Thunderbirds' third quarter stymies Links
Top-ranked Bellevue West doubled up on Lincoln High in the third quarter Monday en route to a 73-59 win in the HAC/Metro Tournament championship game.
The Thunderbirds ended the second quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 35-29 halftime lead before opening up the game with a 22-11 third-quarter run. Lincoln High was hampered by 23 turnovers, leading to 21 Thunderbird points.
"We got some good things out of the press in the third quarter and we shot it really well in the quarter," Bellevue West coach Doug Woodard said. "We just needed to string together a few more stops and it was critical going up by 17 going into the fourth quarter.
"We wanted Keyshawn Jenkins not to be the one to beat us but he had 15 (points), and that left some openings for (Jaxson) Barber and (Buomkuoth) Jock."
Barber finished with 13 points and Jock added 12.
The Links only trailed 16-14 at the end of the first quarter before Bellevue West adjusted in the second half.
Chucky Hepburn led the T-Birds with a game-high 19 points.
College View 49, Dorchester 39: Derek Bock scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter, including three three-pointers to help the Eagles open a 14-10 first-quarter advantage. Matthan Sigouwa scored all nine of his points in the second half, including seven in the third quarter to help College View stay out in front as Bock was limited to just four points in the second half.
Dorchester 51, College View 38: The Longhorns opened the game on a 15-3 run and held off an Eagles' run over the next three quarters. Xiara Lopez, Nyara Dovald and Summer Boulais each scored four points in the second frame to help bring College View back into the contest. Lopez led the way offensively with nine points, while Nyanbay Puok added eight.