Sammamish Totems junior Adama Drammeh (No. 10) takes the ball to the hoop against the Franklin Pierce Cardinals in a non-league contest on Jan. 3 in Bellevue. Drammeh finished with a total of nine points in the loss. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Sammamish Totems junior Adama Drammeh (No. 10) takes the ball to the hoop against the Franklin Pierce Cardinals in a non-league contest on Jan. 3 in Bellevue. Drammeh finished with a total of nine points in the loss. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Cardinals cruise past Totems on the hardwood

Franklin Pierce junior Claudell Quinland scores a game-high 33 points.

Full-court pressure and proficiency from the perimeter propelled the Franklin Pierce Cardinals boys basketball team to a convincing victory in a non-league game against the Sammamish Totems.

Franklin Pierce sharpshooter Claudell Quinland scored a game-high 33 points in his squad’s 81-66 win on the road against Sammamish on Jan. 3 in Bellevue. Quinland hit nine 3-pointers in the triumph.

“We like to shoot a lot of threes (3-pointers). Claudell was definitely feeling it tonight. Our guys did a good job of finding him,” Cardinals head coach John Barbee said.

Franklin Pierce unveiled a full-court press defense after every single made basket. The trapping defense resulted in a multitude of Totems turnovers, which translated into easy buckets for the Cardinals.

“That has been our staple,” Barbee said of his team’s defense. “Our defense was able to create opportunities on the offensive end. Obviously when you press, you score in spurts. I thought we had some really good runs and created a hole for them (deficit) to try to get out of.”

Despite trailing the entire game, the Totems outscored the Cardinals 23-22 in the fourth quarter of play.

“We knew coming in they weren’t ever going to quit. They are well coached and got some good stuff going on over there,” Barbee said of the Totems.

Sammamish senior forward Connor McAlaine scored a team-high 15 points in the loss.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

NFL Titans vs. Colts Live Stream Free on Reddit: How to Watch NFL Week 12 Football

The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) and Tennessee Titans (7-3) are heading for a… Continue reading

NFL Raiders vs. Falcons Live Stream Free Reddit : How to Watch NFL Football

The Atlanta Falcons (3-7) host the Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) at Mercedes-Benz… Continue reading

NFL Panthers vs. Vikings Live Stream Free Reddit : Where to watch NFL Week 12 Football

The Carolina Panthers (4-7) bring QB Teddy Bridgewater home to the team… Continue reading

NFL Week 12 Titans vs. Colts NFL Live Stream Free on Reddit

The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) and Tennessee Titans (7-3) are heading for a… Continue reading

NFL 49ers vs. Rams Live Stream Free on Reddit

The best defensive player in the NFL doesn’t need any added motivation,… Continue reading

NFL Panthers vs. Vikings Live Stream Free Reddit

The Carolina Panthers (4-7) bring QB Teddy Bridgewater home to the team… Continue reading

Raiders vs. Falcons Live Stream Free Reddit : Watch NFL Week 12 Football

The Atlanta Falcons (3-7) host the Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) at Mercedes-Benz… Continue reading

NFL Week 12 Steelers vs. Ravens Live Stream Free on Reddit

The Baltimore Ravens (6-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) have been rescheduled from… Continue reading

Saints vs. Broncos NFL Live Stream Free Reddit: Watch NFL Week 12 Football

The last time the Denver Broncos faced the New Orleans Saints, it… Continue reading

Chiefs vs. Buccaneers NFL Live Stream Free Reddit: Watch NFL Week 12 Football

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) look to right the ship at Raymond… Continue reading

Titans vs. Colts NFL Live Stream Free Reddit: Watch NFL Week 12 Football

The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) and Tennessee Titans (7-3) are heading for a… Continue reading