MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The Shorecrest boys basketball team had waited almost 20 years to reach the state basketball tournament’s round of 16. Unfortunately for the Scots, O’Dea made the return trip a short one.
Quin Barnard scored 26 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Irish escaped with a 73-69 win on Friday at Mountlake Terrace H.S.
The Scots hadn’t made a state appearance since 1995 and were less than a minute away from advancing to the 3A quarterfinals, having rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 69-68 lead. But Barnard buried a 3-pointer from the corner, his fifth triple of the night, and the Scots couldn’t convert a 3 on their last possession.
Masamba Njadoe led Shorecrest with 23 points and nine rebounds. Conin Oishi added 13 points and Daniel Ghebremichael chipped in with 12 points.
“Masamba had a big night and we had a lot of guys pitch in, but it just wasn’t enough,” Scots head coach Brian Fischer said. “We needed one more bucket, one more stop.”
At Mountlake Terrace H.S.
O’Dea 23 19 12 19 — 73
Shorecrest 19 20 12 18 — 69
O’Dea—Quin Barnard 26, Kerion Goodwin 5, Jamar Kemp 3, Jerome Kidd 0, Tyler Kidd 6, Jacob Lampkin 15, Jamie Orme 10, David Woodard 8. Shorecrest—Conin Oishi 13, Drew Magaoay 0, Connor Hyppa 3, Daniel Ghebremichael 12, Benny Ortega 9, Tobyn Lawson 0, Alex Hofstrand 9, Aaron Kelly 0, Masamba Njadoe 23. Davis Strand 0, Zach Lawson 0. 3-point goals—Barnard 5, Goodwin, Woodward 2, Oishi, Hyppa, Ortega, Hofstrand. Records—O’Dea 17-10 overall. Shorecrest 16-7 overall.