Dominick Francks shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot.
Bellarmine Prep’s boys basketball team had no answer for the Olympia High guard as they watched Francks rain down 3-pointers in the Narrows League 4A tiebreaker Friday at Foss High.
Francks drilled seven first-half treys, including six in a row in a six-minute, second-quarter stretch that turned Bellarmine Prep’s eight-point lead into a six-point deficit.
“What can you say?” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “Francks was tremendous.”
Fortunately for the Lions, Francks hot hand cooled in the second half – thanks largely to a ratcheted-up defense – and second-ranked Bellarmine Prep emerged with a 68-51 victory over No. 7 Olympia.
“We didn’t change anything, we just did a better job getting in Francks’ face, taking away open looks,” Salazar said. “We just got after it in the second half.”
After Olympia scored the first basket of the third quarter, opening up a 32-24 lead, Bellarmine Prep took control. The Lions closed out the period on a 20-5 run and never led by fewer than six points the rest of the game.
The Lions had a balanced scoring effort, led by guard David Smith’s 18 points. Guard Isaiah Flynn added 14, forward Sefo Liufau had 13 and forward Lucas Meikle chipped in 12.
After going 7-for-8 from beyond the arc in the first half, Francks was held to just three attempts from the field after halftime and finished with a game-high 22 points.
Olympia coach Luke Salme marveled at Francks’ performance.
“There’s a lot of years of coaching experience on our staff and when we were walking into the locker room at halftime, we all said none of us have ever seen anything like that,” Salme said. “It was incredible.”
Poor free-throw shooting kept the Bears from making a run at Bellarmine Prep. Olympia, which did not go to the line in the first half, converted just five of 21 free throws.
“If we make some free throws and they miss some free throws, it’s closer in the last couple minutes and we’ve got a shot to win,” Salme said. “We didn’t and we’re not going to beat Bellarmine going 5-for-21 at the line.”
Bellarmine Prep (19-2) and Olympia (17-4) finished the regular season tied for first place in the league standings and played the tiebreaker to determine the league’s first and second seeds to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament, which begins next week.
In the first round Tuesday, the Lions will host Kentridge and the winner of today’s Kentlake-Rogers game will play at Olympia.
Gig Harbor 49, South Kitsap 42: The Tides never trailed in the Narrows League 4A tiebreaker contest for the league’s fourth berth to the bi-district tournament.
Colby Oatridge led Gig Harbor (11-10) with 14 points, while Jared Murphy and Cyrus Ward each chipped in nine. Nars Martinez paced South Kitsap with 12 points and James Hyson added 10.
The Tides will play at fifth-ranked Union in the first round of the bi-district tournament Tuesday. The Titans (15-6) are Greater St. Helens League champions and blasted Heritage 98-67 in their final game of the regular season. BYU-bound guard Jordan Chatman almost eclipsed a triple-double, totaling 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
South Kitsap finished its season with a record of 11-10.