Hawks use strong defensive effort to beat Warriors 61-42

Marquis Armstead goes up for a shot Tuesday night. (Photo by Karl D. Swenson, Wesco Athletics)
The Hawks’ Loren Lacasse drives against Travis Baaken.

Note that we experienced some technical difficulties with the on-demand Hawks Live Sports Network video of Tuesday night’s game but hope to have the entire game posted shortly.

By Doug Petrowski

The Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team opened its 2012-13 season with a strong defensive effort and a win, beating Edmonds-Woodway 61-42 Tuesday night.

Junior post player Greg Bowman led the Hawks with 22 points, 17 rebounds and three steals while senior Michael Lotz contributed 13 points and 11 boards. Senior Marquis Armstead scored 14 points and finished with six rebounds. Loren Lacasse added eight points and grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out of the game halfway through the fourth quarter.

But it was the Hawk defense that stifled the Warriors from the opening tip on and secured the victory. Edmonds-Woodway scored only four points in the first quarter before finding a rhythm and opening the second quarter on a 9-3 run, climbing within two points at 15-13. Mountlake Terrace answered with a 9-0 run of its own, never allowing the Warriors to get close again.

Hawk Coach Nalin Sood was pleased with the team’s defensive work. “We try to hang our hats on defense and I think for the most part we didn’t do too bad of a job on that,” he said. “But we’ll get better, hopefully, as we keep working away on it.”

Sood wasn’t ready to get too excited about the opening win, choosing instead to use the game as an early-season assessment. “It’s a start for us,” he explained. “Now we can say ‘here’s what we need to work on.’ As coaches, we found a hundred things to work on.”

“We’re happy, don’t get me wrong, that we can come out on the winning side of things,” Sood added, “but still, we can get better.”

Sood was impressed with the physical conditioning exhibited by his 6-7 post man, especially in the fourth quarter when Bowman scored on transition lay-ins and follow-ups from missed shots. “Greg had a good game,” Sood said. “He ran cross country this year. There’s just some things you get from cross country that we can’t give you in basketball. That paid off for a big guy like that.”

“Maybe by Christmas I’ll buy the cross country coach a box of chocolates,” Sood joked.

The Hawks (1-0) return to action on Thursday night against Eastlake (0-1); it’s the home opener for MTHS, with tip-off scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Sood sees the Wolves as a challenging opponent for his squad. “They’re a good basketball team,” he said. “We saw them this summer. They’ve got good shooters. It will be another formidable test for us.”

The Mountlake Terrace-Eastlake game will be broadcast on the Hawks Live Sports Network via MLTnews.com beginning at 7:05 p.m.

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