Meadowdale guard Jake Linton started out hot from outside, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter, including one from about 23 feet. After that, Mountlake Terrace's...

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Meadowdale guard Jake Linton started out hot from outside, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter, including one from about 23 feet.

After that, Mountlake Terrace’s defense woke up and went to work.

The Hawks used two different tactics — hounding him and pounding him — to shut down Linton’s long-range game and hold the Mavericks scoreless for 11 minutes in the second and third quarters. The 10th-ranked Hawks then found their offense late, scoring 20 points in the fourth, to put away Meadowdale 51-34 last night in a WesCo South Division boys basketball game.

“I’ve just got to give credit to the guys,” said Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood. “They really have a desire and intensity. And to hold somebody scoreless for 11 minutes, I don’t care who you’re playing, that’s very good defensive basketball. That’s something to feel good about.”

Terrace (3-2 overall, 3-1 WesCo South) sometimes harassed Linton with ultra-quick guard Christiaan Hammond, a 5-foot-8 flash nicknamed “Mouse.” Other times, it was 6-5 forward Mike Boxley who chased Linton around the perimeter, bullying past the Mavericks’ maze of screens and eclipsing the sharpshooter’s view of the basket with his long arms.

Terrace occasionally threw in a full-court zone press or a surprise double-team.

The result was an off-rhythm Mavericks squad (3-2, 2-2) that scratched out 10 points total in the second and third quarters.

For most of the game, Terrace didn’t look good on offense, either. Accustomed to fast starts — Terrace had outscored opponents 60-37 in the first quarter of its previous four games — the Hawks fell behind early, missing easy shots and committing several unforced errors. For the game, they blew at least five layups.

“I’m not going to complain about that right now,” said Boxley, who also scored 16. “As long as we can play defense, that’s all that really matters.”

Linton caught fire late, finishing with a game-high 19, but by then, it didn’t matter.

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