Ramsey Rosales and Dreu Vader combined for 40 points as the Grizzlies won big, setting up a showdown Thursday night with Mountlake Terrace.
SNOHOMISH — This time, Glacier Peak left no doubt.
Behind 21 points from Ramsey Rosales and 19 from Dreu Vader, the Grizzlies cruised to a 61-35 boys basketball win over No. 9 Shorewood on Tuesday night in a WesCo 3A South game.
The Grizzlies (16-3, 10-2 league) avenged a 50-42 loss to the Thunderbirds (14-5, 9-3) on Dec. 18.
“I think we’ve evolved into a more cohesive unit,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter said. “The guys are playing really together, sharing the basketball, and I think our defense has definitely improved from the beginning of the year until now.”
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The win carried extra significance for the playoff-bound Grizzlies, who are just one-half game behind division-leading Mountlake Terrace.
“We know this is not the last game,” Vader said. “We have a lot more to prove and improve.”
The Grizzlies face the No. 8 Hawks in the regular-season finale Thursday night at Mountlake Terrace (17-2, 11-1) with an opportunity to claim the South Division title and get a sweep of the Hawks this season. Glacier Peak beat Terrace 63-54 in December.
“It’s going to be intense,” Hunter said. “They’re a great team, obviously. They’re picked to win it for a reason. Hopefully, we can just meet the challenges that they’re going to bring on Thursday night and see where it goes.”
Tuesday night, the key for Glacier Peak was shutting down Josh Hawkinson. The 6-foot-9 Shorewood senior entered the game averaging 20.1 points, but was limited to 14 — only four in the second half.
Hawkinson, who has committed to Washington State, barely touched the ball in the first quarter. He finally scored on a put-back with 1:05 remaining in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Rosales had 19 points by halftime — 14 in the second quarter — to help the Grizzlies lead 41-21.
Shorewood finishes the regular season Thursday against Stanwood, the North Division leader.