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3A boys basketball: Mountlake Terrace's season ends in loss to Lake Washington

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TACOMA – It certainly wasn't the finish that the Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team had envisioned.
The Hawks season ended at the hands of Lake Washington on Friday, falling in a 3A state loser-out game 52-42.
"Disappointing how today's game went," Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood said. Disappointing how this tournament went. It's just how we all feel. There is no other way to describe it. I think in a week or so you will reflect back on an amazing season. I think you will look back on the body of work in a week or so."
But on Friday, no one could blame the Hawks for being disappointed. They came into the state tournament with only a one-point loss to Shorewood as the only blemish on their record. In two days, the Hawks doubled that loss total.
The game against Lake Washington followed a much different pattern than Thursday's loss to Rainier Beach. Against the Vikings, the Hawks fell behind early and cut the lead late, eventually succumbing to Rainier Beach's relentless pressure.
Against the Lake Washington, Terrace appeared to be the aggressor. The Hawks opened the game on a 7-0 run behind the relentless defensive pressure that they have applied to teams for most of the season.
But the Kangaroos had a secret weapon in their pouch – Matt Staudacher.
Staudacher controlled the game offensively, leading the Kangaroos back to take their first lead in the second quarter.
Lake Washington never trailed again.
"He's a great guard," Sood said of Staudacher. "We've seen great guards all year. I would probably say out of his 20, 10 were work and the other 10 were some breakdowns. He got open once in the zone because we miscommunicated. We broke down on another one in helping down or something like that and he got open. And that kid is going to make you pay.
"I think we made him work, but I also think great players are going to make it look easy."
Staudacher had a little help from his 6-10 running-mate Darien Nelson-Henry. Nelson-Henry scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots for the Kangaroos. Nelson-Henry connected on six of his 12 field-goal attempts.
Meanwhile, the Hawks struggled on the offensive end. Blake Fernandez led the way with 11 points and Ryan Shannon and Greg Bowman each had 10, but as a team, Mountlake Terrace shot just 18-for-56 for the game.
"We came down here and just shot poorly," Sood said. "Yesterday, against Rainier Beach there was a myriad of different things that they beat us on. I think today, we just shot the ball really poorly again. If we don't have some of our main scorers have good nights shooting, shooting at a high percentage – we will get shots up – then it's going to be tough and it made it tough for us. Forty-two points is just not going to win basketball games."
For the Sood and the Hawks, it was hard to focus on all the success that the team has had after experiencing such bitter disappointment.
"We wanted to come down here and play on Saturday," Sood said. "We wanted to come down and win a state championship. We didn't do that. We wanted to have a silver-lining of coming down here and earning a trophy and we didn't do that. So it's disappointing and I think the kids are disappointed, the coaches are disappointed."
Aaron Lommers covers prep sports for The Herald. Read his live blogs at, follow him on twitter @aaronlommers and contact him at
Mountlake Terrace - 10 10 14 8 - 42
Lake Washington - 7 15 13 17 - 52
Mountlake Terrace-Zerom 3, A. Moisant 0, Fernandez 11, Shannon 10, Armstead 4, Bowman 10, E. Moisant 0, Lacasse 2, Russell 2. Lake Washington-Staudacher 20, Lynott 4, Nelson-Henry 15, Bernstein 5, J. Staudacher 0, Guy 8. 3-point goals-Zerom 1, Bowman 1, Staudacher 2, Guy 2. Records-Mountlake Terrace 23-3, Lake Washington 20-6.

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