Wildcats finish KingCo tournament with a No. 3 seed

February 8, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

Mount Si boys basketball earned a No. 3 seed going into the SeaKing District 2 tournament, and will face Eastside Catholic Feb. 9 to see where they go from there.

Mount Si’s earned the spot after a 78-50 loss to Bellevue Feb. 5, and a 73-46 win against Liberty Feb. 7 in the KingCo 3A conference tournament.

The Wildcats faced Bellevue twice this season and walked away with wins, so the recent loss took Mount Si by surprise.

Trent Riley, a guard/forward for Mount Si, said Bellevue was “on fire with the threes.”

Coach Steve Helm confirmed that assessment, and said Bellevue shot 55 percent of their attempted 3-pointers.

“They just wouldn’t miss a shot,” he said.

And because of the Wolverine’s phenomenal defense, Mount Si really struggled with trying to get shots in, Helm said.

“Bellevue really set the tempo of that game, but today, we were the ones setting the tempo – offensively and defensively,” he said of the Wildcats win against the Liberty Patriots.

“I’m so proud of these guys tonight,” Helm said.

Riley put 30 points up on the board against Liberty, his best showing this season.

But Helm said he was also impressed with Levi Botten’s 11 points, Griffin McLain’s 6 points, and Beau Shain’s 13 rebounds.

Helm said the Liberty win was big for Mount Si for a couple reasons: one, winning gives the team positive momentum going into the district playoffs, and two, their KingCo No. 3 seed means the Wildcats will play Metro’s sixth seed, rather than the fourth.

Mount Si faces Eastside Catholic at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Eastside Catholic.


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