Mount Si boys clinch second place, defeat Saints

The Mount Si Wildcats boys' basketball team took an important step in their quest for a strong seeding in the Kingco 3A Tournament by easily disposing of the Interlake Saints 89-66 before a medium-sized crowd at Mount Si High School last Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Mount Si clinched second place in the Valley Division with the win and left the fate of reaching their early-season goal of a league championship up to the Issaquah Indians who needed to lose to Skyline later in the week to give the Wildcats a shot.

"At the beginning of the season, we had a list of goals, and one of our goals is be(ing) first in our division so hopefully that'll happen," said Mount Si senior guard/forward Casey Hough after the game.

Coach Garrick Phillips said the road to the division title would be paved with a little luck, but was proud of his team for putting themselves in a position to bring home the big trophy.

"We still have our sights set on winning our division, that's been our goal all along and some of it is out of our hands now, but we need a little bit of help but we're taking care of our end."

And a little bit of help is what they received when Skyline defeated Issaquah 51-48 Friday, Jan. 31, setting up Saturday's match-up between Mount Si and the Indians for what could be a division title showdown.

There were several keys to the Wildcat's impressive victory over Interlake, not the least of which was a balanced attack.

"I think we probably shared the ball better tonight than we have been, and [that] put us ahead a lot quicker than normal . . . we're better off when we work as a team," said Hough, who with nine points, was one of seven Wildcats to score more than eight points in the game.

Overall, all the players who were available for Mount Si scored points in the game, and got solid playing time. Junior post Jeremy Johnston led the Wildcats' attack with an 18-point effort, and fellow junior guard Hank Kennedy added 11. Saints' sophomore Bryce Brigham led all scorers with 25 points.

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