The Mountlake Terrace High School boys basketball team raced by Oak Harbor a 65-52 for a Western Conference win Wednesday, Jan. 9, on the Wildcats’ court.
The Hawks mixed an effective fastbreak with savvy backdoor cuts out of its half-court offense to build a 38-19 halftime lead.
Oak Harbor adjusted and played with the Hawks in the second half, but a high-scoring fourth quarter by the Wildcats wasn’t enough to pull off the big comeback.
Oak Harbor (2-4, 4-8) now heads to Shorecrest (2-4, 6-6) for a 7:15 p.m. conference game Friday, Jan. 11.
Mountlake Terrace 65, Oak Harbor 52
The Hawks (4-2, 9-2) held their biggest lead, 23 points (53-30), with seven minutes remaining in the game, then the Wildcats, behind three three-pointers by Gavin Allen, along with 8 points from Dorian Hardin and 5 from Kevin Schuldt, sliced into the deficit with a 25-point fourth-quarter against the Terrace’s regulars.
The Hawks dominated early, blitzing Oak Harbor with their fastbreak. Three players scored 6 or more points in the first quarter, and Terrace led 23-10. The lead grew to 38-19 at the break and 49-27 after three quarters.
JesseJames Martineau led Mountlake Terrace with 17 points, one more than Robbie Bariner.
Allen had 14for the Wildcats. Haven Brown and Hardin added 11, Matt Kelley and Schuldt 7, Terrell Crumpton 1 and Andrew Baloy 1.
“We forced a lot of shots,” Oak Harbor coach John Weston said, “and they forced us to take some bad shots.”
“I am proud of our guys for staying with it for four quarters,” he added. “I thought Haven Brown played good defense, and Kevin Schuldt (who had been sick) had a good second half.”