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Bothell has quick trip to state

  • Written by Don Mann
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Bothell junior Perrion Callendret gets turned back on a fourth quarter drive. Photo by Don Mann.
The Bothell basketball boys went two-and-out at the Class 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome, falling to Mount Rainier 83-74 on Friday after getting hammered by top-ranked A.C. Davis of Yakima 79-45 in its opener on Thursday. The Cougars hadn’t been to state since 1997, back when it was played at the Kingdome.So they were happy to be there, but hoped for a better result.

“It was a great experience for the kids,” coach Ron Bollinger said.  “Getting here was good but once you’re here you want to win a couple so we’re disappointed. Still, the kids will remember this forever.”

Bothell sophomore Kellen Webster may remember it better than most, as he knocked down 8-of-12 three-pointers — 10-of-14 shots overall — for a game-high 28 points against Mount Rainier, making 20-footers look like layups. His display from downtown was one short of the tournament record of nine, set by Jeff Chapman of Sehome in 1996.

“He kept us in it,” Bollinger said.

It wasn’t nearly enough as the Rams broke open a 35-35 halftime tie, scoring 24 in the third quarter and another 24 in the fourth to win going away in a run-and-gun affair where defense was an afterthought.

Zach LaVine scored 17 and Perrion Callendret added 11, but the junior gunslingers shot a combined 12-of-34, 2-of-9 beyond the arc.

Against Davis the day before, the duo went 1-of-9 from long range, 14-of-39 overall. The Pirates took a commanding 36-18 lead into halftime and put it on ice with a 23-9 third quarter spurt.

In an all-Eastside final on Saturday, Davis knocked off Central Valley of Spokane 48-42 in a rumble.Davis held all six of its postseason opponents to under 50 points.Bothell finished 17-11 overall.

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