Coming off what may have been their most disappointing half of basketball this season, the Mountlake Terrace High School boys basketball team rebounded Tuesday night to top the Glacier Peak Grizzlies 65-52 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Terrace had been defeated by the Shorewood T-Birds 72-70 just 24 hours previously, but the team shook off the loss and put together a solid game against a Glacier Peak team that had been sitting in first place in the Wesco 3A South Conference.
“We just wanted to bounce back from last night; that was a tough loss,” Hawk Greg Bowman said on the Sound Live Sports Network following the win.
Bowman scored 32 points in the game, his highest mark of the season. Loren Lacasse added 20 points for the Hawks; Yoel Tekle contributed eight points and Isaiah Green dropped in five to round out the Terrace scoring. Trey Chambers led the Grizzlies in scoring with 20, while Luke Neill added 11.
Mountlake Terrace ran away with the game in the second half by clamping down on defense, holding Glacier Peak to just 23 points on 27 percent shooting from the field after halftime.
The Hawks were up by just one point at the half, 30-29. The first 16 minutes were a back-and-forth affair as each team put together scoring runs to grab the lead. Terrace took a first quarter lead after an 11-2 run, but Glacier Peak snatched the lead back in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.
In the end, the Grizzlies had no answer for Bowman, who scored most of his points on drives to the basket. “I was just looking for an open lane and wanting to attack it,” he explained. “I was just being aggressive.”
Glacier Peak, Mountlake Terrace and Shorewood are now all tied at the top of the Wesco 3A South Conference standings with 3-1 league records heading into the second half of the season. The Hawks and Grizzlies will match up again on the final day of regular season action Feb. 5.
MTHS Boys Basketball vs. Glacier Peak, Jan. 7
Glacier Peak 13 16 11 12 — 52
Mountlake Terrace 17 13 16 19 — 65
MTHS individual scoring: Greg Bowman 32; Loren Lacasse 20; Yoel Tekle 8; Isaiah Green 5; Matthew Moisant; Yonnas Tewolde; Gabe Altenberger; Prescott Day
Glacier Peak individual scoring: Trey Chambers 20; Luke Neill 11; Nick Allan 8; Brady Southard 8; Ty Kjellesvik 3; Bobby Brooks 2; Justin Guffey; Grant Peltier
Records: Mountlake Terrace 3-1 in Wesco League, 8-2 overall; Glacier Peak 3-1, 8-2
MTHS next game: versus Oak Harbor, Friday, Jan. 10, 7:15 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski