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Originally published February 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM | Page modified February 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

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O’Dea trounces Mercer Island in boys basketball

O’Dea stepped on the gas pedal early and did not let up in the Sea-King 3A District tournament game, trouncing the Islanders 77-32 to guarantee a regional berth.

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Jamie Orme’s explanation of Tuesday’s win was fairly straightforward.

“Everyone played well. We got the win. We did what we had to do,” the senior said.

Orme might have simplified it a bit too much. O’Dea stepped on the gas pedal early and did not let up in the Sea-King 3A District tournament game, trouncing the Mercer Island Islanders 77-32 to guarantee a regional berth.

The Irish dominated every facet of the contest, putting any doubt to rest with a 25-3 run that started in the first quarter and went until halftime. The 35-12 lead at intermission only got bigger as the Irish hit shot after shot and Mercer Island struggled to find the bottom of the net.

“Definitely,” said Irish coach Al Hairston, when asked if it was O’Dea’s most complete game of the season. “It was against a quality team, it was a good quality program like Mercer Island. To hold them to 12 points in a half, yes, definitely. That’s the best we’ve played this year. That’s the best we’ve shot the ball.”

O’Dea gained an early advantage when Mercer Island big man Andrew Pickles was forced to the bench midway through the first with his second foul. Pickles quickly picked up his third upon re-entry in the second quarter and was again sent to the sideline.

With Pickles on the bench, Jacob Lampkin had his way in the interior, finishing with 11 of his 13 points in the deciding first half. Orme was also able to take advantage with the Islanders forward out of the game, using an array of inside moves and midrange jumpers to score a game-high 22 points. The senior also added his first three-pointer of the season.

“We knew what was on the line. This is a trip to regionals,” Hairston said. “So the focus and intensity, sense of urgency was there.”

Mercer Island, which held a players-only meeting after the defeat, will play to keep its season alive on Friday at Bellevue College against Bainbridge, which lost 86-48 to Rainier Beach in Tuesday’s late game. O’Dea will play Rainier Beach on Thursday at Bellevue College for an opportunity to play for the district championship.

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