Jesse Zerom scored 14 of his 15 points in the second quarter as No. 6 Mountlake Terrace advanced to state.
SNOHOMISH — In a back hallway behind the gym, Mountlake Terrace guard Jesse Zerom jogged toward his team’s locker room after a postgame interview.
There was only one problem.
“Jesse, wrong door, buddy,” Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood said. “He did good today. That’s the only thing he’s messed up on.”
As soon as Zerom entered the locker room, his teammates exploded in celebration. That’s because Zerom, a point guard who entered averaging six points, scored 14 of his 15 points in the second quarter of No. 6 Mountlake Terrace’s 63-53 win against No. 7 Foss on Saturday.
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Zerom hit three three-pointers in the second quarter and helped Mountlake Terrace (21-3) build a nine-point halftime lead. The Hawks would never trail again after that explosive second quarter.
Foss (17-7) played without leading-scorer Dezmyn Trent, a 6-foot-4 guard who will play Division-I basketball next season.
Trent injured his hamstring at practice the day before. He tried to give it a go but lasted less than a minute in the first quarter before exiting for good.
“Let’s be honest: Without Trent, that’s a big difference,” Sood said. “That shows what kind of team they are. They’re not just one guy.”
The Hawks held a 12-point lead early in the third quarter, but Jericho Ballard scored 12 of his 16 points in the third. His guarded three at the buzzer cut Mountlake Terrace’s lead to 47-40 heading into the fourth.
But Greg Bowman and Marquis Armstead, two of the Hawks’ steadiest players all season, combined for 13 points in the fourth. That allowed Mountlake Terrace to return to Tacoma for the second straight season.
Bowman finished with 15 points, all in the second half, while Armstead added 18.