The Meadowdale Mavericks on Thursday night came close to upsetting the ninth-ranked Mountlake Terrace Hawks, who had to win it on their final shot. Down by a point with 0:47 to go in the game, the Hawks passed for a good 30 seconds before Prescott Day tried a 10-foot jump shot that clanged off the rim and straight to Greg Bowman. Bowman easily made the putback to give the Hawks a one-point lead with about 20 seconds left. The Mavs came up the floor fast and called a timeout to set up their last shot.
The Hawks probably expected the ball to go to the Mavs scoring leader, Barrett Carlow. Instead they fed Charlie White the ball, who drove and had an open look for a lay-in that fell short. Jacob Perkins grabbed the rebound with three seconds left but his attempt was partially blocked by Loren Lacasse. Matthew Moisant came down with the rebound and was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. The Hawks were only in the single bonus, and when Moisant missed the first shot, White was there to get the rebound. His desperation heave from deep in the backcourt went wide, and the Hawks hung on to win 42-41.
In the 3A contest, the Mavs managed to hold Mountlake Terrace to the least amount of total points scored in a game all year, despite being out-sized by Hawks. But in the end the Mavericks lost in largely the same ways they were losing during their four-game losing streak: they shot 8 for 15 from the free throw line, they turned the ball over too often they and they gave up second-chance baskets.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter after Lacasse made a 3. That was the only 3 Mountlake Terrace would make, as the Hawks finished 1 for 13 from beyond the arc. Barrett Carlow, in response, made a 3 of his own to make it 5-3. The Mavs fared better from 3-point range, but not too much better; they shot just 5 for 26. Meadowdale tied the game up, but Bowman broke that tie right away when he made a lay-in while fouled. He made the free throw to make it 8-5 Hawks with 5:00 to play. Perkins started the game for the Mavs, but after they went down 5-0, head coach Andy Streit put in all-speed players. The switch worked remarkably well. The Hawks kept trying to push the tempo to get past the defense, but the Mavericks matched it, which frustrated Mountlake Terrace and caused lots of turnovers. On the other side, the Hawks played man-to-man defense all night. The Mavs were able to get around it to take a lot of open 3-pointers, but the key was guarded extremely well.
The two teams continued to trade baskets before the Mavs went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter. It started when Griffin Over made a three-pointer to tie the game at 14 with 3:00 left, then after a steal, Landon Hopkins drove in to the key and threw up a prayer that fell in to give the Mavs a 16-14 lead. Two free throws from Carlow were the final points of the quarter, and the Mavs held a 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks stayed in the game by making free throws, as they went 11 for 13 from the charity stripe. Two quick free throws at the start of the second ended the Meadowdale run. Over started the scoring for the Mavs when he drove through the lane and made a lay-in while fouled. He missed the free throw, but Meadowdale’s lead went to 20-16. That started a 10-0 run. When Mountlake Terrace was trying to bring the ball up, Carlow stole the ball at half-court, went back the other way and made a lay-in while fouled. The free throw clanked off the rim, yet the Mavs held a 22-16 lead. Over capped the run with another 3 to make it 28-16 with 3:40 left in the half. Bowman ended that run finally when he banked a short jumper, and that would start a 12-0 run that spanned from the end of the second to midway through the third. This run would tie the game in the third, but only six points of it were scored in the second quarter. The Mavs held a 28-22 lead at the end of the half.
The run continued, as the Hawks got points through a combination of free throws and short jump shots. Mountlake Terrace took a fair amount of open 3-pointers and long jump shots, but those points weren’t as integral to their scoring. After the Hawks tied the game up, the Mavericks came up the court. Carlow got the ball at the top of the key and threw an alley-oop to Perkins, who was streaking down the side. Perkins slammed the ball home to make it 30-28 Meadowdale with 6:00 left. But Carlow wasn’t done. A minute later, he just shot a three-pointer rather than an alley-oop. It went in, and the Mavs had a 33-28 lead. After that, the Mavs could not get anything going on offense. They were able to get open looks from the 3-point range, but those shots weren’t dropping. When they attacked the key, they either turned the ball over (six turnovers in the third) or missed their shots. Meadowdale made one free throw before the end of the quarter for their last point of the third. On the other side, the Hawks continued to make their free throws, but also struggled with jump shots. The last five minutes of the quarter was a defensive battle with the Mavericks leading at the end of the third, 34-33.
The first three minutes of the fourth quarter featured both teams turning the ball over every possession. With 5:00 left, Lacasse made a reverse lay-in to give the Hawks their first lead since the first quarter, 36-35. Then Lacasse made it 38-35 after sinking a step-back jumper and added a lay-in a minute later. The Hawks held a 40-35 lead when Harry White made a three with 2:00 left. That cut the lead to two points. Next possession, after a defensive rebound, Carlow got a lead pass, blew past the defense and made a lay-in while fouled. He hit the free throw to put the Mavs up 41-40 with 1:45 left. The Mavs defense held strong next possession, and with 0:47 left, Carlow was fouled at halfcourt. However, the Mavs were not in the bonus and had to inbound the ball. The inbounds pass bounced off the hands of a Maverick and out of bounds, giving the Hawks the ball back with 0:45 to play. And the Hawks took 30 seconds of the shot clock before Day went up for a 10-foot jumper that bounced off the rim. The Mavs, who were so good at boxing out the rest of the game, got unlucky on the bounce and it went straight to Bowman. Bowman made a lay-in to give the Hawks a 42-41 lead with less 0:20 left.
After calling timeout, the Mavs inbounded the basketball at halfcourt with 0:15 left. Carlow got the ball at the top of the key, and he sent it to White. White made a move to the left and sent up a weak left-hander that bounced off the front of the rim. Perkins managed to get the rebound, went up for a chance with 0:05 left, and Lacasse got a finger on the ball. The shot bounced off the rim and out and Moisant came down with the rebound. He was immediately fouled, and 1.4 seconds remained. The Hawks were in the single bonus, so Moisant went to shoot a 1 and 1, and he missed it. White came down with the ball and threw up a desperation three that went wide of the backboard.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 7-2 in the league and 12-4 overall. They play again at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Marysville-Pilchuck. The Mavericks fall to 3-6 and 9-7. Meadowdale hosts Shorewood at 7:15 p.m., also Tuesday.
— By Quint Turner