Jason Lock put Newport ahead to stay in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer on his first shot of the game, helping beat Ballard in a loser-out game.
KIRKLAND — Jason Lock had his name called twice for Newport Knights on Tuesday night.
The first time was when starters were announced in pregame introductions. The second time was when the junior guard knocked down a three-pointer from the corner — his first shot of the game — with 4:52 to play.
It put the Knights ahead to stay in a 61-55 defeat of Ballard in a loser-out game in the KingCo 4A boys basketball tournament at Juanita High School.
Newport (15-8) faces Inglemoor in another loser-out game at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Juanita.
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Lock’s score came as no surprise to his coach.
“That was the shot of the game,” Newport’s Steve Haizlip said. “Jason’s been known for that. Jason hits big threes all year when we need them. … I trust him to hit the big shot.”
It was the Knights’ first win against the Beavers (15-9) in three tries. And it was their effort on the defensive end that finally turned the tables.
“That’s what we’ve been preaching,” Haizlip said. I think we’ve been lacking a little bit. They’re a great team, but again, we had to get stops. We got stops when we needed, and we hit shots when we needed.”
Newport closed the game on a 10-4 run, with all their points coming from the Knights’ top scorers, Will Ferris, Miles Fowler and Calvin Throckmorton. Fowler and Ferris each finished with 15 points, Throckmorton 14.
Fowler, a 6-foot-4 senior, and Throckmorton, a 6-6 sophomore, provided a steady inside presence.
“Beginning of the year, we ran into some of these issues where we were down, and we had to battle back, or it was a close game, and we had to get a good possession,” Haizlip said. “Having these seniors, with their composure, I never have a doubt.”
Seniors Seth Berger and Ray Owens each scored 19 in their final game for Ballard.
Other boys game
Inglemoor 75, Issaquah 60 (loser out)
Chris Bryant’s 22 points led four players in double figures for the surprising Vikings, who took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter. Colin Portugal added 17 for Inglemoor (11-12), which lost to Issaquah by seven in their only other meeting this season. Ty Gibson led the Eagles (16-7) with 17 points.
Newport 53, Ballard 43 (loser out)
Junior guard Chiara Victor scored five of her team-leading 19 points during a 9-0 Newport run to start the fourth quarter. The Knights (15-8) play Eastlake at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita in a loser-out game. Imani Bender led Ballard (12-11) with 13 points.
Eastlake 54, Issaquah 46 (loser out)
The Wolves bolted to a 16-4 lead and were up by 21 going into the final quarter as they stayed alive. Marijka Vanderschaaf’s 16 points led Eastlake (13-10). Mandie Hill scored 22 for Issaquah (15-8).