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Shadle boys eliminated

Talk about one that got away, the Shadle Park boys basketball team had its season end when Lakes rallied for an overtime win.

Anthony Brown had an outstanding game but his miscues contributed to the Highlanders’ demise.

Read on for the unedited version of the story that will be in Friday’s paper.

Anthony Brown went out with style – some of it in fashion, some out.

The Shadle Park senior, whose next game will be for Washington State, scored 29 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, but along the way he picked up a technical foul for taunting, had a couple critical late turnovers and fouled out in overtime.

That allowed Lakes to eliminate the Highlanders 72-64 Thursday morning at the State 3A boys basketball tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

“I just wasn’t tough enough,” said Brown, who fouled out with 1:13 remaining after an unnecessary backcourt foul following his turnover. “I missed two easy shots, had a couple of stupid fouls and fouled out. I wanted to be there at the end. Too many stupid mistakes.”

The Highlanders had 23 turnovers (seven by Brown as he tried to do too much at times) which the Lancers turned into 24 points. Lakes (17-8) really amped up the pressure late when they stole the game.

“We gave it away,” Shadle Park coach Tim Gaebe said. “Too many turnovers. The kids played hard, we just didn’t play smart. We just needed to take care of the basketball.”

When Matt Barnes scored on a put-back with 2:25 to play, Shadle (20-7) was up 58-54 with 2:25 left in regulation. But the next two possessions were turnovers, which the Lancers turned into a basket and two free throws, tying the game with 1:52 to play.

Then came a 5-second call against Brown with 1:32 to go. Lakes, which lost in the championship game last year, played for a last shot and never got an attempt.

Overtime started with a Brown floater in the lane but Shadle’s next four possessions were three misses and a turnover. Brown fed Barnes to tie the game at 62, but then the roof caved again.

“We had good looks,” Gaebe said. “It came down to making plays and we didn’t make them. The bottom line is we needed to play better.”

The Highlanders shot 52.2 percent in the first half, thanks to a string of making eight in a row. It started with a 3 from the left corner by Taylor Pettersen that broke a 7-7 tie midway through the first quarter. With seven straight, Shadle ended the quarter on a 9-1 run that stretched to 14-1 into the second and finished with a 25-10 lead. Brown was the focal point, obviously, on his way to a 16-point, 12-rebound half.

Lakes used a 9-0 surge to get back into the game.

“They’re a quick team, a good team,” Brown said. “Unfortunately we weren’t tough at the end and that hurt us.”

Robbie Douglas finished with 13 points for Shadle Park. Danny Martinez led Lakes with 19. Andre’ Winston, who had 30 in the Lancers’ opener, had 16 and fouled out early in the fourth quarter.


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