TACOMA – For everything you hear about the wonderful power of the number seven, it sure hasn’t been a lucky number for the Snohomish Panthers.
With a chance to finish fourth in the state Saturday afternoon in a Class 4A boys basketball tournament at Tacoma Dome, the Snohomish boys basketball team found itself in a familiar place – seventh. After falling 65-62 against the Eisenhower Cadets, the Panthers took seventh for the third time in the last four years.
Playing his final game in a Snohomish uniform, 6-foot-8 forward Jon Brockman had game-highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds. The University of Washington-bound senior scored the 2,000th point of his career during the loss, which ended Snohomish’s season at 21-7.
Even in defeat, Brockman appreciated his team’s surprising tourney run. “I’m more than happy,” he said afterward. “The expectation for this team was, by everyone, two-and-out. Everyone thought, ‘They’ll be back in school by Friday.’”
Instead, the Panthers were 2-2 and led Eisenhower (26-4) early in the fourth quarter before falling short. Senior guard Jake Hammons tallied 17 points.
Forward Jack Loofburrow scored all but three of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for the victorious Cadets.
Snohomish coach Len Bone was ejected following two technical fouls midway through the fourth quarter. It was the first ejection ever for Bone, who said he had been whistled for just three or four ‘Ts’ in his entire coaching career before Saturday.
The first technical came when Bone questioned a call with 5:39 remaining in the game. One official warned the coach to remain seated after the call. Six seconds later, Bone stood up and was immediately called for a second ‘T’ and ejected.
“I wish I could have watched (the finish),” Bone said.
Eisenhower-A. Johnson 13, Gipson 12, Groth 4. Loofburrow 16, B. Johnson 14, Gavin 2, Harris 4. Snohomish-Hammons 17, Brockman 27, Van Duine 4, Wilde 8, Follis 2, Bone 2, Delaney 2. 3-point goals-Hammons 5, Wilde 1, Gipson 2, B. Johnson 1, A. Johnson 1. Records-Eisenhower 26-4 overall. Snohomish 21-7.