Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
For those worried that the Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team might play a little flat Tuesday night after their big road win at Stanwood last Friday, they can put those fears aside. The Hawks came out flying high and soared over the Seagulls of Everett 71-49 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Marquis Armstead and Loren Lacasse each scored 19 points in the win for Terrace. Everett’s Steven Tran led the Seagulls in scoring with 18 points.
After the emotional come-from-behind victory in their last outing, even Coach Nalin Sood was concerned that his team may not be mentally ready for Tuesday’s tipoff. “The biggest thing coming into this game was what was our focus going to be like after the win last Friday,” Sood said. “The kids have a goal, they have a bigger prize that they want to accomplish by the end of the year, and each game is part of that road towards that big prize. So I was just kind of curious how our focus would be.”
“That’s the biggest thing as a coach,” Sood continued. “You just want to keep reminding them about staying focused about each game, whether it’s a game at Stanwood or a game like tonight. The guys did a good job with that.”
The bigger prize, a trip to the state tournament in February, is definitely within reach for Mountlake Terrace, but it won’t necessarily be easy. Division foes Shorewood and Glacier Peak are certainly in the mix for a tournament berth as well. Terrrace’s win on Tuesday pushed the Hawks’ record to 7-1 in Wesco league action, 12-2 overall, and kept them in a first place tie in the South division with Shorewood. Glacier Peak remains just a game behind at 6-2. Everett drops to 2-6 in the league, 5-10 overall.
The Hawks face Meadowdale on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:15 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School; the game can be seen live on the Hawks Live Sports Network beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace quarter scoring: 20 – 21 – 21 – 9 — 71
Everett quarter scoring: 15 – 6 – 10 – 18 – 49
Mountlake Terrace individual scoring: Marquis Armstead 19; Loren Lacasse 19; Blake Fernandez 15; Greg Bowman 6; Yoel Tekle 6; Michael Lotz 5; Letrae Sarden 1; Jesse Zerom; Yohans Tewolde; Isaiah Green
Everett individual scoring: Steven Tran 18; David Popach 10; Nolan Rogge 7; Noah Juarez 6; Sam Tollefson 5; Cal Knapp 3; Nick Kopp; Sam Arends