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No. 3 O’Dea tops Eastside Catholic thanks to late tip-in | Boys basketball

Jamie Orme tipped in a missed shot with 3.5 seconds left to give Irish a thrilling 64-63 home win over the Crusaders.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The only thing that was going through Jamie Orme’s mind during the final few seconds was to get in position for a rebound. A missed shot ended up falling directly to Orme, and the senior knew exactly what to do.

“I was thinking I had to finish it,” he said. “It was too close of a game for me not to finish it.”

Orme tipped in a missed shot with 3.5 seconds left to give O’Dea a thrilling 64-63 home win over Eastside Catholic on Friday.

Orme’s put-back capped a chaotic final four minutes that saw the teams tie or take the lead 10 times. The Crusaders had taken a 63-62 lead with 18 seconds left when Ian Christie drained a corner three-pointer.

Tyler Kidd brought the ball back up for the Irish, but he fumbled the ball as he drove down the left side of the lane. Teammate Jamar Kemp picked up the loose ball on the right block and had an open look for the lead, but his layup was too hard off the backboard.

Orme, though, was there to clean up the mess, and the 6-foot-6 wing had no trouble dropping in the game-winner.

Mandrell Worthy’s double-clutch, running three-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer for the Crusaders.

“I was really proud of our kids because there were a couple times where things went sideways,” O’Dea coach Al Hairston said. “We didn’t hang our heads, we bounced back and went out and did what it took to get it done.”

For the most part, Eastside Catholic successfully took 6-foot-9 O’Dea forward Jacob Lampkin out of the Irish’s game plan by fronting him and bringing backside help. Kidd provided a scoring boost, though, with a team-high 20 points. Orme added 14 and Lampkin contributed 13.

The scoring of Worthy and Alex Vilarino, though, kept the game tight for the Crusaders. Eastside Catholic took its first lead, 54-52, since the first quarter when Zach Wallin finished a layup with 3:14 left in the game. From there, the teams traded buckets the rest of the way.

Worthy scored a game-high 23 points, while Vilarino added 16.

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