AND1 NW Regional: Mt. Tahoma heading to Philly

Keyed by solid performances by Tyrell Curry and Baree Ward, the boys from the Tacoma school put together a series of games that solidifies them as a preseason 4A favorite. Get the info straight from AND1 Tournament Coordinator and Pierce College men's basketball coach Jeff Estis on Saturday's championship game...

The action was off the hinges this weekend as the AND1 National Summer Basketball Championship Northwest Regional went down.  Tacoma was the home to some serious comp, and it was a hometown team that took home the hardware.  Tournament coordinator and Pierce College men's basketball coach Jeff Estis sent us the following press release from Saturday night's championship contest:

Mount Tahoma 65, Rainier Beach 50

Coach Owen Chambers along with standouts Tyrell Curry and Baree Ward defeated northwest powerhouse Rainier Beach in the finals of the 2002 And 1 National Championship at Pierce College in Lakewood. The Thunderbirds earn a trip to Philadelphia to play in the Final 8 of the National Summer Basketball Championship on July 13th & 14th. The games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports television from The Palestra.

After trailing throughout the contest, Rainier Beach was able to cut the game to three late, but couldn't stop the dominant Curry.

The 6'7 wing finished the game with five spectacular dunks in the final two minutes, finishing with a game high 21 points.  Teammate Julio Feliciano put up 18 points and Ward chipped in 14 for the winners.  Josh Love scored 17 points to lead the way for Rainier Beach and Coach Mike Bethea, who were without the services of Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart for the weekend.

The championship was heard live on 1180 AM KLAY Radio with Scott Overbo, John Kiley and Coach Estis. Tyrell Curry was named 1180 KLAY MVP.


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