Lakeside High School of Seattle couldn’t take advantage of two opportunities to put away Rainier Beach in regulation.
Given new life, the veteran Vikings took advantage.
Top-ranked Rainier Beach won its second consecutive Class 3A title on Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, beating Metro League foe Lakeside in overtime, 62-59.
The title is Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea’s sixth with the school. He breaks a tie with the late Phil Lumpkin, who won five 3A championships at O’Dea.
“No question about it, without a doubt (it’s) the hardest fought (championship) I’ve ever had,” Bethea said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. Maybe tomorrow it will start to sink in, but wow. It’s more important is that (it’s) for team — that’s what it’s all about.”
Tied at 56 and with the chance to wrap up the state title for the No. 4 Lions, Tramaine Isabell couldn’t convert the front end of a one-and-one with just over one second to go, sending the game into overtime.
The fourth matchup of the season between the two Metro League foes was a back-and-forth affair that featured eight lead changes. After Lakeside took a 59-58 lead with 1:25 left in overtime, Beach guard Will Dorsey hit his defender with a crossover and scored on a layup in traffic to put the Vikings ahead, 60-59. After a Lakeside turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, Niam Ladd hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to three. Isabell had a chance to tie the game in the final five seconds, but his long, off-balance 3-pointer fell short.
“When we went into overtime, I saw that look in their eye — they were not to be denied,” Bethea said of his team.
Elijah Foster led the way for Rainier Beach (25-4) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Isabell finished with 21 for Lakeside (24-5).