The Mount Tahoma boys basketball team hadn’t played a game in nine days because of the snow.
You wouldn’t have noticed as the Thunderbirds controlled Gig Harbor on the Tides’ home court Wednesday night, grabbing a 74-58 victory in a Narrows League crossover game.
Junior sharpshooter Patrick McCollum, somewhat forgotten early in the season, showed why he is considered one of the best guards in the state.
McCollum finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Many of his points came from deep jumpers, as he shot 4-of-9 from the 3-point line.
"I was really feeling it," McCollum said about his shot. "It just came to me, and I was taking what was open."
The Thunderbirds, winners of nine of their last 10 games, owned the glass, outrebounding the taller Tides 42-23, including 20 offensive rebounds.
"They really killed us on the boards," Gig Harbor coach Lyle McIntosh said. "We didn’t take care of the ball when we had opportunities. And I thought they just outplayed us in all aspects."
Gig Harbor’s star player Clarence Trent again was mired in foul trouble, a disturbing trend that has plagued the talented junior this season.
Trent played about half the game, finishing with four points and fouling out with 4:35 left in the contest.
McCollum had a lot of help, as the Thunderbirds (9-3 overall, 5-2 in Narrows Bay) looked crisp on offense against Gig Harbor’s zone in the first half.
Post Alex King finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. And junior Lawrence Anthony contributed 12 points and eight rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds as the Thunderbirds collectively crashed the boards.
"I think we’re feeling pretty good," Mount Tahoma coach Owen Chambers said. "We picked up a big win here against Gig Harbor. But with all of the make-up games coming up it’s going to be a tough grind."
One of the few bright spots for the Tides (7-6 overall, 4-3 in Narrows Bridge) was the play of Mathias Ward, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
At South Kitsap 77, Stadium 59: About every shot the Tigers (6-7, 4-4) threw up in the first quarter, they made.
They built a 24-10 lead in Port Orchard.
It got South Kitsap’s attention quickly as LP Neloms (25 points) and Joe Pisa (20) rallied the Wolves (9-4, 5-2) to a Narrows crossover victory. They outscored Stadium, 24-9, in the second quarter.
At Wilson 61, Central Kitsap 51: The Rams lost all of their 16-point lead in the third quarter, but Shedrick Nelson tallied 10 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Rams (7-6, 2-5) to a home Narrows crossover victory.
Nelson scored on Wilson’s first possession of the quarter after an offensive rebound, and the Rams never relinquished the lead again.
Jordan Marez added 19 points, making seven of 10 field goals.
At Foss 78, Bellarmine Prep 65: The Falcons (6-4, 2-3) never trailed at home, and got a team-high 21 points from LuQuam Thompson in a Narrows crossover victory.
Avery Bradley led all scorers with 28, and Abdul Gaddy chipped in with 26 for the Lions (6-7, 5-3).
Lincoln 60, at North Kitsap 35: The Abes (10-3, 7-0) weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard in the first half after a long layoff, and their standout, Alex Montgomery, was on the bench with three fouls.
But Montgomery’s big second half put away the Vikings in Narrows crossover action in Poulsbo.
Montgomery scored 25 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, and added 10 rebounds in the victory. She made 11 of 17 field goals.
Lincoln led at halftime, 21-12.