Hawks overcome slow start to beat Wildcats, 65-53

Blake Fernandez takes the ball down court against Oak Harbor Friday.
Blake Fernandez takes the ball down court against Oak Harbor Friday. (Photos by David Carlos)
MTHS jazz band members play during the game.
MTHS jazz band members play during the game.

By Doug Petrowski

The Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team shook off a slow and sloppy start, clamped down on defense, and raced away from the visiting Oak Harbor Wildcats, 65-53, Friday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.

The Wildcats led after one quarter 15-10, and took an 18-12 lead early in the second quarter before the Hawks turned up the intensity on the defense end of the floor. Oak Harbor was ultimately held to eight points in the period.

Mountlake Terrace (9-2) exploded on offense in the middle of the game, with Greg Bowman anchoring an inside attack and Marquis Armstead and Blake Fernandez draining jumpers from the outside. Fernandez hit two three-points in a row, putting the Hawks ahead 47-30 with 2:53 left in the third. Armstead drained a three at the buzzer ending the third, then LeTrae Sarden got into the act, opening the fourth quarter with a three-point play and pushing the Hawk lead to 21 points, 57-36.

Armstead led the Hawk scorers with 19 points; Bowman added 14. Oak Harbor (7-5) was led by the 18 points of Drew Washington and 14 points from Jamacio Webster.

The Hawks next travel to Marysville-Gretchell for a 7:15 p.m. matchup with the Chargers on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Mountlake Terrace quarter scoring:    10 – 21 – 23 – 11 — 65

Oak Harbor quarter scoring:        15 –   8 – 13 – 17 — 53

?Mountlake Terrace individual scoring:  Marquis Armstead 19; Greg Bowman 14; Blake Fernandez 8; Loren Lacasse 8; LeTrae Sarden 5; Jesse Zerom 4; Michael Lotz 3 Yoel Tekle 2; Yohans Tewolde 2; Isaiah Green; Anh Viet Nguyen

Oak Harbor individual scoring: Drew Washington 18; Jamacio Webster 14; Dayne Herron 9; Chris Hailer 7; Zach Jones 3; Gabe Groeing 2; Anfernee Angkaw; Forrest Brown; Anthony Stewart

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