Viking boys split with Monroe and Marysville in Wesco games
Lake scores againsy Monroe but couldn’t get enough points to win.
Lake Stevens boys closed out regular season Wesco basketball play by splitting home games with Monroe and Marysville.
Monroe beat the Vikings 65-45 on January 31 and Lake beat Marysville 72-57 on February 2.
Lake completed league play with a 9-6 record (11-9) overall, good for third place in Wesco North and an opening District test at Kamiak (12-8, Wesco South’s runner-up) on February 8— to be reported on in next week’s Journal. Lake beat Kamiak, at Lake, on January 6 by 60-43 (Lake’s only victory over a team with a winning record so far this season).
Monroe 65 Lake 45
In what was perhaps Lake’s most disappointing effort of the season, the Vikings, who lost at Monroe earlier this season 58-56 on a last-second trick play, were completely blown away by the Bearcats in the second half. The game was tied 22-all at halftime and Lake trailed by just 30-29 midway through the third quarter when the Bearcats launched a 35-11 run to turn the game into a wipeout.
Monroe, which finished as Wesco North co-champs with Arlington (the Bearcats’ first title as a 4A team) were clearly the hungrier, more aggressive, more focused team on this particular night.
Gunnar Eklund was the only Viking to have an effective game, with 16 points and 19 rebounds, but he was held to a single field goal and five points overall in the second half.
A major factor in the drubbing was Lake’s 17 turnovers to just six by Monroe.
Lake 72 Marysville 57
Lake was hot at the outset, shooting out to a 19-7 lead at the quarter break and 40-21 at halftime, then withstood a furious third quarter rally in which the Toms outscored Lake 25-13. Lake righted the ship by outpointing the visitors to the tune of 19-11 in the fourth.
Lake slaughtered Marysville on the boards, 55 rebounds to 31, with three Vikings contributing double figures to that total. Brady Pahukoa had 12 rebounds, Eklund 11 and Lorin Vandegrift 10. Eklund also had 13 points (including seven of ten at the free throw line), four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Tomson, ineffective versus Monroe, revived his game with 14 points (making six of 11 field goals), five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Vandegrift had nine points, Chad Paulson eight points and five rebounds.
Center Ryan Shannon scored 25 points for Marysville, guard Nate Williams 13 (both are juniors).
Lake shot 40 percent for the game, Marysville 39 percent. Lake had 10 turnovers, Marysville nine.