Boys hoopsters defeat one rival, lose to another

Chris Bell (left) and Adam Pool dive for a loose ball Tuesday. - John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Chris Bell (left) and Adam Pool dive for a loose ball Tuesday.
— image credit: John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo

If the Bainbridge boys’ basketball team wants to make a run for the playoffs, it needs more scoring options than just Chris Bell.

But Rico Failla is becoming that second option. The junior guard scored 16 points to tie Bell in leading all scorers in the Spartans’ 72-40 win over arch rival North Kitsap Dec. 30, then scored 22 points in Bainbridge’s 89-74 loss to rival O’Dea Tuesday.

It is the first time the Spartans have scored more than 70 points this season.

Head coach Steve Henderson said he is happy to see Failla perform well.

“He’s one of those kids who, if he gets going, look out,” he said. “He’s so streaky, but if he’s having a good night, we’re going to try and feed him.”

Failla had all but two of Bainbridge’s 15 points in the first quarter. The Spartans had a more varied scoring attack in the second quarter. Tucker Gilles, returning from an ankle injury, scored all five of his points in the period. Michael Crowley, Eric Raustein, Gabe DiIorio, Adam Pool also contributed buckets along with Bell and Failla to keep close to O’Dea.

The Irish tried to pull away in the third, but the Spartans would not go away. Bainbridge put together a 11-4 run capped by a three ball from Failla at the 4:18 mark. It gave the Spartans its first lead of the game.

O’Dea countered with a 12-4 run to close out the third, then slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter. Devante Williams and Sekeo Wiggs each scored eight points as the Irish used its size and several Spartan turnovers to take control.

“Offensive rebounding was an issue,” Henderson said. “Obviously we’ve got to shore up our game in the key.”

Henderson hopes to not only get Failla more looks but several other players as well.

“Every guy can put it in the hole pretty efficiently,” he said. “Obviously you can’t have one guy scoring all your points. A lot of what (we did) tonight was taking what they gave us. I thought our offensive execution was actually pretty good. We’re pretty excited to score 74 points.”

Against the Vikings, Failla scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Spartans scored 30 to end any hope NK had for a win. The defense held the Vikings to 29 percent shooting from the field for the game.

All 12 Bainbridge players got to play and score in the victory.

Along with his 16 points, Failla also had eight rebounds and four steals.

Failla said he feels more confident in taking on the scoring load, but hopes the team can play with more confidence as well.

“If we can play that well against a team like that then we can definitely compete in this league,” he said. “If we can keep improving and peak during playoffs, then we can have a run at state.”

Bainbridge hosts Lakeside at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

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