Luckily for the Spartans, things did not go as well for the Chief Sealth Seahawks as they did for that other more famous and similarly titled team from another sport.
The Bainbridge High boys varsity basketball team defeated the visitors 73-63 during a home game Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The game took a decidedly unlikeable turn for Spartan fans as the Seahawks dominated the scoreboard 17-11 in the first quarter, but the tone quickly changed in the second with BHS leading 40-32 at the half.
“I really felt they played a great first quarter especially,” said Spartan Head Coach Scott Orness of the visitors. “They’ve had a tough year with only two wins so far in the season, but you can tell that Coach [Colin] Slingsby has their guys believing still.”
Orness admitted that the Spartans did not play at their usual level initially in the game. He praised junior guard Blake Swanson specifically for his contribution to the turnaround.
“We just were playing real passively to start out with in the first quarter,” he said. “We got aggressive. Blake Swanson did a great job attacking the zone and creating opportunity for his teammates. “
He went on to describe the junior Spartan as a current and future team asset.
“He was great,” he said of Swanson. “He just keeps getting better and better, and he’s really matured as a player and I’ve been real impressed with him.”
Ben Beatie led the team’s offensive efforts, scoring 15 points in the game.
Swanson ended the contest with 13 points, and Oskar Dieterich and Trent Schulte each managed 12 points, respectively.
Senior guard Joey Blacker, who will be recognized in the upcoming Senior Night event, scored a total of 11 points in the game.
“Friday is Senior Night and Joey’s had a phenomenal season,” Orness said. “He’s been a real comeback kid, with breaking his femur in June and being where he is right now. He’s a great kid and he’s been a big part of this program.”
The home game at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 against Lakeside is an important night for Bainbridge basketball in several ways.
In addition to Senior Night, the game itself is a critical one for the season.
“We can kind of choose our own destiny here,” Orness said. “We had a win tonight, which we took care of, and then if we get a win on Friday night it’s an automatic district berth. If we don’t win Friday, then we’ll see what ends up happening.”
Orness added that Lakeside is an ironic competitor for this critical athletic contest.
“Lakeside got us pretty good last year,” he said. “But we feel that we got a pretty good shot this Friday.”
Friday’s game is also an important night for the Roots youth basketball program.
At the game, program officials will be presenting a check to Mark Blatter, executive director of the Housing Resources Board, for $4,000 as part of the proceeds raised by the Roots “Hoops for Housing” tote fundraiser.
High school players and Roots members sold tote bags at T&C Market in downtown Winslow, and individually, to raise the funds.
The mission of Bainbridge Roots Basketball is to develop fundamentally sound basketball players and build positive character traits in the young people participating.
There will also be an opportunity for guests at Friday’s game to contribute to the Roots food drive to benefit Helpline House. For every five items they bring in, guests will get a ticket for a prize drawing.
“The main reason why we do all this,” Orness, the program’s executive director, explained Tuesday, “is to help our community and give back to our community. It’s important for these kids to know that it’s not just about basketball.”
The Bainbridge vs. Lakeside action begins Friday at 3:15 p.m. with the BHS boys JV basketball game, and the JV girls playing next at 4:45 p.m.
The varsity girls take the court at 6:15 p.m., before the boys’ game at 8 p.m.