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High School Sports

Notebook: Bellevue boys stay alive for playoffs

BELLEVUE — After starting 0-3 in KingCo 3A , the Bellevue boys basketball team has won seven of its past 10 games, including yesterday's 58-54 victory at Interlake to qualify for the postseason playoffs.

The Wolverines (11-9, 7-6 KingCo) earned the Sky Division's No. 4 seed and play Valley Division's third seed, Issaquah (7-13, 5-8), Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue Community College in the opening round of the KingCo 3A Tournament.

"We're excited to keep playing," said Bellevue coach Jeff Altchech. "Our season could have been over (Friday) night, but we're living to play another day."

Bellevue faced an uphill battle yesterday against second-place Interlake (13-7, 9-4), which had won 11 of its past 12 games and has a first-round bye in the KingCo tournament.

Bellevue led 45-43 yesterday at the end three quarters. Interlake's Brian Burke scored a game-high 24 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep the Saints close. But trailing 56-54 with 30 seconds remaining, Interlake committed a turnover and was forced to foul. Bellevue's Billy Francis hit the two free throws to secure the win.

Robbie Cooch scored a team-high 14 points for Bellevue.

KingCo 3A Tournament

Tuesday at Bellevue Community College

3 p.m., boys — Skyline (11-9) vs. Liberty (5-15), loser out

4:45 p.m., girls — Newport (12-8) vs. Sammamish (6-14), loser out

6:30 p.m., boys — Bellevue (11-9) vs. Issaquah (7-13), loser out

8:15 p.m., girls — Mercer Island (5-14) vs. Liberty (10-10), loser out

Boys games

Auburn Riverside 71, at Sumner 65 — Guards Brandon Smith (17) and Sergey Kustyukov (15) combined for 32 points as the Ravens knocked off the Spartans in an SPSL North matchup. Auburn Riverside improved to 7-11, 5-9 while Sumner fell to 2-17, 1-14. Spartans senior center Ryan O'Flaherty had his second straight 27-point outing (he scored 27 against Enumclaw on Thursday) to go along with 10 rebounds.

At Enumclaw 64, Kentlake 41 — Calvin Sayler's game-high 23 points propelled Enumclaw (13-5, 9-5 SPSL, North) into a second-place tie with Kent-Meridian with two league games remaining. Sayler scored 11 points in the second quarter to help the Hornets outscore Kentlake 19-6 in the period and build a 28-18 halftime lead. Tyler Wieland added 15 points for Enumclaw, which visits Kent-Meridian on Tuesday in a rematch of the Hornets 54-51 win on Jan. 13. Jon Ralph led Kentlake (4-14, 4-10) with 13 points.

At Kent-Meridian 62, Tahoma 51 — Steffan Johnson scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first half for the Royals (13-5, 9-5) in the SPSL North victory. Cory Ridge tallied 16 points for Tahoma 5-12, 4-10).

Rogers 75, at Jefferson 56 — Brandon Gibson scored 18 of his team's 27 first-quarter points and finished with 29 for the Rams (13-5, 11-5) in the SPSL South victory. Dan Deschenes scored 17 for the Raiders (3-15, 3-14).

At Jackson 81, Shorecrest 70 — Corey Hall totaled 31 points and 21 rebounds for the Timberwolves (8-9, 6-9) in the WesCo South victory. Chris Chase made 11 of 15 free throws and scored 30 points for Shorecrest (2-16, 2-14), getting 17 points in the second half.

At Meadowdale 75, Lynnwood 45 — Jake Linton scored 19 points and Colin Matteson added 17 for the Mavericks (16-2, 15-1) in the WesCo South victory. Paris Fox tallied 11 points for the Royals (1-18, 1-16).

Girls games

Meadowdale 68, at Lynnwood 28 — The Mavericks, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, went 10 for 21 on three-pointers and routed the Royals (6-12, 5-11) in a WesCo South game. Meadowdale (17-1, 16-0) played without leading scorer Quinn Brewe (16.9 points per game), who rested her sore elbow. At Shorecrest 48, Jackson 38 — After a slow start, the Scots (10-8, 10-6) used defensive pressure to force 26 turnovers and defeat the Timberwolves (7-10, 6-9) in a WesCo South game.

At Auburn Riverside 59, Sumner 52 — Freshman Jessica Rodgers got her first start and scored 14 points for the Ravens (11-7, 11-3) in the SPSL North victory. Erin Mahoney led Sumner (1-17, 1-14) with 15 points.

At Kentwood 61, Auburn 27 — Breanne Burley scored 25 points and Amy Lindeman had 14 for the Conquerors (14-3, 11-3) in the SPSL North victory.

At Tahoma 62, Kent-Meridian 47 — Kari Fowler scored 20 points for the Bears (4-13, 4-9) and Kari Hamilton added 19 in the SPSL victory. Leitawsha Bronson had 15 points for the Royals (3-15, 3-11).

Enumclaw 42, at Kentlake 35 — Jessie Christensen's 19 points led the way for the Hornets (10-8, 7-6) in the SPSL North victory.

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