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Basketball playoffs: Bainbridge boys defeat Lakeside, girls squad falls to Holy Names
The Spartan boys won their first playoff game with a 80-70 victory over 10th-seeded Lakeside Wednesday.
With the win, Bainbridge (13-7) will face fifth seed O'Dea (15-6) at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Ballard High School.
Will DiIorio scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half against Lakeside (8-12), going 10-for-16 from the floor and leading the Spartans to a 34-20 halftime lead.
With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Chris Bell gave the Spartans their biggest second-half lead – 19 points – with a pair of back-to-back layups. But with four minutes left in regulation, Lakeside pulled within seven points with a mid-range jumper from Sten Jernudd.
The Spartans answered with three consecutive lay-ups, two of which were off assists from DiIorio. On the next two possessions, Eric Raustein made a lay-up then David Korsak drove to the basket, making a lay-up drawing the foul for the three-point-play to go up 66-54.
Senior Ryan Burris came up with a block down the floor, and Jimmy Baggett drew another three-point play for the 69-54 lead.
Even though Lakeside sank four three-pointers in the last three minutes of regulation, the Spartans made 10 of their last 13 free throws, holding on for the 80-70 victory.
The Spartans were 21-of-32 from the line on the night, with Bell scoring eight of his 14 points from the charity stripe.
Korsak finished the night with 13 points on five-of-six shooting, and was five-for-five from the free throw line.
Baggett had six points, four assists and three steals. Burris added eight points on three-of-eight shooting and five rebounds.
The winner of Saturday's game will earn the fifth seed at the SeaKing District tournament while the loser will take the sixth seed.
The Spartans will begin district tournament play on the road Tuesday.
The Bainbridge girls fell to second-ranked Holy Names (19-2) 61-16 in the Metro League playoffs Wednesday.
Sophomore Hannah Depew led with five points and Micki Johns added three.
The Spartans (10-11) will face second-seeded Cleveland (13-6) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ballard High School.
The winner will advance to the SeaKing District tournament as the third seed while the loser will take the fourth seed.
The Spartans will host their first District tournament opponent Tuesday at 7 p.m.