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Sports Roundup | Feb. 27
Cleveland ends boys’ season
Cleveland’s boys basketball team did something on Tuesday night that far more heralded Franklin, Rainier Beach and O’Dea couldn’t do this season: defeat Bainbridge in Paski Gymnasium.
The Eagles, 7-13 overall and 4-11 in Metro League play, rode guard Cedric Clarington’s 27 points to a 61-51 victory that knocked the Spartans out of the District 2 tournament and ended their season.
The Eagles led 25-20 at halftime, but the Spartans rallied as Will DiIorio’s thundering dunk put them ahead 31-30 with three minutes left in the third quarter. But Cleveland took a 36-33 lead into the final quarter.
Ben Eisenhardt fed Ryan Burris to give Bainbridge its last lead at 39-38 with six minutes remaining. An 11-3 Cleveland run over the next four minutes gave the Eagles a 49-40 lead and the desperate Spartans began fouling.
Eisenhardt concluded his Spartan career with 16 points, while Burris added 14. The game’s key stat was three-point shooting; the Eagles sank six of 11 and Spartans only one of 13 .
The Spartans, 12-4 at one point in the season, lost six of their last eight to finish with a 14-10 mark.
Prospects for next year are bright as starters Jimmy Baggett, Burris and DiIorio return, along with top reserves Michael Stevenson and David Korsak.
Girls fail to advance, too
The Spartans’ first shot in Tuesday’s first-round girls basketball district tournament game provided an omen of what was to follow. The ball skittered tantalizingly around the rim before finally falling off.
The same fate befell Bainbridge as visiting Cleveland bounced them from the tournament 51-46 to bring the season to a premature close.
“My girls played better than in the two previous games (lopsided losses to Holy Names and Lakeside), but it wasn’t enough to put us over the edge,” said coach Penny Gienger, who coached her final game at Bainbridge.
“In the first half we couldn’t keep them off the offensive boards, and the second half they switched to a zone and we struggled with outside shots.”
The Eagles rocked the Spartans at the outset, opening up a 10-2 lead just over two minutes into the game. Bainbridge battled back, leading by two points at halftime before being outscored in the third quarter.
The Spartans trailed 49-46 with 2:34 remaining, but they failed to score again as they made only two of 13 shots in the final quarter. They finished the seasons with a 17-6 record.
Gray finished her illustrious Bainbridge career with yet another double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jesse Vincent had 10, while Wood added nine.