The play of Alex Weber-Brader not only gave Olympia a 54-51 come-from-behind victory against Monroe in Friday's regional round of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament, but Weber-Brader also achieved a personal milestone.
Weber-Brader’s team-best 19 points gave the senior 1,249 career points, which broke the school’s all-time career scoring mark.
The previous mark was held by Robin Marshall, who scored 1,244 points from 1976-79. Marshall was in the stands Friday in Kirkland, and also spoke with Weber-Brader and the team following the win.
“It made for a pretty special thing for the kids afterward,” Olympia coach Luke Salme said.
The Bears trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter in the loser-out game, as Monroe “outplayed us for three quarters,” Salme said.
Monroe had a size advantage on the Bears, especially with 6-foot-7 Cole Parker, who had a game-high 25 points. Parker fouled out with four minutes remaining, and from there the Bears were able to get Weber-Brader shots on the perimeter.
“That was huge for us,” Salme said.
Weber-Brader, Jamey Smith and Dominick Francks had big contributions late in the third to pull the Bears to 42-39 going into the fourth quarter.
Olympia took its first lead at 51-49, then the Bears got two big stops on defense, and Francks made two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Olympia faces Kentwood at 3 p.m. today at Juanita in a rematch of a game last week at the district tournament in which the Conquerors defeated the Bears, 66-49.
Northwest Christian 64, Chief Leschi 57: The Navigators play the loser of Adna/Bear Creek at 3 p.m. today at Mount Vernon, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2B state tournament in Spokane.
No other details of Northwest Christian’s win were provided.
Timberline 52, Shorecrest 46: The Blazers used a fourth-quarter surge to take the lead and pull away from the Scots in a loser-out game of the regional round of the Class 3A state tournament at Bellevue College.
Timberline (23-1) faces a rematch against fourth-ranked Kennedy at 1 p.m. today at Bellevue College.
Kennedy defeated Timberline, 49-42, in a district tournament game on Feb. 19. The Lancers fell to Holy Names, 78-64, on Friday.
The third-ranked Blazers got a game-high 22 points from junior guard Sasha Weber. Her 22 points gives her 1,000 points for her career. Camille Williams added 10 points and Mackenzie Raben had nine.
Shorecrest, coached by KIRO-FM talk show host Dori Monson, had the lead for the majority of the game until the Blazers started chipping away in the third quarter.
Weber’s 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 50-46 lead with a minute left in the game. The Blazers outscored Shorecrest in the fourth quarter, 23-12.
Bellevue Christian 61, Rainier 45: For the second time this year and the third time in 11 months, the Vikings beat the Mountaineers.
Rainier, champions of the SWW 1A Evergreen league, play Seattle Christian at 1 p.m. today in Centralia for the chance to make the elite eight round. Seattle Christian beat Elma, 46-35.