Fourth-quarter woes sink Kamiak | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Jan 30, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Charlie Powers goes up for a shot against Glacier Peak.

Kamiak showed some grit and determination in its rematch with Glacier Peak.

In the first meeting between the two teams in late December, the Grizzlies scorched the Knights by 36 points, holding Kamiak to single digits in each of the four quarters en route to an overwhelming 67-29 rout.

This time Kamiak matched the defending league champions basket for basket in the first two quarters before Glacier Peak pulled away in the second half for a 54-40 victory in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, at Kamiak High School.

“The competitive spirit was on an entirely different level,” Knights coach Brandon Corsi said of his team’s play in Friday’s contest. “We’ve come a long ways. … I thought the guys did a great job of playing a playoff level game.”

Glacier Peak (10-1 in the league, 12-5 overall) took a 15-13 lead after the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Evan Mannes gave the Grizzlies a 28-25 halftime lead. Glacier Peak extended its advantage to 11 points before Kamiak’s Charlie Powers connected on back-to-back baskets (a 3- and 2-pointer) to cut the lead to 37-30 as the teams headed for the final period.

Glacier Peak then cranked up the defensive pressure with a half-court trap that disrupted Kamiak’s offense.

“They switched to a little half-court trap that with their length and their speed and their size really threw us off,” Corsi said. “We just weren’t able to solve it.”

The Grizzlies prevented the Knights from getting the ball into the middle of the court where they could find either their shooters or players who would slash to the basket.

“It was, for our young guys, tough to solve when you’ve got 6-5, 6-4 coming at you and we’re trying to attack the gaps and look to get it right in the middle,” Corsi said. “We had it a couple of times. We didn’t execute it well enough.”

Glacier Peak went on a 10-3 run to take a 47-33 lead three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Knights cut the deficit to 11 points midway through the period but could get no closer.

“They’re such a disciplined, well-balanced team,” Corsi said. “If you make some mistakes, they’re going to make you pay right away.”

Kamiak knew going in what Glacier Peak might do, but Corsi said that it’s was hard to simulate game-like conditions in practice.

“It’s a lot different when you get out under the lights and you’ve got some guys that’s what they run and that’s what they do,” he said. “Our kids are going to get better from playing against elite level competition like that.”

Powers led Kamiak with a game-high 19 points. Teammate Ben Ferrara added 14 points.

“Ben Ferrara did a really good job,” Corsi said. “I thought he did an excellent job stepping up and going against Mannes, one of their big guys. … His effort and intensity ended up getting him some buckets on the offensive end.”

Mannes scored 16 points and Fletcher Douglas finished with 13 points for the Grizzlies.

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