With go-to player – 6-foot-9 center Zach Banner – on the bench with foul trouble for much of the game, a pair of undersized guards lifted Lakes High.
Dequam Walls and Phillip Winston hit clutch shots in key moments of the 3A boys basketball sub-district loser-out contest Saturday afternoon, leading Lakes to a 78-65 win over Enumclaw and keeping the defending state champion’s season alive.
“Dequam Walls kept us in the game,” Lakes coach JoJo Rodriguez said, “and Phillip Winston brought us home.”
Ninth-ranked Lakes owned a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but when leading scorer Banner fouled out with six minutes to play, Enumclaw made a run at the Lancers.
Dane Ashcraft’s basket with three minutes remaining cut the margin to seven points, 68-61, and swung momentum in the Hornets’ favor. On the ensuing possession, Winston, a 6-foot sophomore, drilled a jumper and Lakes kept control the rest of the way.
Banner led Lakes with 17 points and six rebounds, while Walls, who made four 3-pointers, totaled 20 points. Winston and guard Andrew Holloway each finished with 14 points.
Drake Rademacher, a 6-foot-7 post, paced Enumclaw (7-15) with 18 points and Perry Rockwood added 16.
Lakes (14-7) advances to play in another loser-out contest. The Lancers will face Lincoln (15-7) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin Pierce High in the first round of the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.
The Abes, the third seed from the Narrows League, beat Lakes 62-49 Dec. 22 at Franklin High. Since then, the two programs have gone on divergent paths. Lincoln has lost four of its past five games, while the Lancers have won eight of their last nine games, falling only to seventh-ranked Decatur.
Holloway believes Lakes has improved, but still expects a stiff challenge from Lincoln.
“Lincoln’s a great team,” he said, “and we’re going to have to be at our best.”
Bonney Lake 59, Hazen 51: The Panthers became the fourth SPSL 3A team to qualify for the bi-district tournament when they topped the Highlanders in the loser-out game.
Bonney Lake will face Mountain View of Vancouver at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clover Park High.
No. 7 Lakes 56, Bonney Lake 37: The Lancers will enter the 3A bi-district tournament on a 10-game winning streak after dispatching the Panthers in a loser-out contest.
Lakes (18-4) took the lead for good when JaMesha Holland converted a three-point play early in the first quarter that gave the Lancers a 5-3 lead. Holland led Lakes with 13 points and Aubre Mitchell added 12.
“It was a collaborative defense effort,” Lakes coach Dave McEachern said.
Lakes will meet Yelm (13-7) in the first round of the bi-district tourney at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Pierce High in another loser-out contest.
Naomi Pounds led Bonney Lake (7-15) with 17 points.
Enumclaw 59, Decatur 46: The Hornets won the loser-out contest and will meet Camas in the first round of the bi-district tournament. Enumclaw will play the Papermakers at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Clover Park High.