Taking advantage of a Lynnwood Royals’ squad coming off a tough double-overtime loss the night before, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks battered their way to a 48-39 win over the Royals Saturday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Lynnwood led at the end of three quarters 32-28, but the Hawks used a stifling defense and a determination to get to the hoop on offense to overpower a fatigued Royals’ team in the fourth quarter. Terrace outscored the Royals 20-7 in the final eight minutes to claim victory.
“I thought we were just more aggressive to the paint in the second half,” Mountlake Terrace Coach Nalin Sood said. “And defensively, giving up 39 (points), that’s going to give you a chance no matter what your offense was doing. That’s what helped us tonight.”
The Hawks held Lynnwood to just 18 points at halftime, yet only scored 15 points themselves in the first two quarters. But Terrace more than doubled their first half scoring output after halftime, with Khyree Armstead tallying 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Hawk comeback.
While calling the win a collective team effort, Sood praised the play of senior Joey Gardner during the decisive final quarter. “(Joey) didn’t have a very good first three quarters; he was frustrated – he’s harder on himself than anybody – and then he was very aggressive but stayed in control, did a good job containing his position on defense and really stepped up for us in the fourth quarter,” Sood observed.
Battling in a tight game, Gardner felt it necessary to be more assertive later in the match-up. “I had a rough start to the game but as the intensity rose we got on a run and I started feeling better,” Gardner said. “I started attacking and it was working for me. It brought a lot more energy to me.”
Gardner scored eight of his nine game points in the final quarter.
“It was a rough start for me, but then I just kept going, kept going, and it ended up working out in the fourth quarter,” Gardner concluded.
As a team, the Hawks also converted 10 of 12 fourth quarter free throws in the fourth quarter; many of the trips to the foul line were the result of being fouled on drives to the basket.
“They made some plays down the stretch,” said Lynnwood Coach Bobby Hinnenkamp. “They got some buckets and we just happened to not.”
Hinnenkamp sensed throughout the game that play was going the Royals’ way until the final quarter.
“For us, it went according to our game plan,” he stated, “and we felt we were in a great position throughout most of the game, but credit to Terrace, they came through in the end.”
After winning their opening game of the season on Nov. 29, Lynnwood fell in a heart-breaker on Dec. 2 in double overtime to Mariner; Hinnenkamp commended his squad for their play Saturday after the Friday defeat.
“Man, my kids battled,” he said, “and I’m super proud of the effort. Between last night in the double overtime loss and coming back out 24 hours later and just laying in all on the court, I couldn’t be more happy with these kids.”
Lynnwood will get a couple days to rest and regroup after back-to-back losses as the Royals won’t play again until Wednesday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Bellevue to take on the Interlake Saints. Terrace will next host the Cedarcrest Red Wolves on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Prep Boys Basketball: Lynnwood at Mountlake Terrace, Dec. 5
Lynnwood 6 12 14 7 — 39
Terrace 8 7 13 20 — 48
Lynnwood individual scoring: Eli Edwards 12, Ryan Rapanan 12, Alex Macias 8, BryceMilne 5, Alton Hammond 2, Yoseph Habtemariam, Al-Nas Mogaki, Christian Vasquez, Jacob Laban
Mountlake Terrace individual scoring: Khyree Armstead 19, Brock Davis 11, Joey Gardner 9, Zeke Tomas 5, Mason Petersen 2, Keegan Grayson-Zehrung 2, Brendan Hayes
Records: Lynnwood 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-2 overall; Mountlake Terrace 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-2 overall
Lynnwood next game: versus Interlake, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m. at Interlake High School
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Cedarcrest, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
–By Doug Petrowski