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Seattle Prep boys topple No. 1 Rainier Beach, 61-56 | Sea-King 3A Basketball

Mitch Brewe's face told the story. The Seattle Prep senior had a bloody bandage on his lower lip — he caught a shoe to the face during...

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BELLEVUE — Mitch Brewe's face told the story.

The Seattle Prep senior had a bloody bandage on his lower lip — he caught a shoe to the face during a fall and his tooth punched through — and gauze stuffed up his nose.

But he was smiling. He wouldn't let a little pain — he needed stitches — get in the way of celebrating Seattle Prep's 61-56 win over top-ranked Rainier Beach in the Sea-King 3A District title game Saturday at Bellevue College.

"He's a heavyweight," Seattle Prep coach Mike Kelly said. "It was like Frazier and Ali. I'm really proud of him."

The Panthers (21-5) secured the district's No. 1 seed into the regional round of the state playoffs and will play the No. 4 seed out of District 3/4 at 8 p.m. Friday at Bellevue College. The Vikings (23-3) are the No. 2 seed and play the winner of Tuesday's Shorecrest-Glacier Peak game at 6 p.m. Friday at Bellevue College.

"We've talked a lot about playing for championships," said Brewe, who scored 16 points and came back into the game after his injury. "The district championship is just another step toward our ultimate goal, which is state."

Both teams swung haymakers all night long. Rainier Beach, which led by five at halftime, got early contributions from a number of players, including Djuan Piper (he finished with 11 points), Naim Ladd (12) and Anrio Adams (17).

Brewe and junior D.J. Fenner weathered the blows and answered. Fenner scored a game-high 28 points, but had plenty of help. Josh Martin grabbed big rebounds and pass-first point guard Michael Phillips drained back-to-back 15-footers in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 49.

"This is a nice reward toward our goal, which is a state championship," Fenner said. "You've got to get there somehow. To be able to come out here with a chip on our shoulder and prove to everybody we're contenders for that state 'chip, that's a big thing."

It was a physical, back-and-forth matchup that ended with Brewe celebrating a win over Rainier Beach for the first time in his Seattle Prep career.

"It's tough to beat Rainier Beach," Brewe said.

He is right in more ways than one. His face, bloodied, bruised, but still smiling, proved it.

Other games

O'Dea 70, Lake Washington 57 (third-fourth)

Sekou Wiggs scored a game-high 29 points — he knocked down five three-pointers — helping eighth-ranked O'Dea (19-7) secure the Sea-King District's No. 3 seed into the regional round of the state playoffs.

Darien Nelson-Henry finished with 20 points for No. 5 Lake Washington (19-6), which is the No. 4 seed.

Mercer Island 63, Franklin 61 (winner fifth, loser out)

Mercer Island held off Franklin in a furious finish, earning a trip to the regional round of the state playoffs.

Joe Rasmussen scored a game-high 22 points for the Islanders (21-8), while Patrick Ball led the Quakers (17-8) with 18.


Franklin 30, Lakeside 24 (district championship)

Add another title, and another win, to Franklin's resume. The fourth-ranked Quakers (21-3), who won the Metro League Tournament title, claimed the Sea-King 3A District crown and their 17th straight win.

Jadea Brundidge and Patrice Toston scored 11 points apiece to lead Franklin, while Zoe Walker scored 10 to lead Lakeside (19-7).

Cleveland 55, Seattle Prep 38 (third-fourth)

No. 8 Seattle Prep pulled away in the final minutes, outscoring Cleveland 25-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the district's No. 3 seed. Purshall Artison scored 17 points for the Panthers (20-6).

Makayla Roper led fifth-ranked Cleveland (19-6) with 18 points.

Juanita 52, Bellevue 37 (winner fifth, loser out)

Kate Cryderman scored a game-high 18 points, as Juanita (21-5) cruised past Bellevue and into the regional round of the state playoffs. Katie Savard scored eight for the Wolverines (14-11).

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