Perrion Callandret had missed his previous two dunks – both were eye-popping and impressive, but misses nonetheless.
His third attempt was successful – a powerful tomahawk while charging the lane which brought the crowd to its feet.
Callandret’s progression of plays mirrored exactly the flow of the game – eventually talent prevailed.
Callandret and Zach LaVine both scored 19 points, teammate Josh Martin added 15 and Bothell advanced to the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament with a 61-49 victory over Bethel in a regional clash Saturday at Rogers High School in Puyallup.
Bothell (21-3) was coming off a 24-point loss to Garfield (93-69) on Feb. 15 and took a while to find its stride against a Braves squad which wasn’t about to go away quietly.
Bryce Bowers led Bethel with 13 points and Joseph Johnson chipped in 12 for the Braves, who trailed 30-20 at the half and 43-33 at the end of the third quarter.
“They hanged with us,” said LaVine, a UCLA commit. “I think we had some nerves in the beginning.”
LaVine had some difficulties finding his touch from long range early on and decided to attack the rim in the fourth, leading to a pair of quick buckets.
Callandret followed up his dramatic dunk by sinking a 3-pointer before a Ross Bowers 3 pushed the Cougars lead to a 56-37 lead with 31/2 minutes to play.