Hawks drop first state tourney game to Abes, play at 2 p.m. Friday

Greg Bowman makes his way down the floor Thursday. (Photos by Mark Hopkins)
Greg Bowman makes his way down the floor Thursday. (Photos by Mark Hopkins)
Loren Lacasse elevates to the basket.
Loren Lacasse elevates to the basket.
Jesse Zerom led the Hawks with 10 points.
Jesse Zerom led the Hawks with 10 points.

By Doug Petrowski

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks stumbled out of the gate in their run for a state basketball championship, losing to the Lincoln Abes Thursday night, 68-47, at the Tacoma Dome.

The Hawks missed their first 10 shots and didn’t score their first points until Greg Bowman sunk a short jumper three minutes into the game. The Abes put together a 13-2 run later in the first half, never giving Terrace a chance to get back into contention.

“I didn’t think we started the game off very well,” Hawk Coach Nalin Sood said afterwards. “We weren’t executing team offense the way you’d hope. I didn’t think we had good shot selection. We never got consistent.”

Mountlake Terrace shot 31.7 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from beyond the three-point line for the game. Hawk Jesse Zerom hit two of three 3-pointers; the rest of the team went 0-14. The bucket seemed to have a lid on it for Terrace even from the free throw line, as the squad only made five of their 11 attempts for 45.5 percent.

While the Hawks struggled from the field, Lincoln shot 52 percent for the game. The Abes were also hot from the line, shooting 11-13 from the charity stripe.

“The ball didn’t go down for us, and they got high-percentage shots and made them,” Sood concluded.

Lincoln’s top two players, TreShaun Fletcher and Amaad Rorie, carried the offensive load for the Abes. Fletcher scored 29 points, hitting 10-14 from the field and 8-9 from the free throw line. Rorie added 21 points. “Rorie and Fletcher, they are two great basketball players,” said Sood, who also went on to praise the entire Lincoln team. “Two good players, but two good players isn’t enough to usually do it. You have to have a good team, and they were today.”

The game was very different from the earlier match-up between MTHS and Lincoln that took place on Dec. 9, a close clash that the Abes won 60-59. Lincoln Coach Aubrey Shelton thinks his team has come a long way since that December game with Terrace. “I think we’re just a much better team,” Shelton said, explaining that the earlier game was just their third of the season and the squad was just coming together. “Guys had to find their roles, and learn how to play defense, and learn how to play together. We’re peaking at the right time now.”

The Hawks don’t have much time to ponder what went wrong in their first game at the Hardwood Classic. The team moves into the consolation bracket and will face the University Titans of Spokane in a 2 p.m. game at the Tacoma Dome on Friday. The Titans were defeated Thursday by Lakeside 69-48. In the winner’s bracket play on Friday, Lincoln will face Lakeside at 9 p.m.; Rainier Beach, a 60-52 winner over Seattle Prep on Thursday, will meet Franklin at 7:15 p.m. The Quakers defeated Timberline 78-65 Thursday.

You can watch the Friday game on the Hawks’ Live Sports Network via MLTnews.com

Mountlake Terrace quarter scoring:      9 – 12 – 12 – 14 – 47

Lincoln quarter scoring:            16 – 20 – 16 – 16 – 68

Mountlake Terrace individual scoring:  Jesse Zerom 10; Blake Fernandez 9; Greg Bowman 7; Loren Lacasse 7; Michael Lotz 6; Marquis Armstead 4; LeTrae Sarden 4; Yohans Tewolde; Yoel Tekle; Isaiah Green

Lincoln individual scoring:  TreShaun Fletcher 29; Amaad Rorie 21; Justice Martion 6; LeTravion Satterwhite 4; ArMond Davis 4; Dionte Simon 2; Kashwan Johnson 2; Josiah Barsh; Semaj Booker; Joshua Eckwood; Jusstis Warren; Cameron Collins

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