SEATTLE — It took a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter of a triple-overtime victory to get Meadowdale this far, so it was no surprise that the Mavericks refused to roll over and play dead in Wednesday’s first round of the Class 3A state tournament.
And while the Mavericks were able to avoid a rout after falling behind early, they didn’t have quite enough magic left to upset third-ranked Lakes, which advanced to the quarterfinals with a 67-60 victory at KeyArena.
Meadowdale (22-5), which won three straight loser-out games to advance to state, including a triple-overtime win over Mount Vernon, plays Mercer Island today at 10:30 a.m. The fourth-ranked Islanders (22-4) were upset by Columbia River in the first round Wednesday.
Lakes (23-1), one of the favorites coming into the tournament, started the game with an 8-0 run and appeared to be headed to a runaway victory. The Lancers also led 15-8 and 17-10 in the first quarter, and went ahead 20-12 to end the period.
Meadowdale wasn’t ready to concede defeat, however, and stormed back late in the second quarter with an 11-1 run that cut the deficit to two points. A Lakes free throw widened the lead to three, 32-29, at the half.
“Early on, they knocked down a bunch of threes,” said Meadowdale coach Evan McGuire, noting that the Lancers made six of nine 3-point attempts in the first half and seven of 10 in the game. “You’ve got give them credit for knocking down their shots. That gave them an early lead, and we kept battling and battling, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”
The Mavericks kept trying to get over that hump in the third quarter, three times cutting their deficit to one point, but could never draw even.
“Obviously we’d like to have won, but I’m proud that the guys battled the way they did,” McGuire said. “We never gave up and we put ourselves in a position at the end there to maybe steal one. You’ve got to give Lakes credit though, they made plays at the end of the game.”
Clinging to a one-point lead with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Lakes went on an 8-0 run to get a little breathing room. Meadowdale stayed in the game, cutting the Lakes lead down to three points twice in the game’s final two minutes, but the Lancers made four of their final six free throws to hang on.
“I thought we really battled back from the early deficit we were down by,” senior post Evan Matteson said. “It was good to see the team hustle and fight to come back. I just wish we could have got the win.”
Matteson, who fouled out with 1:41 to play in the game, scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mavericks. Matt Gorman scored 14 points, Paul Werner scored 13 and Jake Clampitt added 10.
Kavario Middleton, a University of Washington football recruit, scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half as Lakes made a point of working the ball inside.
“I told Kavario, ‘You get you’re saddle on, because we’re getting ready to ride you all the way to the end,” Lakes coach Jo Jo Rodriguez said. “And he said ‘Climb on coach.’”
Anthony Enriquez scored 15 points for Lakes, including 11 in the first quarter, and Jermaine Kearse, also a Washington football recruit, scored 12 points.
Meadowdale — O’Neill 2, Clampitt 10, Werner, Gorman 14, Werner 13, Dooley, Beeson, Hamlett, Matteson 21. Lakes — Enriquez 15, Winston Jr., Je. Kearse 12, Ja. Kearse 2, Middleton 20, Jiminez 9, Anthony 9. 3-point goals — Werner 3, Matteson 7, Enriquez 3, Je. Kearse 1, Middleton 1, Jiminez 2.