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Hometown slam: Team players step up to keep Mount Si boys basketball on roll
Everybody had been waiting for this moment, and the home crowd roared when Tyler McCreadie got air in the fourth quarter of Mount Si's home win against Interlake.
Guard Jack Nelson was rushing to the basket in a classic fake-out, and McCreadie, on post, was in the corner, "ready to dive in if a guy makes it to the paint."
With all the defenders rushing on Nelson, the junior fired to his six-foot-eight classmate.
"He had this beautiful pass, behind his head," said McCreadie. "It's wide open. It's dunk or nothing."
McCreadie's slam was one highlight of a big night for the Wildcats, who sat out two important starters but still handled things, winning 79-50 on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Senior Trent Riley led with 27 points, with Nelson having a big night, adding 18 of his own, and McCreadie putting in 12, all their highest point totals of the season. Post Griffin McLain added 10, with Parker Dumas and Tyler Button coming off the bench to contribute four points apiece. Jason Smith added three.
Head coach Steve Helm was pleased with the win, though, and the performances by the boys who came in off the bench.
"Trent had another fantastic game," he said. Riley made three three-point attempts and sunk six free throws.
Nelson got clear of early fowl trouble and "was able to score and help us get in our sets," said McCreadie. "He stepped up."
The freshman Dumas, who came in as a power forward, saw his first starting game.
"It's definitely a different level," he said, "than what I've been playing at. But it's a good time."
"We didn't want to take Interlake lightly at all," Helm said. Interlake closed to within ten points by the second quarter, but "We had a good talk about that at halftime. We needed to get away from playing as individuals"
Mount Si has a good, solid and deep team this year.
Helm needs starters Levi Botten and Beau Shain, out Tuesday with ankle issues, healthy for a shot at the KingCo championship.
Mount Si hosts Liberty at home Friday, then Cedarcrest for a first Valley Cup game on Saturday, Dec. 22.
Then, the team flies to the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego on Christmas day for a four-day holiday tournament.
This is first California visit for the team, which traveled to Boston in 2010 and the Maui Classic in 2011 under Helm.
The coach likes to keep the tournaments fresh for the team each year.
Botten and Riley went to Boston three years ago, and everyone but Dumas and Eli Gogan went to Hawaii last year.
Mount Si are now 3-1. Follow the team at http://mtsiwildcats.com/