Guy Lynott had 14 points and 15 rebounds as Lake Washington's boys beat Bellevue 53-42, and Bellevue's girls handled Liberty 54-36.
BELLEVUE — There are times when Lake Washington coach Brian Lund sees forward Guy Lynott standing around instead of attacking the glass.
At moments like that, Lund shoots the senior a wink. The message sinks in. Lynott goes to work.
In the KingCo 3A boys basketball championship game Thursday, Lynott stepped up. He was Lake Washington’s leader.
Lynott scored 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Kangaroos beat Bellevue 53-42 at Bellevue College.
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“He just went for it,” Lund said.
Lake Washington (18-4) opens the Sea-King 3A District Tournament Tuesday at Bellevue College against the winner of Saturday’s Chief Sealth-Nathan Hale district-tournament opener. The Wolverines (18-5) play their first district game at Ingraham High School Tuesday against Saturday’s Bainbridge-Rainier Beach winner.
“It is huge,” Lynott said of winning the KingCo crown. “We’ve been working forever to get it. It wasn’t an easy road, and to beat a good team like Bellevue three times, that’s really hard to do.”
The Kangaroos tried to pound the ball inside early, letting senior Darien Nelson-Henry go to work in the post. The 6-foot-11 center scored the first four points of the game. But both teams struggled to score in the first half.
The Wolverines went more than five minutes of the second quarter without scoring and Lake Washington had only one field goal in the period. But strong defense allowed the Kangaroos to take a two-point lead into the half.
“We’re shooting horribly,” Lund said. “But our defense — that’s what we stress at practice — they’re taking pride in that.”
Lynott sparked an 8-0 run early in the third quarter, getting fouled on a pair of putbacks.
“He came up with a bunch of huge boards,” said Nelson-Henry, who scored 13. “He just really fired us up.”
The Kangs led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter before Bellevue got hot and closed the deficit. Timmy Hael scored 14 points for the Wolverines.
Bellevue 54, Liberty 36
Five Bellevue players scored at least five points as the Wolverines used a balanced effort to knock off Liberty in the KingCo 3A title game.
Katie Savard scored a game-high 13 points for Bellevue (19-4), which held the Patriots to just two points in the second quarter. Megan Tsutakawa scored eight points for Liberty (16-7).
Both teams open Sea-King District play on Tuesday.