Decatur boys basketball coach Kevin Olson knew Mountlake Terrace was big and physical, but he didn’t quite count on how quick the Hawks were.
Terrace was happy enough to show Olson and the Gators why it’s considered a threat to win the Class 3A state title, running Decatur off the floor in the second half and winning a regional playoff game 77-62 Friday at Jackson High School.
“They’re a tall team but they aren’t a slow team,” said Olson, whose team ends the season at 18-7. “They kept beating us down the floor for easy baskets. I think I underestimated their quickness.”
Decatur was as close as 42-39 midway through the third quarter before the Hawks (23-1) went on a 20-4 run to open up a 62-43 lead. The Gators were 3-for-16 in the third quarter.
Dom Hunter scored 23 points and Abraham Ferrell-Logan had 15 for Decatur.
“Our shots weren’t falling and we were getting beat in transition and that’s a bad combination,” Olson said.
— Mike Allende, contributing writer