Wednesday, February 15, 2017
|Malcolm Rosier-Butler 2016|
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
Feb 15, 2017
Shorecrest 70 - Squalicum 65
The Shorecrest boys basketball team defeated Squalicum 70-65 Wednesday night to advance to the NW District One 3A championship game.
With the win, the Scots have clinched a berth in next weekend's Regional round.
They will play Stanwood for the District Championship Friday night at 8pm at Jackson HS in Mill Creek.
The Scots (20-2) took a seemingly comfortable 56-36 lead into the fourth quarter only to have the Storm (17-4) narrow the gap to as few as 2 points with just under two minutes to play, on the strength of eight 3-point shots they made in the final frame.
Philip Pepple sank two pressure-packed free throws with twelve seconds remaining to extends SC's lead to four.
Walter Wang continued his red-hot shooting, hitting three long shots in the first quarter, as SC shot to a 24-15 lead after one quarter.
Malcolm Rosier-Butler led the Scots with 18 points. Pepple had 15, and Chris Lee 12.
"I thought we played hard, we played our game," Pepple said after the game. "We could have done better down the stretch."
Rosier-Butler chimed in "We played well for three quarters, then Squalicum got hot. But we held on and got the win."
Coach Brian Fischer provided some perspective. "Hats off to our players for making it to Regionals. This is a reward, their hard work is paying off."
Squalicum 15 9 12 29 65
Shorecrest 24 14 18 14 70