the tempo. We shot with a ton of confidence from the beginning. We handled their pressure. It was fun.”
North Thurston 54, Sumner 33: Landon Rushton scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, sparking North Thurston to a road win.
North Thurston led 18-12 at halftime and 31-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Rushton hit a running 30-footer at the end of the third quarter.
“He got a couple of layups in the third quarter, and that got him going,” North Thurston coach Tim Brown said. “He just started making shots and was hanging onto the ball.”
Sophomores Matt Reid and Ben Broeker added 11 points each for the Rams.
“Both teams played some nice defense, and we were offensively challenged in the first half,” Brown said. “Our kids responded with a much better effort (after halftime).”
North Thurston improved to 1-1.
Rochester 73, Orting 68: Jared Burkhardt continued to have a hot hand as he scored 19 of his game-high 32 points in the first half.
Burkhardt, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, has scored a combined 77 points in Rochester’s first three games after scoring 18 and 27 in the first two.
“He’s a pure shooter,” Rochester coach Andrew Kernutt said. “He’s just one of those shooters.”
Rochester jumped out to a 23-14 lead after the first quarter but trailed 38-37 at halftime.
Rochester (2-1) outscored Orting 17-10 in the third quarter to pull away.
Eatonville 79, Tumwater 62: Tumwater struggled at rebounding and holding Eatonville to one shot.
“We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and a lot of uncontested layins,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said.
Tumwater trailed 16-12 after one quarter and 36-22 at halftime.
“We like to play fast,” Medved said. “We’ve just got to make more shots.”
Senior guard Jimmy Jensen led Tumwater (0-2) with 13 points, and senior guard Jordan Boede added 11.
“They just played harder,” Medved said. “I didn’t have our guys ready.”
Olympia 59, Central Kitsap 46: Olivia Rethwill scored 21 points, and Marnie Brown added 14 to lead the Bears to victory.
Olympia never trailed, leading 13-8 after the first quarter and 26-15 at halftime.
Krista Stabler led Central Kitsap with 22 points.
Timberline 52, Chehalis 41: Sasha Weber and Camile Williams combined for 46 points to help Timberline pick up the win.
Weber scored a game-high 25 points, and Williams added 21.
Bellevue 23, Liberty (Issaquah) 17: David Nguyen scored two touchdowns in his final high school game, including a clinching 23-yard run with 2:08 remaining, and Bellevue won its second consecutive state Class 3A championship at the Tacoma Dome.
After quarterback Joe Joe Connor converted a fourth-and-2 on a sneak with 2:44 left, Nguyen ran untouched off left guard to put Bellevue (12-2) ahead 23-14.
Liberty (12-2) answered with a field goal with 26 seconds left. But Bellevue easily recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal its eighth state title.
Bellevue’s offense controlled the game, but the Wolverines never could shake the underdog Patriots, who also lost to Bellevue, 27-21, on Oct. 23.
Bellevue’s only losses this season were to nationally ranked Katy, Texas, and Grant High of Sacramento.
Tri-Cities Prep 80, Lummi 40: Tri-Cities Prep senior quarterback Will Hoppes threw for 10 touchdowns and rushed for another, leading his team to the Class 1B state title at the Tacoma Dome.
It was the first state championship for Tri-Cities Prep (11-2), whose 80 points broke the 1B championship game record of 76, set by Pateros in 1995.
Hoppes completed 27 of 33 attempts for 552 yards. He also intercepted a pass on defense.
The 6-foot, 185-pound senior holds the state’s all-time 1B record for passing yards (9,985), total yards (12,637) and passing touchdowns (132).
Tri-Cities Prep junior receiver Troy Redmann had six touchdown receptions, finishing with nine catches for 239 yards.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.