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Cougars D earns a W
A decisive 40-22 win Friday night over Archbishop Murphy kept the Lakewood boys basketball teams hopes alive for a first-round playoff bye in the upcoming Cascade Conference district tournament.
The Cougar boys, who are 7-6 in conference play (10-9 overall), dominated the Wildcats with a smothering defense, led by senior Dan Borisovs six steals. Borisov, who also contributed 10 points, combined with fellow senior Dan Spencers game-high 14 points to outscore the entire Wildcat offense, which fell to 5-7 in conference, 7-12 overall.
Though Lakewood played in convincing fashion, none of the teams points came easily, with all of their 40 points coming from the field, going 0-for-2 at the free throw line.
Cougar coach Ron Thorvilson had plenty of praise for his players after the game.##M:more]##
We played really good defense, so they didnt get a lot of opportunities. They only had 22 points. I tell kids, if we keep games in the 20s, we dont lose games, he said, calling the game a must-win for the team.
Their next game against South Whidbey on Feb. 16 will be another must-win for the cohesive unit to sustain their chance at the district tournaments No. 2 seed and the first-game bye. With the win over Archbishop Murphy, Sultan is Lakewoods only competition for the second seed slot at 6-6 in conference play with a win and a loss apiece in their series. A Lakewood win Feb. 16, along with a Sultan loss to either conference-leader Granite Falls or Archbishop Murphy, gives the Cougars the seed. A Lakewood loss or two Sultan wins gives Sultan a predetermined tiebreaker over the Cougars in the event the teams end their regular seasons with the same record.
Theyve determined not to play off the ties, Thorvilson explained. If theres a tie between Lakewood and Sultan, they would get the two (seed), and we would be the three. Even though we split, whatever matrix they applied was done before the season even started. There are more factors than just head to head.
At Lakewood H.S.
Archbishop Murphy 2 3 9 8 22
Lakewood 8 12 10 10 40
Archbishop Murphy Clancy 2, Ackerman 2, Smith 2, Bourke 9, Hunter 5, Quinlan 1. Lakewood Ordonez 2, Spencer 14, Borisov 10, Rist 2. Noteboom 5, Wyatt 3, Loucks 4. 3-point goals Hunter 1, Borisov 2, Noteboom 1, Wyatt 1. Records Archbishop Murphy 5-7 in conference, 7-12 overall. Lakewood 7-6, 10-9.