It was a brutal first half for the Stadium boys basketball team. Nothing was going right. Layups, jumpers, passes and free throws all going awry, which led to a 27-20 halftime deficit to visiting Kentlake. By no means was Kentlake setting the nets on fire or putting on a dazzling display of basketball.
It seemed as though Kentlake had one game plan for the 4A West Central District contest, and that was to stop the probable 4A Narrows MVP from scoring. No matter what.
Stadium's Bobby Moorehead entered the game averaging 26.2 points a game and the Falcons limited him to 13. Mission accomplished. The two teams traded leads throughout the latter half of the third and all of the fourth quarter. Kentlake escaped with the 48-47 victory when Stadium's Londrell Hamilton missed an eight-footer just as time expired.
The biggest hit to the Tigers game was the defensive pressure Kentlake applied on Moorehead. The Falcons had a defender in Moorehead's face and shadowing him wherever he went on the floor. If Moorehead was 30 feet from the basket, without the ball, there was a defender in his face.
It seemed like an adjustment would have taken place and the Tigers would have begun setting picks to free up an increasingly-frustrated Moorehead, but that call never came. Instead, Moorehead worked to get free by himself for four tiring quarters.
Hamilton added 17 points for Stadium (10-10). Meanwhile, Kentlake (12-9) just hung in there and ended up celebrating on the Stadium court with an unexpected win.
Stadium moves to the consolation bracket of the 4A WCD and will face Rogers at Mt. Tahoma on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:45 p.m. The Tigers will need to win three straight games to move on to the Regional Tournament.
TACOMA-AREA BOYS DISTRICT PLAYOFF SCORES
4A - KENTLAKE - 48, STADIUM - 47
4A - BELLARMINE - 60, PUYALLUP - 53
4A - CURTIS - 63, ROGERS - 42
3A - LINCOLN - 72, HAZEN - 60 (3 OT)
3A - FOSS - 54, SUMNER - 46
3A - WILSON - 71, KELSO - 46
3A - PENINSULA - 65, MT. TAHOMA - 54
2A - CLOVER PARK - 78, NO. KITSAP - 65
2A - WASHINGTON - 61, BREMERTON - 55
2A - FIFE - 60, EVERGREEN - 43
NEXT UP - BOYS DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
ALL GAMES SATURDAY, FEB. 14
4A - CURTIS vs. KENTLAKE at PUYALLUP HS - 2:45 p.m.
4A - BELLARMINE vs. KENTWOOD at PUYALLUP HS - 6:30 p.m.
4A - STADIUM vs. ROGERS at MT. TAHOMA - 2:45 p.m.
3A - LINCOLN vs. PENINSULA at ROGERS HS - 1 p.m.
3A - FOSS vs. KENNEDY at ROGERS HS - 4:30 p.m.
3A - WILSON vs. AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW at ROGERS - 6:30 p.m.
3A - MT. TAHOMA vs. HAZEN at CLOVER PARK - 1 p.m.
2A - WASHINGTON vs. RENTON at HENRY FOSS - 1 p.m.
2A - FIFE vs. CLOVER PARK at HENRY FOSS - 2:45 p.m.