Lake Stevens boys (1-11 overall) still haven’t won a Wesco game this season but they came close to breaking the ice last week, falling at home on January 7 to Kamiak by 43-37, and at Lynnwood the following Thursday by 62-60.
Despite the losses there were some reasons for optimism for the remainder of the season.
Trey Pavitt scored 23 points against Kamiak, making 10 of 16 shots including three for three from 3-point range in the second half, as Lake mounted a late rally.
Pavitt became one of the few freshmen in Viking history to score at least 20 points in a game. He also had eight rebounds.
Lake played without CJ Lat and Neil Blaine, who sat out the game for medical reasons.
Lake’s 42-31 superiority in the rebounding department was bolstered by 15 boards by sophomore Jacob Eason. Lake was hampered by its main bugaboo this season -- turnovers, committing 26 of them to Kamiak’s 11.
At Lynnwood Lake pulled out to a 35-32 halftime lead and was tied 50-50 after three quarters but couldn’t quite finish the deal.
Pavitt eclipsed the 20-point mark for the second straight game, scoring 21, while Eason again took down 15 rebounds.
Lake, which has struggled with its shooting all season, made a respectable 45 percent of its shots, 26 for 58. But once again Lake was troubled by turnovers, committing 16.
Lat returned to action with nine points, while Braden Ash contributed 14.