Boys basketball: Glacier Peak downs Mavs 48-35
Both the Grizzlies and the Mavs came out by playing aggressive man-to-man defenses, with Meadowdale putting pressure on the front court while Glacier Peak let the Mavs drive into a double team. That didn’t completely stop the offenses. Barrett Carlow made a great pass to Charlie White as he was driving, and White hit a lay-in to put the Mavs up 6-5 with 5:05 to play. After that, Glacier Peak went on a 7-0 run that ate up much of the clock. Beyond the good defense by the Grizzlies, the main reason the Mavs couldn’t score in that run was because they kept missing open looks. Aidan O’Neill broke up the run with a three to make it 12-9, but Trey Chambers made a lay-in before the quarter ended to give the Grizzlies a 14-9 lead going into the second. Chambers had 7 of the Grizzlies 14.
That lay-in by Chambers carried over into the second quarter as part of an 8-0 run for the Grizzlies. Chambers had two more during the run when he made a steal at half-court and went on a breakaway for an easy lay-in to make it 18-9 Grizzlies. It took three minutes before Griffin Over, in his first game back after starting the year injured, made a lay-in to end the run. Then Carlow hit a three pointer a couple of minutes later, and that started a 12-1 run for Meadowdale. Their defense was not allowing the Grizzlies any easy looks, even though the Grizzlies drove the lane every possession. On the other side, the Mavs offense finally was making those open looks they had and getting the drops. Kenley Ackerman had a steal at half court and went on a breakaway for a lay-in to tie the game at 23 before the half ended. The score at the end of the first half was just that, 23-23.
Glacier Peak made its only three-pointer of the night in the third quarter. Luke Neill hit it to put the Grizzlies up 26-25, as the team finished 1 for 5 from beyond the arc. Comparatively, the Mavs only made 2 of 12. The game was a lot less about hitting long jumpshots and threes than it was about hitting free throws. The Mavs made 7 of 10 free throws while the Grizzles hit 15 of 22, and those extra points were the difference in the ball game. Back to the game, White managed to make a lay-in while being fouled, and made the free throw to put the Mavs up 28-26. Then Brady Southard found Neill driving for two more points, putting the Grizzlies up 33-31, and that lead would last the rest of the game. At the end of the third, Glacier Peak held a 34-31 lead.
The fourth would not go Meadowdale’s way. The team kept missing open look after open look from short range. Though they made the first basket of the quarter to get the game to 34-33 Glacier Peak, the team could not manage another in the rest of the quarter. The Grizzlies went on a 12-1 run to break away from the Mavs and closed out the game extremely well through a combination of lay-ins and free throws. The dagger came when Ty Kjellesvik hit an 18-footer to put the Grizzlies up 44-34 with 3:00 to play. Glacier Peak ended up with a 48-35 win.
With the loss, the Mavs go to 4-3 (0-3 in conference) and have an out-of-conference game versus Bear Creek High School at Bellevue College on Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m. for the Bellevue College Holiday Tournament. Glacier Peak improves to 5-1 (2-0 in conference) and will also play in the Bellevue College Holiday Tournament. Their first round match-up is versus Monroe at 4:45 on Dec. 27.
Meadowdale scoring: Jacob Perkins 2; Collin Costello 2; Barrett Carlow 3; Aidan O’Neill 4; Griffin Over 4; Kenley Ackerman 5; Charlie White 15
Glacier Peak scoring: Justin Guffey 2; Ty Kjellesvik 6; Brady Southard 8; Nick Allan 8; Luke Neill 11; Trey Chambers 13
– By Quint Turner