Rainier Beach guard Anrio Adams, a University of Kansas recruit, talks after the Vikings’ quarterfinal win over Mountlake Terrace.
In the opening game of the Class 3A boys tournament, Kansas-bound guard Anrio Adams paced the Vikings (25-3) with 24 points and six rebounds, as Rainier Beach advanced to the semifinals by running away from the Hawks in the second half.
“The biggest thing is they stuck with the game plan,” Rainier Beach head coach Mike Bethea said. “We wanted to come down here and be able to execute in the half court if we didn’t have our transition game. And they did a great job of that.”
Down 30-18 at halftime, Mountlake Terrace scored seven straight points to open the third quarter, capped by a long 3-pointer from the wing by Marquis Armstead.
But it was all Vikings from there, as Rainier Beach turned up the heat defensively, scoring 21 points off of 17 Mountlake Terrace (23-2) turnovers.
“We had a chance to take the lead, but we just didn’t really follow through with our execution,” Armstead said.
Armstead led the Hawks with 16 points, including eight of nine from the free throw line. Sophomore post Elijah Foster finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for Rainier Beach.
Rainier Beach will play University of Spokane in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday.