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Mount Baker scores in final seconds to beat Lakewood 689-67


December 20, 2017

Andrew Hines

Alex Coleman uses his speed and athleticism to blow past the Mount Baker defender at Lakewood High School on Dec. 19.

After a strong start to the season the Lakewood boys basketball team welcomed the Mount Baker Mountaineers to their home floor, on Dec. 19.

The Cougars ignited through their first few possessions as they started the game off with a 10-0 run. This streak ended soon after as the Mountaineers settled down and took over the rest of the quarter, with a 15-3 run of their own. The rest of the half was heavily competitive as Mount Baker began to hit from deep with regularity and Lakewood attacked the paint. With each team hitting their shots the second quarter ended with a slight Mountaineer lead of 32-28.

The second half was more of the same as both teams battled back and forth keeping the game within a couple of possessions. With time running down in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers held a 62-61 lead with two minutes to go. Tensions were high in the gym as both teams worked to get their shots. Lakewood took a late lead with two consecutive threes, entering the last 10 seconds of the game up by one, 67-66. Mount Baker drove down and hit the go ahead shot with less than a second to go. Unfortunately for the Cougars, they weren't able to get a final shot off as they lost, 68-67.

Andrew Hines

Cougar senior Kaleb Duitsman gets behind the Mountaineer defense for the uncontested lay-up at Lakewood High School on Dec. 19.

"We played our worst game of the year the entire game. Hopefully this is a lesson for us. I think we were humbled because we aren't used to having this early success. When you take anyone lightly this can happen and you can't expect any wins to come easy. You can't have a sense of urgency with three minutes to go, you have to have it from the beginning," said Lakewood Head Coach Anthony Wiederkehr.

Lakewood's senior guard, Kaleb Duitsman led the team with 23 points and seven threes, five of which were in the fourth quarter. Duitsman also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal to his stat line. The other half of the guard duo, Alex Jensen, was the second highest scorer with 15 points as well as two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Alex Coleman and Jonathan Cox also contributed heavily off the ball. Coleman led the team in assists with five and added on seven points, four rebounds and two steals. Cox controlled the boards for the Cougars as he brought in seven rebounds to go with his two points, two assists, one steal and a block.

If you want to come out and support the Cougars, their next home game will be against the Burlington-Edison Tigers on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:15 p.m.


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