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Mount Si boys on verge of postseason play

The Mount Si Wildcat boys' basketball team's postseason dreams were helped Feb. 5 by the outcome of another game, but when it came time for them to help themselves Feb. 6, the Wildcats weren't able to get it done. However, they rallied with wins Feb. 9 and 12 to earn a berth in the postseason.

The Sammamish Totems used a strong, balanced effort to defeat the Wildcats 59-52 at Sammamish High School Feb. 6. Four Totems scored in double figures as Sammamish prevented Mount Si from taking a one-game lead for the final playoff spot in Kingco 3A. The opportunity to take that lead came as a result of Liberty's big 69-52 win last Monday over Skyline, one of the other teams in the fight for that last playoff spot.

The loss set up the biggest game of the year for Mount Si last Friday, Feb. 9, at Interlake. Win and get in the drivers' seat for the last playoff berth; lose and end up in a huge, three-way logjam for that final playoff spot. Adding to the pressure for the Wildcats was the fact that if the Saints beat them, their team, along with Skyline and Mount Si, would be in that three-team logjam, and all would have had 1-1 head-to-head records against one another, meaning there might have been a potential three-team playoff for that one spot at the end of the season.

However, the Wildcats had other ideas and outlasted a strong Interlake second-half effort to beat the Saints 66-59 and eliminate Interlake from further playoff discussion. Mount Si blew out to a big halftime lead, but saw that lead almost evaporate in the third quarter. The Wildcats held on in the final stanza to seal the deal.

Mount Si finished the regular season at home Feb. 12 against the Patriots with a 46-41 win. The victory sends the Wildcats to the fifth-place game Wednesday, Feb. 14, also against Liberty.

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