Return Of The Deadeye Soars
Unconscious. On fire. In a zone.
Whatever the latest phrase is for unbelievable shooting, Bryan Brown filled - and invited a few of his own.
The son of former Seattle Sonic “Downtown” Fred Brown personally shot Mercer Island into the championship game of the boys State AAA basketball tournament in the Kingdome.
Brown made seven 3-pointers in the second half, five in a row in the fourth quarter, as the Islanders beat Prairie 67-61 Friday night by outscoring the Falcons 26-14 in the fourth quarter.
“I just got in a zone,” said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Brown. “I started hitting and I couldn’t miss. I told my teammates to set me some picks and get me the ball. I wanted to carry them on my shoulders.”
Brown’s coach Ed Pepple, in his 37th season, 30 at Mercer Island, said, “Nineteen points in 6 minutes. That’s Guiness Book of Records as far as I’m concerned.”
Brown finished with 31 points.
Brown doesn’t play football but reports are he’s a power-hitting first baseman. However, he plans to pursue basketball and is considering an Arizona school, Seattle University or Pacific Lutheran.
Rebuilding the dome, brick by brick
What makes Brown’s performance all the more remarkable was the overall shooting from the tournament.
In the 25 games going into the championship, only twice did both boys teams in the same game shoot better than 50 percent.
On the girls side, the best single-team effort was 47 percent. Kamiakin shot 18 percent in losing to Central Valley. South Kitsap shot 18 percent in its 0-2 visit, making 27-of-127 shots.
Overall, scoring was down seven points a game from last year.
Kamiakin never warmed up against Central Valley but the Bears did after missing their first two shots.
Kamiakin’s streak ends
Kamiakin failed to win a trophy for the first time in seven years. The Braves were third in 1993 and ‘94, fourth the next two years and second last year. Greater Spokane League fans will be happy to note, since Mead didn’t qualify this year, Kamiakin’s run falls short of Mead. The Panthers were champions in 1990, ‘92 and ‘96, second in 1991, third in ‘94, fourth in ‘93 and fifth in ‘95.
Longevity has its rewards. Pepple had a 709-228 record with three state championships in 20 trips to state after Mercer Island defeated Mount Vernon 61-57 Saturday night for the title. One of his titles was in 1993, the same year the Central Valley girls and O’Dea boys, both in finals Saturday, won championships. Pepple also has a grandson on the team, reserve Matt Logie.
From the girls’ championship-game matchup: Federal Way has a sophomore guard, 5-5 Vanika Dickerson, sister of Arizona 6-7 starter Michael Dickerson, who helped the Wildcats win a second-round NCAA game against College of Charleston.
The older sister of CV starter Ginger Clark, Jacque Clark Barrington, is a former starter and a key reserve at Arizona. The Wildcats won their first round NCAA game on Friday, beating Western Kentucky. Barrington was on CV’s 1993 championship team. Dickerson’s Decatur team was upset in 1994 when Ferris won.
Spokane referees in the AAA tournament were Bob LaShaw and Steve Ayres on the boys side and Randy Allen and Paul Nelson for the girls… . Several Enumclaw fans wore T-shirts that read, “Not In Our Pasture.” … Ferris fans were concerned about getting home after the third-place game, which finished at 4 p.m. It was announced twice both passes were closed, although they were expected to be open in the evening. Band director David Weatherred said it would probably cost about $2,000 to keep his 75 musicians and the 25-member drill team in Seattle another night.
Federal Way junior Jessica Iserman had 21 rebounds against Lake Washington, two short of the tournament record. … Clayton Small of Garfield had seven steals, tying a record established by Shadle Park’s Rob Corkrum in a 1990 game against Garfield. … Lincoln set a record with 35 points in a quarter - and it was in the fourth quarter of a 77-72 loss to Bothell when two starters were at the hospital.