Tuttle leads Kamiak past Glacier Peak in overtime | Boys basketball

Knights take down two-time defending league champs
By David Pan | Feb 07, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Carson Tuttle scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Knights to a 66-62 overtime victory over Glacier Peak in a Wesco 4A game Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Kamiak High School.

Kamiak’s Carson Tuttle showed why he’s one of the top players in the Wesco 4A.

Tuttle hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter against Glacier Peak to send the game into overtime and the senior guard then scored seven of his team’s nine points in overtime to lead the Knights to a 66-62 victory in a Wesco 4A boys basketball contest Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Kamiak High School.

To defeat the two-time defending league champions late in the season definitely gives Kamiak a boost heading into this week’s district tournament.

“It’s a huge win,” Tuttle said. “This is going to give us a lot of confidence going forward. It really gives us a lot of energy in the last part of the season.”

Glacier Peak later went on to defeat Monroe 66-61 to clinch its second straight league crown. The Grizzlies beat Kamiak 72-35 in an early January match-up.

“Glacier Peak is an amazing team,” Tuttle said. “They’re really well-coached and they execute their stuff. But fortunately tonight we came out with a lot of energy from the jump and we were able to get on them early in the first and keep rolling through the rest of the game. It’s a huge team win. I know the guys are really excited.”

The two teams headed into halftime tied at 28 and Glacier Peak took a 44-42 lead into the final period. The Grizzlies extended their advantage to 53-48 with 3:24 remaining on a 3-pointer by Bobby Martin and a basket by Noah Forman.

Tuttle cut the deficit to 53-50 with a shot before Forman connected on one of two free throws. Kamiak’s Patrick Olson then made a basket and Daniel Sharpe tied the score at 54 with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Trey Lawrence made one of two free throws and then stole the ball and scored to give the Grizzlies a 57-54 lead with 52 seconds remaining. Glacier Peak had a chance to add to the lead but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw, allowing Tuttle to tie the score with a 3-pointer. The Grizzlies again misfired on two free throws with 8.8 seconds left and Tuttle did not connect on a long 3-point shot at the buzzer for the victory.

Lawrence scored at the start of overtime to give Glacier Peak a brief 59-57 lead before Sharpe made one of two free throws and Tuttle sank a 3-pointer and a 2-point shot, as Kamiak retook the lead for good – 63-59 – with 58 seconds left in overtime.

Sophomore Brayden Corwin hit a 3-pointer to cut the Kamiak lead to 63-62, but Olson made one of two free throws to push the lead back to 64-62. Olson then forced a turnover on the other end of the floor and Tuttle closed out the scoring with another basket.

Tuttle finished with 25 points and Sharpe added 22 points. Olson finished with 7 points and Conner Fitzpatrick had 6 points. Corwin led the Grizzlies with 19 points and Martin had 17 points. Lawrence scored 14 points.

Kamiak coach Cory West noted that the Knights have struggled at times against zone defenses this season. The goal against Glacier Peak was to dictate the action on the offensive end.

“We wanted to be more aggressive and stop being timid and looking around for the next guy,” West said. “We wanted to be aggressive and look for guys to make plays.”

Sharpe elevated his game against the Grizzlies.

“That was huge, him stepping up and being aggressive,” West said.

West wasn’t surprised that his three senior starters – Tuttle, Sharpe and Olson – came up big in an important late season match-up.

“That’s our big three,” West said. “We’re going to depend a lot on those guys, all of our seniors. … I have high expectations for them.”

Tuttle said that the two major differences in the rematch versus the first meeting with Glacier Peak were Kamiak’s emotion at the start of the game and the Knights’ success in crashing the boards.

“We knew that the first time we played them we didn’t come out with the energy that we wanted to come out with, the excitement,” the Kamiak senior co-captain said. “We were very flat. So tonight we just made sure that we played like we had nothing to lose.”

Sharpe and his teammates’ inside game also was instrumental.

“We cleaned up our rebounding a little bit this game,” Tuttle said. “We really executed inside with Danny and Landon Overturf. Danny, especially, he took over in the paint.”

Depending on how the district tournament goes, Kamiak and Glacier might play each other again.

“Hopefully, we’ll see them again,” West said. “That’s still one of the best teams in Wesco.”

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