Showtime at the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic

Winter storm watch got you down? Not me, I had a hoops buffet to attend at Bank of America/Hec-Ed Pavillion at UW Saturday. And the boys put on some very studly performances at the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic, led by Interlake's Brian Burke.

The 6-5 senior threw down some nasty dunks, even had a pretty reverse jam that he missed, but it was still pretty, and the Saints put the smack on Napavine 65-51 with bad Brian getting 29 points and hitting 13 of 18 shots from inside the arc. He was 0-fer on three tries outside the arc but his high-wire act was impressive as he rattled the rim with plenty of dunks. Bryce Brigham picked up the slack with 19 points of his own.

Napavine got 18 points from 5-10 senior guard Mike Godsey (at left) and enjoyed an early 12-10 lead before Interlake ran off with a 14-2 run and waved bye to the Class 1A Tigers.

In the breakfast game Blaine held a clinic on how to run a half court offense at Kentlake's expense and the 2A Borderites hung a 62-48 "L" on the 4A Falcons. Senior guard Jake Gilmore (pictured) had it working, hitting 11 of 18 from the field 3 of 4 from three-point land and notching his belt to the tune of 28 points. Nice win for the B-Ites.

The Foss Falcons put the defensive clamps on Hazen and ran away with a 70-42 win over the Highlanders. 11 steals helped the Tacoma Birds. 6-4 junior wing Desmond Martin led a balanced attack with 15 points while Jason Foster added 14 and Ron Soeu 13.

6-5 senior Joey Luke (at right) got cookin', serving up 25 points as Kent-Meridian overcame an early deficit to take care of Clover Park 81-64 in a physical affair. The Warriors came out hot and held an early 9-point advantage but Steffan Johnson's long outlet to Bryant Lane for a lay-up at the buzzer sent the Royals to the break with a 40-36 lead.

They took it to 61-50 by the end of the third quarter and when the lead approached 20 the pressure cooker let off some steam in the form of four technical fouls as some of the fellas on each side had the lips flappin'.

I'd seen enough and hit the trail for Rancho Nance. But by golly, for a cold, wet Saturday, it was a pretty good place to be.

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