The Mountlake Terrace High School boys basketball team picked up the pressure in the second quarter to overcome an early Oak Harbor lead, defeating the visiting Wildcats 65-53 in Wesco 3A crossover action Friday, Jan. 4.
Oak Harbor led 15-10 after the first quarter, but the Hawks (4-1, 9-2), ranked 10th in the Seattle Times' state 3A poll, ramped up their defensive pressure in the second and third quarters to outscore the Wildcats 44-21 in the middle periods.
Mountlake Terrace led 31-23 at halftime and 54-36 after three periods.
Mountlake Terrace forced 17 Wildcat turnovers while committing only 10, leading to a 16-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Hawks also had a big edge in second-chance points, 15-4, while grabbing 13 offensive boards to eight for the 'Cats.
Oak Harbor had a better shooting night, hitting at a 43.5 percent clip to the Hawks' 41.4, put Terrace put up 12 more shots thanks to the edge in turnovers and offensive rebounds.
Drew Washington topped Oak Harbor with 18 points and seven rebounds. JoJo Webster added 14 points, four assists and three steals.
Dayne Herron finished with nine points, Chris Hailer seven, Zach Jones three and Gabe Groeing two.
Marquis Armstead scored 19 points for the Hawks, and Greg Bowman had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Oak Harbor coach Mike Washington said his club played well in the first quarter, but the "pressure defense got to us in the second and third."
He added he was pleased with the overall effort against one of Wesco's best teams.
The Wildcats (3-2, 7-5) have another stiff challenge when they host Shorewood (4-1, 9-3) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.