TACOMA – Tim Gaebe may see seven letters in his dreams for a while.
Brothers Andre Winston Jr. and Isaac Winston torched Gaebe’s Highlanders for a combined 52 points to lead Lakes past Shadle Park 76-68 for third place at the boys State 3A tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
“The Winston boys shot the ball really well,” Gaebe said. “Then at the end, they got too many O-board opportunities and we needed to make a couple of shots.”
The Highlanders certainly made more shots than they did one night earlier against the Enumclaw Hornets.
It took Shadle Park 9 minutes, 10 seconds to score its first points Friday night. Less than 24 hours later, Brett Boese buried a 3-pointer just 14 seconds into the contest, giving the Highlanders a 3-0 lead.
“I think we were just more relaxed today,” Boese said. “Last night, with it being Enumclaw and all. There was a lot on the line.”
Boese finished with 16 points and four rebounds. He made four 3-pointers, matching senior teammate Robby Douglas in that category.
Douglas, who suffered through a 3-for-18 performance against the Hornets, made 11 of 25 shots against Lakes to finish with 29 points. He also had eight rebounds.
But Douglas had only team-high, not game-high, scoring honors.
That was because of Andre Winston Jr.
The senior, who has signed with James Madison University, lit up Shadle for 33 points and eight rebounds. Winston also broke the 16-year-old single-tournament scoring record with 119 total points in four games.
“It’s big, especially for our program,” Winston said. “I had no idea. I almost came late to the game, because I had some other family business to take care of.”
The record-breaker came on what otherwise would have been a meaningless uncontested layin with 2 seconds to play.
It gave Winston one more point than Aberdeen’s omm’A Givens scored in 1994.
“That kid is unreal,” Boese said. “He’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever played against.”
Winston’s brother, Isaac, added 19 for Lakes.
But even with the prolific outputs of the Winstons, the Highlanders had a chance down the stretch.
Trailing 58-54 entering the fourth quarter, Shadle quickly saw the deficit grow to 10. The Lancers made two 3-pointers in the first 2 minutes of the quarter to take a 64-54 advantage.
But when Taylor Pettersen sank a 3-pointer for the Highlanders with 2:55 to go, Shadle had cut the deficit to 65-63.
That was as close as the Highlanders came.
“To compete against a team like that, it’s a great accomplishment,” Gaebe said. “But you’ve just got to make plays.”
It was the second straight game that Shadle has endured a superior performance from an opponent.
Riley Carel twice extended Enumclaw leads Friday, making 3-point buzzer-beaters to close the first and second quarters. Then came Winston.
“Hey, that’s the state tournament,” Gaebe said. “Both those guys are playmakers. You just hope you’ve got at least one or two yourself to keep up.”