MOUNT VERNON - Sometimes a scouting report can be deceiving, and it sure was that way at the wrong time for the Lummi boys' basketball team.
The Blackhawks entered a winner-to-state game in the Class 1B Tri-District Tournament on Friday, Feb. 21, knowing they had to find a way to contain Shorewood Christian's Jordan King, who came in averaging 18.7 points per game.
What they didn't figure was that a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard would be their undoing.
With 10 points in the first quarter, Stan Domingo nearly equaled his season average, and by halftime he'd doubled it to get the Lions out to an early lead they would never relinquish, as they held off a Lummi rally to end the Blackhawks' season with a 74-64 defeat. Domingo finished with 30 points, including three first-half 3-pointers, which allowed Shorewood Christian to jump out to a 40-32 lead at the break.
"Our scouting report was to contain King," Lummi coach Jerome Toby said. "He's their go to guy. ... No. 3 (Domingo) had a great game, and we just came up a little short. It's a tough way to end a great season. I told the boys it was a great season, and we can come out here with our heads high."
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, though, they did not emerge from Mount Vernon Christian with a trip to the regional round of the 1B state tournament, as their season came to a close with a 19-6 record.
Domingo's outside shooting definitely keyed the Lions' run, but it was their length that ended up making the biggest difference.
When Lummi had to shift its focus to stop Domingo, it allowed Shorewood Christian's lanky wing players to step up and take over the game.
King was one of them, as he finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, and J.J. Young came off the bench to record 11 points and 12 rebounds. As if that weren't enough Jovi Fevaleaki had eight points and nine rebounds, as all four players seemed to work in unison. The long arms of King Young and Fevaleaki and Domingo's speed disrupted Lummi's offense, as the four combined for 12 steals.
"They extended that 2-3 zone," Toby said. "They got out and would close out on our shooters. When we were aggressive, we were able to take advantage of them, but when we sat back, they made things tough. They created some turnovers with their size."
The Lions kept stretching their lead in the third quarter, building an advantage as big as 54-38 with 2:29 left in the period.
But then the Blackhawks turned up the pressure, and the result was much to their liking.
After turning the ball over only six times through the first 211/2 minutes of the game, Shorewood Christian coughed it up five times on its final seven possessions of the quarter. Lummi took advantage to pull within 11 points going into the fourth.
"We put in our hustle guys," Toby said. "Not so much our skill guys. But they came out and they flew around and they got them out of their game. I was proud of those guys that just fought for me. My bench came in and did a real good job of just hustling and being scrappy. We were able to get rebounds and get out and run. We got the defensive rebounds, and that's when we're at our best is when we can run in transition."
Lummi also started to take command of the offensive boards, as Kavarez Lane's third-chance bucket with 4:50 to play pulled the Blackhawks within eight, 60-52.
And they weren't done, yet.
After King hit one of two free throws, Charlie Wilson drained a 3-pointer to pull Lummi within six, then trimmed the lead by another point when he made one of two free throws with 4:04 to play.
Trazil Lane's putback score drew the Blackhawks within three, 61-58, with 3:28 to play.
Young stemmed the tide with a layup off a nice assist from King, and that was as close as Lummi would get. The Blackhawks suddenly went cold, missing their last six field goal attempts of the game and turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions. They got a pair of free throws from Willie Jones and another charity shot from Wilson, but by then the Lions had re-established a 10-point lead to put the game away.
"The boys were out there working," Toby said. "I was proud of their hustle and the way they fought."
Lane led the Blackhawks with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Brockie finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals and Jones had six points and four rebounds.
Wilson scored 15 and grabbed six rebounds in his final game as a Blackhawk. Lummi also bid farewell to fellow seniors Deion Hoskins, Leo Scarborough and Logan Toby, who was a four-year starter.
"We had four great seniors," Jerome Toby said. "I'm going to miss them. It's going to be tough to replace them. ... They leave behind a program that's in good hands. They raised the standard of the program with character, sportsmanship and their work ethic."
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SHOREWOOD CHRISTIAN 74, LUMMI 64
Lummi 19 13 13 19 - 64
Shorewood Christian 19 21 16 18 - 74
Lummi: Dean Williams 0, Charlie Wilson 15, Leo Scarborough 0, Logan Toby 3, Austin Brockie 6, Willie Jones 6, Jacob Roberts 2, Trazil Lane 21, Kavarez Lane 5, Deion Hoskins 6. Team totals: 21-44 18-30 64.
Shorewood Christian: Stan Domingo 30, Jordan King 21, Jovi Fevaleaki 8, Micah Lorenz 4, Cameron Akers 0, J.J. Young 11, Lucas Sollesvik 0. Team totals: 23-41 29-29 74.
3-ptg: Lummi 4 (Brockie 2), Shorewood Christian 5 (Domingo 3). Rebounds: Lummi 36 (T. Lane 7), Shorewood Christian 38 (Young 12). Assists: Lummi 8 (Williams 3, Jones 3), Shorewood Christian 10 (Fevaleaki 4). Fouls: Lummi 22, Shorewood Christian 24 (King, Akers fouled out). Turnovers: Lummi 18, Shorewood Christian 18.
Reach DAVID RASBACH at email@example.com or call 715-2271.