Rainier Beach (10-5, 5-0) boys basketball head coach Mike Bethea has quite possibly his most talented team in years -- No.6 in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. Their last game, a 72-65 win over Bainbridge (6-3, 2-2), got the Vikings their 10th win of the season and senior point guard David Crisp was a main reason why.
Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach PG David Crisp
With Shaqquan Aaron -- signed to play next season under Rick Pitino at Louisville -- at his disposal, Crisp took it upon himself to take the lead and hold off the Spartans. Aaron, who started off the first quarter draining two three-pointers, finished with 12 points while Crisp ended with a game high 37, including a pivotal three-pointer under 2:00 in the fourth quarter.
His performance against the Spartans was preceded by a 33 point game against Bishop Gorman (Nev.). It would seem Crisp, as well as his Vikings teammate DeJuan Piper, have caught the eye of the Washington coaching staff.
Recently Crisp and Piper received offers from Washington and Crisp now has the Huskies as his top choice.
"It felt good," Crisp told Realdawg.com of his offer. "It's nice that my hard work is starting to pay off. They're my top choice now."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Crisp also holds offers from Boise State and Nebraska. He said that Creighton and Princeton have also shown interest. Additionally, he cleared up that he is a 2015 recruit and will be going to a prep school for one year before going off to the school of his choosing.
The prep school has yet to be decided but he is going to take his time on choosing his college.
Rainier Beach Holds Off Bainbridge For 72-65 Win:
Bainbridge Is., Wash -- It has been four years since Bainbridge has beaten Rainier Beach. At that time Will DiIorio -- who made the game winning three pointer -- was still just a junior and Steve Henderson was the head coach.
After the first five minutes in the first quarter Friday -- it felt like Bainbridge could pull off the upset. The Vikings (10-0, 5-0) jumped out to a 16-3 lead just 4:42 into the first quarter. Louisville-bound Shaqquan Aaron dropped in two quick 3's and David Crisp, the teams senior point guard, added in four of his own.
Following a timeout with 4:42 in the first quarter the Spartans went on a tear, closing the first quarter down three 17-14. Led by senior Joey Blacker and a host of juniors including Trent Schulte, Ben Beatie and Oskar Dieterich , Bainbridge continued to go basket-for-basket to close out the first trailing 31-28.
Blacker put in seventeen at halftime while Crisp added 12 and Aaron added 9. Starting the second half Crisp led the Vikings on an early 8-0 run before Bainbridge responded with a 6-0 of their own.
In the end the Spartans inability to convert free throws down the end cost them as Crisp finished off the game knocking in a corner three to give the Vikings a 70-65 lead with :31 seconds left. Two free throws by Aaron sealed the 72-65 win for Beach but Spartans head coach Scott Orness came away pleased.
"He really stepped up," Orness said of Blacker who finished with 25 points. "I think he put the guys on his coattails...I think that game wasn't just a good game for Joey but for our entire program."
Even with the loss, Bainbridge still falls to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the Metro League, two wins above their total last year through nine games. Before their game against Beach, Orness believed his team could compete with anyone. The feeling was still their following the loss.
"I think we're flying under the radar a little bit," he said. "We're going to surprise some teams this year that aren't prepared. Our guys are really working hard -- their executing the offense and defense really well. One of the things we do well is keep teams off the boards."
Without senior forward DeJuan Piper, Bainbridge controlled the boards for a majority of the game allowing just eight points off tip-in's.
"I think we only game Rainier Beach five offensive boards in the first half. That's one of the keys to stopping Beach, keep them off the glass and stop their penetration. We had a few times in the fourth quarter we struggled with that which put them ahead."
Bainbridge might not have the offers -- but they make up for it with unity. It wasn't enough to knockoff the No.6 team in the nation but they came very close to doing so. Orness has his Spartans in great shape for a potential state title run.
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