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By David Pan 

Knights edge Vikings to secure postseason berth | Boys basketball

 

February 13, 2019



Kamiak booked a trip to the Wes-King 4A boys basketball tournament with a hard-fought victory over Lake Stevens.

Sophomore Ben Ferrara scored what turned out to be the winning basket off an assist from senior Dakota Bueing and the Knights survived a last-second 3-point shot attempt to edge the Vikings 49-47 in the regular season finale for both teams Thursday, Feb. 7, at Kamiak High School.

Kamiak clinched the league’s No. 5 seed with the victory. The Knights were scheduled to take on Inglemoor, the Kingco’s No. 4 seed, in a loser-out tournament contest at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Inglemoor High School.

Coach Brandon Corsi came into his first season as head coach with a completely new starting lineup and a roster lacking in varsity experience. The district playoffs were a goal but given the team’s youth – five sophomores played significant roles – expectations were tempered.

“It definitely is an added bonus,” Corsi said of the playoff berth. “We’ve got a pretty talented group.”

Thursday’s contest was the second game decided by two points against Lake Stevens. Kamiak (6-8 in the league, 9-11 overall) won the first meeting 57-55 in January.

“We’re two evenly matched teams,” Corsi said. “It’s always going to come down to the final possession.”

The Knights trailed by five points late in the fourth quarter but scored the game’s final seven points. Junior Charlie Powers dished to senior Ryker Wuttke, who tied the score at 47 with a two-handed dunk.

Powers led Kamiak with 18 points after shaking off a tough first-half performance.

“He definitely picked up the scoring when we needed it,” Corsi said.

Ferrara finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Bueing and Wuttke each added 6 points.

Having other players share the offensive load with Powers is important for the Knights.

“If we get one, two or three guys other than Charlie, it makes us a lot more dangerous,” Corsi said.

Lake Stevens (4-10, 9-12) came out strong in the first quarter, taking a double-digit lead before Kamiak found its footing. The Knights trailed 12-10 after the first quarter and then inched ahead 24-23 at halftime.

Corsi noted that school closures and the subsequently cancelled practices contributed to the tough start.

“We did kind of come out with not a ton of energy,” he said. “But I think once the kids saw Lake Stevens came out here to play, I think that sparked a change in energy and effort in us.”

The winner of Wednesday’s contest advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

Inglemoor finished first in the Kingco Crest Division with a 10-3 record (16-5 overall). The Vikings, however, were upset by Issaquah (7-6, 10-12) in the league tournament and ended placing fourth following another loss to Redmond (8-5, 12-10).

“They’re a very balanced team. They shoot the ball very well,” Corsi said. “They move well without the ball. They’re very difficult to defend.”

Kamiak closed the regular season with two wins in its last three contests.

“I just love to see the continued energy and effort,” Corsi said. “We’re looking to continue to execute offensively and defensively. I think the rest will fall into place if we can put all those things together.”

WAITING GAME: Like everyone else, Mariner has been playing the waiting game for its Wes-King 4A district opener. The Marauders, who last played on Feb. 1 when they beat district rival Kamiak, are scheduled to host Skyline (3-10, 9-12) in a loser-out game at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14.

The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and is scheduled to play Kingco No. 1 seed Mount Si at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at Mount Si High School. The Wildcats were 13-0 in the Kingco Crest Division and 20-2 overall.

 

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