The Sefo Liufau Show was playing Friday night at Kent-Meridian High as Bellarmine Prep clinched a berth to the state tournament with a 75-54 victory over Snohomish in a Class 4A regional contest.
Liufau, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, picked apart the Snohomish defense for 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and had noturnovers.
Beyond what can be seen on a stat sheet, Liufau displayed great leadership and impeccable decision-making abilities, often finding the open lane for an easy two points or kicking it out to an open teammate.
“He’s pretty clutch and had a wonderful game for us,” Bellarmine head coach Bernie Salazar said. “I’ve known him for a long time and he’s always has been a very good athlete. He’s a good basketball player, a good football player, a good baseball player. He could be whatever he wanted to be. He’s also a great leader.”
Beyond Liufau, Isaiah Flynn and David Smith added 13 points each for No. 7 Bellarmine (23-3), with all 13 of Smith’s coming in the second half. Lucas Meikle added 11 post points as well.
Salazar said everything went according to plan.
“We played really well,” Salazar said. “Snohomish is a very good, well coached team. I’m just real proud that we executed what we wanted to do. That was a great team effort and I’m real proud of our guys.”
Despite scoring 30 points for No. 9 Snohomish (17-7), senior Luke Hamlin broke down into tears as the loss became inevitable in the closing minutes of the game.
— Chris Wells, contributing writer