Bellarmine Prep got revenge for two regular-season losses to crosstown rival Stadium, pulling out a 45-38 win over the Tigers on Saturday evening at Auburn High School to claim the third seed to the state regionals.
With Bellarmine Prep leading 36-32 with under two minutes remaining, Stadium star forward Lucious Brown was whistled for his fourth personal foul, and then called for a technical foul to be disqualified. Malachi Flynn hit two of the resulting four free throws, then drilled a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to give the Lions a 41-32 lead with 1:29 remaining.
Flynn led the Lions with 17 points, helping fill the void left by Bellarmine Prep leading scorer Mar’kese Jackson, who injured his ankle just over two minutes into the game and didn’t return. Senior guard Carson Hollyoak added 11 points for the Lions, including a three-pointer with three minutes until halftime that helped Bellarmine Prep take a 19-12 lead at the break. Drew Griffin came off the bench to score six points and collect a team-high 11 rebounds for the Lions. Brown finished with 14 points for Stadium before fouling out.
With the win, the Lions were likely to host Issaquah in the state regionals at a yet-to-be-determined South Sound site. Stadium likely faces an ominous trip up north to take on top-ranked Jackson. The 4A regional draw takes place Sunday afternoon.
BELLARMINE PREP: Malachi Flynn 17, Carson Hollyoak 11, Will Wolf 10, Drew Griffin 6, Rex Bodoia 1
STADIUM: Lucious Brown 14, Bobby Moorehead 9, Malik Mayeux 4, Mark Galanesi 4, Eric Tuttle 4, Blake Budzisz 3