The unusual tournament format didn’t faze the Lakes High Lancers’ talented four-guard rotation.
In fact, the draw in Tuesday night’s SPSL 3A three-way mini-tiebreaker at Bonney Lake High School played right into the group’s strengths.
Guards Terrell Toney, Taron Rogers, Tim Boulding and Diondre Worthy put on an impressive display of feisty defense and a solid effort on offense as the Lancers defeated Auburn Mountainview, 30-22, in overtime of a mini-game to wrap up the SPSL 3A’s No. 1 seed heading into Friday’s sub-district tournament.
Lakes defeated Enumclaw, 36-28, in the first mini-game (two 8-minute quarters) to advance to the second. Enumclaw will head to sub-districts as the No. 3 seed, while Auburn Mountainview is the No. 2 seed. All three teams finished the regular season as division co-champions with 7-3 league records.
Starters Toney and Rogers combined for nine points and four assists in the first game, while Boulding (seven points, four steals) and Worthy (nine points) came up big in the second game.
Boulding came up especially big late against Auburn Mountainview. With Lakes trailing 18-16 with 15 seconds left in regulation, the 6-foot senior swiped an inbounds pass in the backcourt and took it in for an easy layup to tie the score.
Worthy then drilled a 3-pointer to open overtime, and Boulding added another steal and lay-in on the next possession to give Lakes an early 23-18 lead, which they closed out to get the victory.