The Hawks overcame 30-percent shooting and got some big fourth-quarter plays to beat the Lions from Los Angeles.
KENT — Frigid ShoWare Center may have had something to do with the cold shooting by the Mountlake Terrace and Fairfax boys basketball teams.
The 6,500-seat arena usually hosts Seattle Thunderbirds hockey games. On Monday, Terrace overcame chilly shooting to beat the Los Angeles team 38-36 in the King Showcase.
“I thought we were getting good looks. They just weren’t going down,” Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood said. “(In the) second half, I thought we made some key baskets.”
The Hawks (14-2), ranked eighth in the state in Class 3A, shot only 30 percent. Fairfax (13-8) shot 31 percent.
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The quick, lanky Lions have seven players listed at 6 feet 5 or taller, including Reggie Theus Jr., son of the former NBA player and coach.
“I wasn’t that intimidated, but I was sitting in my shoes in a suit on the sideline,” Sood said. “When you go play against it, I don’t think it’s intimidating, but it’s different.”
Blake Fernandez and Greg Bowman helped Terrace hold off the Lions in the fourth quarter. Bowman had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Fernandez got four of his 11 points during a crucial fourth-quarter stretch and stifled a last-second attempt by Fairfax’s Jonathan Brown that would have tied the score.
The Hawks have won 10 of their past 11 games.