Calling the performance of his squad “disappointing,” Mountlake Terrace boys basketball Coach Nalin Sood watched his team go down to defeat to Roosevelt 49-26 Wednesday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The 26 points scored by Mountlake Terrace was one of the lowest offensive outputs in school history.
The Hawks’ poor point production was primarily a result of poor ball-handling (19 turnovers) and a lack of focus. “We just didn’t have guys ready to play tonight,” Sood said. “And if people read that as harsh, well the facts (are) guys just didn’t show up ready to play.”
“Every team is led by certain guys and our leaders didn’t show up to play today,” Sood added. “They weren’t playing to what their strengths are, they were playing out of our offensive system. I don’t know where their heads are right now.”
The Roughriders scored the first seven points of the match-up and never were challenged for the lead. After building a 29-12 advantage at the half, Roosevelt went on a 16-3 run over the first 9:42 of the second half, a period extending into the fourth quarter.
Sood felt the poor effort from his squad was a continuation of what he has seen in recent practices. “This is a carry-over; we didn’t practice very well yesterday. That carried over into today’s game,” he said.
Terrace (2-2) had just one player scoring in double figures, senior Ryan Lacasse with 10 points. Derek Anyimah added seven points, but all were scored in the fourth quarter after the outcome of the game was well decided.
The Hawks’ leading scorer in their first three games of the season, junior Gabe Altenberger, was held to two points on two fourth quarter free throws.
Roosevelt (3-0) was led by the 16 points of Cam Haslam, nine of which came in a four-minute span in the second quarter when he took control of the game. The senior guard backed into the key for two easy post-up buckets, hit a three-point jumper, then slid past Hawk defenders with a nifty spin move for a running lay-in that brought his teammates on the bench to their feet. He topped off his highlight reel stretch of play with a blocked shot just before halftime.
While the Roughriders were celebrating their third straight win to open the 2014-15 season, Sood and the Hawks were serious and reflective. “A lot of soul searching as a coach right now,” Sood said. “That was disappointing.”
“I know one thing: as disappointed as we are, those kids are even more disappointed,” he added. “They just didn’t bring it today.”
“I knew we had some weaknesses coming in, but I also feel that we have some strengths and we’ve got to work toward those strengths and improve our weaknesses,” Sood said.
– By Doug Petrowski
MTHS boys basketball vs. Roosevelt
Roosevelt 16 13 14 6 — 49
Terrace 8 4 3 11 — 26
MTHS individual scoring: Ryan Lacasse 10; Derek Anyimah 7; Ali Shah 3; Shimron Masih 2; Gabe Altenberger 2; Justin Hopkins 2; Gabriel Powter; Daniel Johnson; Adam Lorraine
Roosevelt individual scoring: Cam Haslam 16; Lewis Gregerson-Spencer 8; Jonathan Lang 8; Evan Doyle 5; Aidan Woodford 4; Carl Salvino 3; Nolan Suedel 2; Nick Blume 2; Henry Whitmarsh 1; Phillip Swanson; Nathan Suedel
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-0 in Wesco, 2-2 overall; Roosevelt 3-0
MTHS next game: vs. Puyallup, Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. at Highline Community College in Des Moines