Prep boys basketball: Mountlake Terrace shuts down Shorecrest to earn state berth

Terrace senior forward Zaveon Jones (41) defends as Shorecrest’s Junior Kagarabi (right) drives to the hoop. (Photos by Joe Christian)

The Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team continued its stellar season in impressive fashion Tuesday, as the Hawks defeated Shorecrest 51-27 in a 3A District 1 semifinal game at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

The top-seeded Hawks shook off a sluggish start and improved to 21-1 overall with the win over the Scots (14-8), and advanced to the district championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Marysville Pilchuck. The Hawks will play third-seeded Arlington (17-6), which defeated Mount Vernon 59-56 in Tuesday’s first semifinal.

Both Mountlake Terrace and Arlington qualified for the Class 3A state tournament. The Hawks advanced to their third consecutive district championship game and qualified for the state tournament for the fourth straight season.

The Hawks jumped out to an early 9-4 lead before the Scots took an 11-9 lead by scoring the final seven points of the first quarter.

Shorecrest’s lead was short lived as Mountlake Terrace went on a 16-2 run in the second quarter and led 25-15 at halftime.

The Hawks allowed only four points in the second quarter and three points in the third quarter, building a 33-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Hawks continued to pull away in the final quarter, leading by as many as 26 points.

Senior guard Logan Tews led the Hawks with 11 points, and four other players also scored eight points or more for Mountlake Terrace.  Senior Jaxon Dubiel had a season-low eight points, however, that was enough to break a school record that stood for 44 years.

Dubiel surpassed Al Shannon to become the school’s all-time single season scoring leader.  Dubiel has scored 484 points this season, surpassing Shannon, who scored 483 points during the 1979-1980 season.

The two teams played each other once during the regular season, at Arlington on Dec. 18.  The Hawks won that game 60-54. It’s also a rematch of last year’s district title game when Mountlake Terrace defeated Arlington 57-34 at Everett Community College.

The Hawks are also hoping to win their third consecutive district championship, defeating Arlington last year and Ferndale (58-53) in 2022.

Terrace junior Rayshaun Connor (11) brings the ball downcourt Tuesday.
Terrace senior forward Gabe Towne (33) shoots a 3-pointer in front of the Hawks cheerleaders and fans.
Terrace senior guard Joe Asalifew (13) drives to the bucket in the fourth quarter.
Mountlake Terrace players celebrate after Tuesday’s win.
Mountlake Terrace senior guard Jaxon Dubiel (15) glides to the basket past Shorecrest’s Devan Jones (24) in a District 1 3A semifinal game at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Tuesday.


  1. How was the photographer able to get all of these action shots. Well done. I hope Mountlake Terrace is a state contender.
    1977. I officiated one of their games. Terrace won the state championship. My sergeants son, Murphy was a star of that team. Four players went on to have college basketball careers. Go MLT.

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