RUN KANO in the house!!
It's time for Kamiakin boys basketball here at the Tacoma Dome!!
The Braves will go up against Seattle Prep, which looked frighteningly good in a quarterfinal win over O'Dea.
One of the big questions today is how is Javan Williams' ankle? The Kamiakin junior guard rolled it over in the fourth quarter during yesterday's win over Kennedy. Looking at him in pain on the bench after the injury, I thought he was done for the weekend.
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He's not in the starting lineup today, which might be a good sign for the Panthers. Max Shoop will start in his place. Quite a place to get your first varsity start. But history is full of stories like that.
That's what we love about sports, isn't it?
Hold the phone. Looks like Shoop is a late scratch, and Williams will get the start after all.
Prep guard Michael Phillips scored the first points of the game, but Zach En'Wezoh made a BIG statement on the Braves' next possession, flushing down a two-hand jam to tie it at 2.
Justin Pedley then got a serious shooters bounce on a 3-pointer from the right wing, and scored off a nice tip pass from En'Wezoh to put Kamiakin up 7-2.
Williams looked a little uncomfortable, traveling on the Braves first possession of the game, but he's got pretty good mobility. He's been trying to drive inside and create.
He drills two free throws at the 2 minute mark, and then Cody Wilmoth follows up on the next possession with short jumper off a reverse pivot in the lane to make it 11-4 Kamiakin with 1:04 left.
11-6 after one quarter.
Kamiakin scores on its first three possessions of the second quarter to open up an 18-12 lead with 4:51 left until the half ends. Pedley hit a fadeaway in the lane just over the fingertips of his defender and then drained another 3-pointer from the right wing.
Braves defending very well inside, limiting chances for Mitch Brewe inside. They've also gotten 6-8 forward Josh Martin into foul trouble. Martin has three after two quarters.
Kamiakin threatening to run away with it. A scoring drive from the right wing by Wilmoth and a 3 from Cooper Clyde puts the Braves up 25-12 with 3:19 left in the half.
You didn't think it would be that easy, did you?
Seattle Prep makes a big run, outscoring Kamiakin 10-4 over the final 3 minutes of the second quarter to pull within 27-22.
Even worse, En'Wezoh was coming across the lane on an offensive possession and appeared to roll his ankle at the 1:46 mark. He left the game immediately and didn't come back.
Teams out for the third quarter and En'Wezoh hasn't come out of the locker room yet. It looks like they'll play without him to start the third.
That news could be disastrous for the Braves.
Kamiakin hasn't missed a beat, though, without En'Wezoh. They adjusted their game a bit, and now you're seeing a lot more cutters inside. Wilmoth cut inside from the right wing and Williams hit him with a pass for a layin. Then Williams took a pass inside and pump-faked his way for a layup.
Pedley completes an 8-2 run with a fadeaway jumper on the right baseline. 35-24 Kamiakin with 4:17 left in the third.
En'Wezoh returns to the court — Willis Reed-style – at the 3:37 mark, and the crowd goes wild.
He's favoring that ankle a bit, but he can move around OK. I don't think Meneely would have him in there if he wasn't ready to play.
Prep making up some ground finishing up the third. They go on a 10-4 run thanks to six points from D.J. Fenner and pull within 39-34 after three.
Fenner still hot. He drains a 3 from the left wing and then completes a three-point play to bring the Panthers within one at 41-40 with6:16 left in the game.
Prep uses 9-2 run to take its first lead since early in the first quarter. Josh Martin's two free throws make it 43-41 Panthers with 4:36 left.
Clyde answers back for Kamiakin, driving the left side of the lane for a layup to tie it at 43.
But Prep goes back on top with Brewe's long jumper, making it 45-43, and extends the lead to 47-43 on Fenner's soft jumper in the lane with 1:40 left.
Fenner hits 1 of 2 free throws to give Panthers a 48-43 lead with 45 seconds left.
But Pedley wants the last word. He gets fouled on a 3-pointer and drains all 3 attempts to pull Braves within 48-46 with 34 seconds left.
But Kamiakin wouldn't score again. Clyde got a good look at a potential game-tying 3 with 10 seconds left, but it glanced off the back rim. Forced to foul, the Braves sent Michael Phillips to the line. He hit 1 of 2 and then Fenner hit 1 of 2 and it was all over.
Seattle Prep wins it 50-46. What a memorable game, though, for Kamiakin. They proved themselves worthy of being here, for sure, and I know they earned some respect with their play today.