Things look bleak for Gonzaga Prep at the outset of their game against Decatur, which started at 7:30 p.m. Outscored 17-2 Prep struggled in first quarter before Sean Fischer hits two 3’s and David Stockton scores near end of period for 17-10 deficit.
From there the Bullpups regrouped, outscored Decatur to take a 31-26 halftime lead.
Nicholas goes wild, 11 points, 48-45 prep after three quarters.
Nicholas hits two FTs, puts G-Prep up 52-48 with 3:55 to play.
Score remains the same, but now 2:47 remain. LC girls close to tipping off vs. Federal Way.
Marcus Gibbs gets away with a major shove on Stockton, gets the steal and layin. Tie at 54. But Nicholas hits two FTs to put G-Prep back on top 56-54 as clock hits 1:00.
Out of a timeout, Terrell Wiliams gets a good look at a 3 but hits iron only. Nicholas rebounds, gets fouled and hits both FTs for a 58-54 lead. 15.8 seconds left.
Another missed 3. Stocton rebounds this one and heads to the line with 7.1 seconds left and a chance to ice things.
FINAL — Gonzaga Prep 60, Decatur 54.
The Bullpups looked poised down the stretch — much like the team that won the GSL title.
Quick stats of note from the final box:
Nicholas 22 points … 7x12 from the field, 8x8 from the line, to go with 6 rebounds.
Stockton had six turnovers maneuvering through the Decatur pressure but also had 13 points, seven boards and three steals.
Tibbs led Decatur with 19 points but was only 2-of-8 from 3-point range. Also had seven assists.
G-Prep held Decatur to 36 percent shooting (18-of-50) and outboarded the Gators 35-31.