Over the past several years the Bellevue Wolverines boys basketball team has exuded a propensity for peaking at the right time.
The Wolverines, who haven’t suffered a defeat since Dec. 30, were victorious for the eighth time in a row courtesy of a convincing 67-28 win against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 23 at Bellevue High School. The Wolverines currently have an overall record of 15-3 including a 11-1 record in KingCo 3A/2A play with just two regular season games remaining on the schedule. Sammamish dropped to 6-12 with the loss. Bellevue surrendered just 10 field goals in 32 minutes of play against Sammamish. Bellevue senior guard Trevor Pool was one of those players who played formidable defense, creating turnovers in the backcourt which translated into easy baskets for his team.
“Our guards are definitely putting more pressure on guys. Trevor has done a great job all season long. I have been putting him on the other team’s best player every game. He has just been phenomenal defensively this year,” Bellevue head coach Chris O’Connor said.
O’Connor said his team’s defense has improved significantly throughout the 2017-18 season.
“We’ve tried to improve our communication and talk to each other a little bit more. We’re still a work in progress. Last Saturday (victory against Chief Sealth) we held a team to 44 points and tonight to 25 points so I can’t complain too much,” O’Connor said with a smile.
Bellevue senior forward Andrew Kenny turned in a dominating performance in the scoring department against Sammamish. Kenny, who scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half, knocked down three shots from beyond the arc against the Totems. Kenny also threw down a thunderous dunk on the first possession of the second half of play.
“He does everything. One thing about high school basketball is that you have to do a little bit of everything. In summer ball you kind of get used to one specific role but in high school you got to play inside, outside and do a lot of different things. Andrew does that for us,” O’Connor said.
With the playoffs looming on the horizon, O’Connor is confident his team will continue to rise to the occasion.
“Right now I think we’re just kind of hungry to finish these last two games, stay focused, win another KingCo championship and then go to the playoffs,” he said.