Bellarmine Prep forward Rex Bodoia took advantage of some serious space in the paint, and his dominant effort helped Bellarmine Prep claim a spot in the district playoffs with a 70-56 win over Yelm at home tonight.
Bodoia was 11-for-16 from the field for a game-high 23 points, and added a game-high 19 rebounds, setting the tone from the very start. The junior was 5-for-5 in the first quarter for 10 points, and his rebound and put-back at the start of the second quarter put the Lions up 24-16. Malachi Flynn put Bellarmine up 33-21 with a three-pointer midway through the period, which tied the Lions’ largest lead of the game.
Yelm closed to within 35-27 at the break on a layup in the final minute by Christian Davis, who was 6-for-9 in the first half for 15 of his team-high 20 points. Elijah Fuller – who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tornadoes – nailed a three-pointer with 3:30 to go in the third quarter to pull within 46-42. But Bodoia went back to work, driving for layups at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to push the Lions back to a 56-44 lead. The Lions’ Mar’kese Jackson scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Bellarmine Prep pull away.
Will Wolf added 12 points and six rebounds for the Lions, and Carson Hollyoak finished with 10 points. The Lions finished the Narrows 4A schedule on a six-game winning streak, moving into a second-place tie with South Kitsap for second place. The Lions will face the Wolves – who won 63-46 over first-place Stadium – on Saturday at Stadium High School to determine the second and third seeds into the district tournament.
YELM: Christian Davis 20, Elijah Fuller 17, Chad Davis 10, Christopher Burian 6, Paul Cruz 2, Rylan Carrier 1
BELLARMINE PREP: Rex Bodoia 23, Mar’kese Jackson 14, Will Wolf 12, Carson Hollyoak 10, Malachi Flynn 6, Garrett McKay 3, Alec Foege 2