Following a Monday night loss described by Coach Nalin Sood as their worst effort of the year, the Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team fell to the Glacier Peak Grizzlies 57-39 at Glacier Peak High School.
Despite the setback, the Hawks finish the 2013-2014 regular season tied atop the Wesco 3A South Conference and head into the District 1 3A Boys Basketball Tournament as the No. 2 South seed. Glacier Peak, which finished the year with an identical 9-4 Wesco League record as Terrace, gets the No. 1 South seed as the result of a coin flip.
The Grizzlies showed they were the better of the two rivals on Wednesday night with a commanding second-half performance. Leading by just five at halftime, Glacier Peak quickly built the lead to 10 points in the third quarter, then outscored the Hawks 18-6 in the final eight minutes.
Terrace got to within two points of the Grizzlies with 2:47 left in the third quarter following back-to-back three-point shots by sophomore Gabe Altenberger, but Glacier Peak responded with a 14-1 run over the next four and a half minutes to put the game out-of-reach.
Altenberger, who averages less than six points per game for the Hawks, scored 25 of Terrace’s 39 total points, his highest mark of the season. The Grizzlies were led by the 24 points of Trey Chambers; Luke Neill scored 15, while Brady Southard added 10.
MTHS Boys Basketball vs. Glacier Peak, Feb. 5
Mountlake Terrace 11 8 14 6 — 39
Glacier Peak 11 13 15 18 — 57
MTHS individual scoring: Gabe Altenberger 25; Loren Lacasse 6; Greg Bowman 3; Isaiah Green 2; Prescott Day 2; Yoel Tekle 1; Matthew Moisant; Yonnas Tewolde, Derek Anyimah
Glacier Peak individual scoring: Trey Chambers 24; Luke Neill 15; Brady Southard 10; Nick Allen 8; Tyler Kjellesvik; Bobby Brooks; Justin Guffey
Records: Mountlake Terrace 9-4 in Wesco League, 14-6 overall; Glacier Peak 9-4, 14-5
MTHS next game: First round of District 1 3A Boys Basketball Tournament versus Wesco North No. 3 seed, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School