Grizzlies advance to district title game | Boys basketball

Glacier Peak downs Lake Stevens 57-38
By David Pan | Feb 17, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Glacier Peak’s Evan Mannes and Seiver Southard reach for the ball during a 4A District 1 semifinal game against Lake Stevens Feb. 11.

Glacier Peak took care of business on both ends of the court in its 4A District 1 boys basketball semifinal game.

Senior Seiver Southard scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 57-38 victory over Lake Stevens Saturday, Feb. 11, at Snohomish High School.

Justin Purcell added 16 points and Bobby Martin had 14 points.

Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter praised his players’ defensive effort, which limited the Vikings to only 16 points in the first half, while the Grizzlies put up 23 points.

“We played really good defense,” Hunter said. “I thought that was the key to us having the outcome that we had. Collectively and individually I thought we were focused and really stuck with the game plan.”

Glacier Peak advanced to the district championship game and was scheduled to take on Monroe on Thursday, Feb. 16, after the Beacon’s deadline.

The Grizzlies were just as effective on offense.

“We took really good shots, late in the shot clock,” Hunter said. “We had some kids make some big shots. I felt we did a nice job of getting our shots on possessions. That’s huge for us.”

Glacier Peak led 43-28 after three quarters but before Lake Stevens cut the lead to 5 points in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies responded to the challenge with defensive stops and baskets. Hunter isn’t surprised by the poise his players showed.

“We’ve got enough guys that have made big plays throughout the year,” he said. “They have a calmness to them. I think they believe in what we do. They stayed organized and they stay together. They’re just a team.

“We’re not overly unbelievable individuals. But I think as five guys, we’re a pretty good unit on the floor.”

The Grizzlies and Bearcats split their season series with Glacier Peak winning 56-46 in January and Monroe prevailing 70-63 in earlier this month.

“We can’t wait,” Hunter said. “We could be playing anyone on Thursday. It would be exciting. The district championship, those don’t happen every day.”

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