Bakamus gets win number 300

Mark Morris head coach Bill Bakamus joined an elite group of high school basketball coaches Monday night, gaining victory number 300 as his Monarchs topped Camas 63-45.

The Monarchs won their 11th game of the season against 3 losses. Bakamus has a 300-190 career record in 21 seasons as a head man. 75 coaches have reached the 300 win mark.

It is not his first appearance in a record book. At Morton High School he holds the school record for most points scored in a single game, 54 against Rochester in 1977. He scored 1,388 points as a prep star, second all-time at Morton. Bakamus scored over 600 in a season (621 in 1978) and also had a 200-rebound season with 246 also in 1978.

He averaged 18.03ppg over his three-year varsity career before heading on to play college ball at the University of Puget Sound. As a Logger he won the John Heinrick Award for the 1982-83 season. The award recognizes inspiration and is given to just one male and one female athlete from all the schools programs.

Morton has produced numerous outstanding coaches including Saint Martin's College head man Keith Cooper as well as current Eastern Washington University assistant Carl Howell.

And if you ever decide to call out a current high school coach for a game of H-O-R-S-E, we recommend it not be Bakamus. He can still stroke it from down town.

Congrats to a great guy with a great family. I first met Billy Bakamus in the line at Mac's Smokehouse next to the King Dome during the 3A state tournament a number of years back. He came in right behind me and asked "what's good." I told him; we hit it off. It was a natural; two guys who love to eat, love hoops and love to talk.

I did better that day than the night I burned some pizza in his oven on a Friday night just before the War of the Border tournament a few summers ago. I still catch some grief about that and am no longer allowed to tend to the pizza in the Bakamus home. But after my performance the following night I am still allowed to flip burgers on the grill though.

I am also smart enough to stay away from him when it comes to H-O-R-S-E but I did manage to beat his son… when he was six. Not sure if I could get him now though.


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