Saturday, December 31, 2016
|Phillip Pepple leaps toward the basket in SC-SW game|
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The Shorecrest boys basketball team came, saw, and conquered the last three days, winning the QFC Holiday Tournament at Bothell High by convincingly defeating the previously-undefeated hosts, the Bothell Cougars, 80-61, in the championship game Friday night.
The Scots opened tourney play Wednesday against the Kelowna, B.C. Owls, last year's undefeated provincial champions. Shorecrest blazed to a 28-2 lead in the first six minutes and were never headed from that point. Four Scots tallied double figures in the opener, with Phillip Pepple leading the way with 20 points. Daggy Menelik had 18, Chris Lee 15, and Malcolm Rosier-Butler 14.
Thursday night's semi-final match was against vaunted O'Dea, and the Scots bested the Irish, 74-67. Chris Lee led all scorers with 26, while Pepple and Rosier-Butler each notched 23 points.
Friday's finals were against an undefeated (9-0) Bothell Cougar team that was missing a couple players to injury. Showing no pity, the Scots once again started fast, leading 19-10 after the first quarter. SC took a 32-25 lead into halftime. Shots were falling from all directions in the second half for the Scots as they scorched the nets for 27 third quarter points and 21 in the last quarter, when Coach Brian Fischer was able to empty his bench in the game's final minutes.
Throughout the three games the Scots combined tenacious ball-hawking defense, unselfish ball movement, and smart heads-up play to bring home the champion's trophy.
Rosier-Butler, Lee, and Pepple were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Pepple earning MVP honors.
Shorecrest (9-1) resumes play at Meadowdale Tuesday night at 7:15.
Schedules for all teams can be found here