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Rainier Beach boys 60, Seattle Prep 52 in 3A quarterfinals

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2013 8:30 pm

One down, two to go for the defending Class 3A champions.

Top-ranked Rainier Beach overcame a nine-point second quarter deficit to upend Metro League rival Seattle Prep, 60-52, in the 3A quarterfinals Thursday in the Tacoma Dome.

The Vikings overcame the deficit by going on a 22-3 scoring run that lasted deep into the third quarter.

Junior forward Elijah Foster led the way, scoring ten points during the third quarter on the way to a 17-point, 10-rebound performance.

“I challenged him, I told him if you get a double-double every game at state, we can win it” said Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea. “One down, two to go.”

Rainier Beach (23-4) played the majority of the game without star forward Shaqquan Aaron. Aaron – a Louisville commit – was limited to seven minutes after aggravating a groin strain suffered in a district game against Lakeside.

Aaron’s absence presumably disappointed Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who was in attendance. Aaron is questionable for Friday’s 7:15 pm game against Franklin.

D.J. Fenner scored 24 points to lead Seattle Prep (20-8). The Panthers will play Timberline on Friday at 12:15, with the winner advancing to the 4th/6th place game.

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