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Spartans snatch last-second hoops win against Bishop Blanchet in boys basketball thriller

Bainbridge junior wing Ben Beatie gets some air as he tries to block the offensive efforts of the visiting team from Bishop Blanchet during the Spartan game at home Tuesday, Jan. 14. Having trailed behind on the scoreboard the entire night, the Spartans managed a victory in the final moments of the game and won 56-54. - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge junior wing Ben Beatie gets some air as he tries to block the offensive efforts of the visiting team from Bishop Blanchet during the Spartan game at home Tuesday, Jan. 14. Having trailed behind on the scoreboard the entire night, the Spartans managed a victory in the final moments of the game and won 56-54.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

There was rebounding aplenty, not only on the court but also on the scoreboard, as the Bainbridge boys basketball team managed to pull off a win in the very last minute of their game at home against Bishop Blanchet Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The Spartans slipped away with a two-point win, 56-54.

“We started to get some stops on defense and started taking care of the board,” said Spartan Head Coach Scott Orness of the fourth quarter comeback.

“We ran our offense. We just struggled with doing our own thing — trying to play one-on-one basketball,” he said.

The game was a perfect example for the Spartans on the importance of refining fundamentals, the coach said.

“We know we can’t really beat anybody except for running our system and playing smart and sticking to our principles,” Orness said. “When we started doing that, things started turning the right way for us.”

That turnaround toward the right way almost didn’t happen at all, and with Blanchet leading 44-37 going into the fourth quarter, Spartan fans had reason for apprehension.

“Any time we’re not playing to our level of expectation, nobody is happy,” Orness said of the team’s mood at the end of the first half. “The players aren’t happy, the coaches aren’t happy and this group sees it enough in the Metro League that they know what they’ve got to do.

“I’m just glad that they put together one really good quarter tonight and that was the fourth,” he said.

Bainbridge managed 19 points in the fourth quarter alone, more than any other in the game and more than twice as many as BHS totaled in the third quarter.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Orness said. “You hope to play 32 great minutes of basketball and sometimes you accept a win that you have to grind out.”

Oskar Dieterich led the Spartan offense, and racked up 16 points.

Senior guard Joey Blacker finished the game with 14 points, junior guard Blake Swanson added 11 and junior guard Trent Schulte totaled nine points.

BHS played its next game on the road against Seattle Preparatory Friday, Jan. 17.

“Seattle Prep on Friday is a huge game for us,” Orness said. “Not just because it’s Seattle Prep, but because I feel that we should win that game, and our players do too, and if we want to move up into that upper quarter of the league. We’ve got to beat some of those big dogs.”

 

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