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Tag: Lake Washington


Class 3A boys: No. 10 Lake Washington 52, No. 6 Mountlake Terrace 42

Lake Washington rallied from an early deficit, extending its season one more day.

The Kangaroos (21-7) trailed 9-0 before coming alive in the 9 a.m. consolation loser-out game.

“We just realized it could be our last game as senior,” Lake Washington center Darien Nelson-Henry said. “We didn’t want the season to end.”

The Kangaroos pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hawks 17-8.
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Class 3A boys: University 60, Lake Washington 55

The No. 7 Titans made a late push in the fourth quarter to move on to the semifinals where they will face Rainier Beach.

Lake Washington 6-11 big man Darien Nelson-Henry went down with a right ankle sprain early in the fourth quarter with the No. 10 Kangaroos (20-7) leading 46-41, and the Titans took advantage by pounding the ball inside.

Nelson-Henry had his ankle re-taped and returned with 3:32 left and his team up 52-51.

But Senior guard Jared Miller connected on back-to-back drives late in the game to put the Titans (20-4) up for good, 55-52 with just over two minutes left.

“Yeah, I think it was good to have him on the bench,” University head coach Garrick Phillips said. “But I didn’t mind playing with him out there either because he had to guard somebody on our team. And he didn’t want it to be one of our guys who could shoot.”

Junior Brett Bailey, an oral commit to the University of San Diego, led the Titans with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Matt Staudacher led Lake Washington with a game-high 30 points. Nelson-Henry finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

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Boys Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions


F Mitch Brewe, Seattle Prep, Sr., 6-8
Metro League MVP will play at UC Santa Barbara

G Anrio Adams, Rainier Beach, Sr., 6-3

Will play at the University of Kansas

F Justin Pedley, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-6
Ratcheted up his scoring output in the postseason

C Darien Nelson-Henry, Lake Washington, Sr., 6-11
Massive man in the paint is a mismatch for all

F Mitch Penner, Kennedy Catholic, Sr., 6-5
Driving force behind surging Lancers averaging 23 ppg


1. Seattle Prep (22-5)
The Panthers enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state. Prep clipped Lake Washington and Rainier Beach on the way to the Sea-King district title and walloped Mountain View in a winner-to-state game. UC Santa Barbara-bound Mitch Brewe (16.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and guard D.J. Fenner (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give Prep an explosive one-two scoring punch. The Panthers are a tournament favorite, but split two games this season with quarterfinal foe O’Dea.
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3A regional: Lake Washington defeats Wilson 51-40

Take a tape measure to each of the starters on Wilson High’s boys basketball team and their heights won’t match what’s printed on the roster.

“We embellish our size,” Rams coach Dave Alwert said. “We’ve got a kid out there 5-foot, a kid 5-foot-5.”

For most of the season, Wilson played bigger than its size.

The eighth-ranked Rams rolled through Narrows League 3A play undefeated and claimed their first conference crown since 1998.

In a Class 3A regional Friday night at Rogers High, Wilson’s memorable season came to an end. Lake Washington High’s 6-foot-11 center Darien Nelson-Henry took advantage of the smaller Rams, leading the Kangaroos to a 51-40 victory in a winner-to-state game.
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Boys Basketball: Lincoln falls to Lake Washington, 68-58

Contributing Writer

Despite a strong comeback, Lincoln had no answer for Lake Washington’s Darien Nelson-Henry, as the seventh-ranked Abes fell 68-58 in the King Holiday Hoopfest Monday at the University of Washington.

Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton was less than pleased with his team’s performance.

“We played terrible,” Shelton said. “You have to give credit to Lake Washington. They totally exposed our biggest weakness, which is we can’t guard a big guy. So that’s something we absolutely have to work on.”

Nelson-Henry, a University of Pennsylvania commit, used his massive 6-foot-10 frame – four inches taller than any Lincoln player – to score a game-high 35 points, going 16-for-20 from the field. He also added 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

“He was a load,” Shelton said. “We couldn’t stop him. We tried to adjust our defenses a bunch, but we just weren’t ready. With a 9 a.m. game, you never know what you’re going to get and we got a bunch of sleepy guys that weren’t ready to play.”
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