Glacier Peak knocks off Kamiak | Boys basketball

Grizzy girls wrap up league title
By David Pan | Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Fletcher Douglas attempts a lay-up against Kamiak.

Glacier Peak overcame a sluggish first half by turning up the defensive pressure on Kamiak.

The Grizzlies used a half-court trap to disrupt the Knights and limited their opponent to only 15 points in the second half.

On the offensive end, the shots started to fall and Glacier Peak pulled away for a 54-40 victory in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, at Kamiak High School.

Grizzly coach Brian Hunter wasn’t surprised that Kamiak played the defending league champions tough.

“It’s just hard, road games,” he said. “We know we have a bit of a bull’s-eye on us always when we play and so sometimes it just take a little while to get going.”

Glacier Peak (10-2 in the league, 12-6 overall) took a 15-13 lead after the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Evan Mannes gave the Grizzlies a 28-25 halftime advantage. Glacier Peak extended its lead to 11 points before Kamiak’s Charlie Powers connected on back-to-back baskets (a 3- and 2-pointer) to cut the lead to 37-30 as the teams headed for the final period.

Glacier Peak then used its smothering defense to stymie Kamiak’s offense.

“They switched to a little half-court trap that with their length and their speed and their size really threw us off,” Kamiak coach Brandon Corsi said. “We just weren’t able to solve it.”

The Grizzlies prevented the Knights from getting the ball into the middle of the court where they could find either their shooters or players who would slash to the basket, Corsi added.

“Our kids worked hard,” Hunter said. “We moved well … We created quite a bit of problems for them.”

Glacier Peak went on a 10-3 run to take a 47-33 lead three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Knights cut the deficit to 11 points midway through the period but could get no closer.

“They’re such a disciplined, well-balanced team,” Corsi said. “If you make some mistakes, they’re going to make you pay right away.”

Mannes scored 16 points and Fletcher Douglas finished with 13 points for the Grizzlies. Teammate Marshall Ross had 11 points.

“We just tried to take the opportunities that were there and finish,” Hunter said. “We didn’t finish real well in the first half. We left quite a bit out there in the first half. I felt like we finished a lot better in the second half.”

The Grizzlies were without junior guard Brayden Corwin, who missed his second game.

“It’s nice to be able to weather the storm without him for a couple of games,” Hunter said. “We’ll get him back for the stretch run for the playoffs.”

Powers led Kamiak with a game-high 19 points. Teammate Ben Ferrara added 14 points.

GLACIER PEAK GIRLS CLINCH LEAGUE TITLE: Glacier Peak continued to roll through its closest competition with victories over Lake Stevens (67-48), Kamiak (65-32) and Jackson (58-48) in Wesco 4A girls basketball play. Four players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies (12-0, 17-1) overcame a 27-25 halftime deficit against the second-place Vikings (10-2, 11-7) with a blistering 23-8 third quarter outburst. Glacier Peak swept the two-game regular season series with Lake Stevens. The Grizzlies have clinched the Wesco 4A’s No. 1 to the Wes-King tournament and play against a yet-to-be determined opponent at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Jackson High School.

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