Finals Game Log: Beach Def. Lakes 53-45

Lakes and Rainier Beach have been two of the best teams in the state this year, seemingly on a collision course since day one of the season. The two meet tonight in what should be an exciting 3A state championship. Evergreen State Preps is reporting live from the Bank of America Arena for tonight's game.

Coach Bathea clears his bench as the celebration starts. Enriquez is fouled and hits two free throws to make it 53-45 Beach. But after Beach inbounds the ball, the countdown is on. The players rush the court as Rainier Beach celebrates another state championship.

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Beach recovers the rebound off of the miss, and Ladd is fouled in transition. Ladd hits both free throws. After a missed Lakes three, Reggie Moore sneaks behind the defense for the exclamation point dunk. Lakes misses another desperation three, and is forced to foul Dotson. Dotson hits both free throws to make it 53-43 Rainier Beach.

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Dimisse makes a great drive to the hoop for basket, but fouls out on the next play. Anthony Lawrence steps to the line for the 1 and 1, but misses the front end . Beach leads 47-43 with under a minute left.

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Lakes gets the ball back after a Beach turnover, but Jermaine Kearse is called for his third charge of the game. Kearse fouls out, and Beach gets the ball back.

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Middleton powers to the hoop, and is fouled as he makes the basket. Middleton steps to the line and makes the free throw. Lakes call timeout down 45-43 with 2:17 left in the fourth.

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Middleton is forced to foul Moikobu as he heads to the hoop, and Moikobu hits both free throws to make it 45-40 Rainier Beach.

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Moikobu ends the four minute scoring drought with a lay-up after Moore finds him under the hoop. Moikobu scores agains on the next possession. But Jermaine Kearse has come through whenever Lakes starts to lose momentum, this time driving the lane, drawing a foul and scoring. Kearse completes the three point play to pull his team within three at 43-40.

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Beach starts the fourth with the ball, and holds for over a minute, forcing Lakes to switch out of their zone. Coach Bathea calls timeout for Beach the second Lakes makes the switch. Lakes gets the stop after the timeout, but has to call their own timeout when Enriquez can't find an outlet. After a Middleton traveling call, Beach comes down and turns the ball over. The play is getting sloppy for the fourth quarter of a state final.

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Ladd has been the star so far for Beach, as he dunks for the fourth time tonight after another steal. The bucket gives Beach a 39-37 lead at the end of three.

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Enriquez hits a floater in transition, but Echols finds Ladd underneath for a basket and foul. Ladd completes the three point play to tie the game at 37 all.

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Lakes has switched to a match-up 2-3 zone that is giving Beach fits. Jermaine Kearse continues to play well as he hits another jumpshot. Ladd answers with a putback. Lakes leads 35-34.

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Middleton is fouled by Dotson in the act of shooting, but the shot barely rims out. Middleton hits both to give Lakes the lead at 33-32.

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Enriquez avoids three Beach defenders to score a lay-up in transition. Beach leads 32-31.

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Moikobu scores on a nice entrance pass from Moore, and adds another after a steal by Ladd leads to a Dotson lay-up. Beach is showing that they score in hurry. Beach leads 32-29.

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Ladd scores on his third dunk of the game after stealing the ball away from Lakes. Winston Jr. draws a foul on Ladd the next time down, but misses both. Lakes still leads 29-28.

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Lakes holds the ball for the first 1:33 of the third before Enriquez drives the lane, draws a foul and makes the bucket. Enriquez completes the three point play to make it 29-26 Lakes.

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Kavario Middleton and Jermaine Kearse are leading the way for the Lancers, each scoring nine first half points. Rainier Beach has three players with six points as Mike Ladd, Aaron Dotson, and Adabe Dimisse are leading the way for the Vikings. Moore and Moikobu both have three fouls, and could see some limited action in the third quarter because of that.

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The only thing separating these teams so far is the halftime student free throw competition. Rainier Beach students out shoot the Lakes team to win.

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Dimisse scores underneath twice for the Vikings, who add another basket from Michael Berry before Lawrence Anthony scores for the Lancers. The half ends on an ill advised foul at midcourt. The foul sends Winston Jr. to the line, who makes both to tie the game at 26-26 at halftime.

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Kearse scores again for the Lancers, leaning into a Beach defender before shooting. Lakes leads 22-20

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Kearse finds Middleton under the hoop for a lay-up, but Dimisse answers with his own bucket to tie the game at 20 all.

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Kearse is attacking the hoop with a vengance tonight, scoring in transition again to tie it at 18 with 5:25 left in the second

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Middleton draws a foul on Moikobu, sending him to the bench with three fouls. Kavario hits 1 of 2 to make it 18-16.

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Middleton has great touch on his turnaround jumper, hitting one from the baseline to brings the Lancers to within three at 18-15.

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Ladd is effective again for the Vikings, getting to the hoop for a lay-up. Middleton answers with a score of his own after Lakes beats the Beach press. Moore holds for one shot, and finds Aaron Dotson for a baseline jumpshot to end the quarter. Beach leads 18-13 after one.

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Jamon Echols enters the game and contributes immediately. Echols scores and gets a steal that leads to an alley-oop from Moore to Ladd. The crowd is going nuts. Beach is leading 14-11.

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Moore drives to the middle of the lane and hits a nice jumpshot to tie the game. However, Jermaine Kearse goes hard to the hole and is fouled. Kearse hit 1 of 2. Lakes leads 11-10.

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Lakes has trouble on the boards and Aaron Dotson makes them pay with a put back. Winston Jr. draws a foul on Moore the next time down to make it and sinks both to make it 10-8.

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Middleton is fouled in the lane, and makes both to give Lakes their first lead of the game at 8-6.

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Aaron Dotson is fouled while trying to complete an alley-oop and sinks both free throws. Jermaine Kearse answers in a big way with an impressive spin move in the lane for a basket. Tied at 6.\

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Lawrence Anthony hits a jumpshot from the free throw line, and Jermaine Kearse adds another bucket the next time down to tie the game at 4.

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Rainier Beach starts with a roar. Reggie Moore finds Mike Ladd in transition for a thunderous dunk, and then adds his own impressive basket after stealing the ball away from the Lancers. Rainier Beach leads 4-0.

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Starters for tonight's game:

Rainier Beach-

G Mike Ladd, G Reggie Moore, F Aaron Dotson,

F Nyandigisi Moikobu, F Adabe Dimisse

Lakes-

F Kavario Middleton, G Jermaine Kearse, G Anthony Winston Jr.

, G Anthony Enriquez, F Lawrence Anthony

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Rainier Beach and Lakes had the least energetic fans yesterday, but it's a whole different story tonight. Both section are going crazy before the game, which is probably due to the FSN cameras roaming up and down the Dawg Pack. Either way, it is really ramping up the atomosphere.

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The arena is filling up nicely right now, with people filing in at just about every tunnel. The teams are warming up right now before the games. It's amazing to look at the physical maturity on both sides of the court, the sheer size of most of these guys at their age is mind boggling.

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Congratulations to the Hanford and West Valley girl's teams, who just finished the 3rd/6th game. Hanford took home 3rd and West Valley had to settle for 6th, but from what I saw, both teams played hard.


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