MILL CREEK — The Marysville Pilchuck and Mountlake Terrace basketball teams battled in a close game for the first three quarters.
Then the Hawks took over.
Mountlake Terrace scored the first 14 points of the final quarter to pull away and earn a 70-53 win in the 3A District 1 third-place game Friday night at Jackson High School, clinching a berth in the regional round of the state tournament.
“It really comes down to just the will of the kids,” said Mountlake Terrace head coach Nalin Sood. “They had a great will to be successful in that game tonight.”
The Hawks took a 49-46 lead into the fourth quarter in a back-and-forth game to that point. Senior posts Loren Lacasse and Greg Bowman then took over for Mountlake Terrace, scoring eight points apiece as the Hawks outscored Marysville Pilchuck 21-7 in the quarter.
Bowman finished the game with 23 points and 16 rebounds and Lacasse also notched a double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks.
The duo helped secure a state berth for Mountlake Terrace (17-7 overall) for the fourth-consecutive year. The Hawks will be the District 1 No. 3 seed and will face the District 3/4 No. 2 seed in the regional round of the state tournament next weekend.
“It’s how unselfish they are,” Sood said of Bowman and Lacasse. “You don’t see them put up a lot of bad shots. They’re willing to give up a good shot for a great shot. They find each other. There’s just a synergy between Greg and Loren.”
Junior wing Bryce Juneau had 18 points to lead Marysville Pilchuck (10-13), which saw its season end with the loss.
At Jackson H.S.
Marysville Pilchuck 16 14 16 7 — 53
Mountlake Terrace 18 16 15 21 — 70
Marysville Pilchuck—Bryce Juneau 18, Nate Heckendorf 3, Josh Bevan 11, Mark Reznikov 2, Michael Painter 13, Cole Grinde 2, Dante Fields 2, TJ Rice 2. Mountlake Terrace—Isaiah Green 0, Yonnas Tewolde 0, Prescott Day 2, Gabe Altenberger 10, Matthew Moisant 3, Greg Bowman 23, Derek Anyimah 2, Loren Lacasse 20, Yoel Tekle 10, Shimron Masih 0. 3-point goals—Heckendorf 1, Bevan 3, Bowman 1. Records—Marysville Pilchuck 10-13 overall. Mountlake Terrace 17-7.