Sehome-Mark Morris capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Mariners (17-3)

Enrollment: 817

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1 (finished fourth in bi-district tournament)

State appearances: 13 (29-19)

State titles: 1 (1996)

Coach: AJ LaBree

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Tanner Clark G Jr. 5-10 10.4

Leif Anderson G Jr. 6-0 13.1

Evan Miksovsky G Sr. 6-2 12.1

Elijah Andrushenko F Jr. 6-3 4.3

Duncan James F Jr. 6-3 6.6

Scouting the Mariners: Sehome is back in the state tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season after claiming the No. 4 seed out of the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament. The Mariners have used suffocating defensive pressure to win games this year and play 10 deep. Evan Miksovsky does it all, and junior guard Leif Anderson has given the club a great offensive boost with his perimeter shooting. Tanner Clark runs the point and is a solid ball-handler.

Key to the game: Mark Morris has lived off second-chance points this season. The Mariners need to box out and limit the Monarchs to only one shot per possession.

Player to watch: No Mariner has advanced this far during in his career, but Sehome will undoubtedly need Miksovsky to have a big game if the Sehome wants to advance to Yakima's Hardwood Classic.

Key Stats: 5, number of players who've led the Mariners in scoring this season.

Scoring Avg: 63.9

Opp Avg: 54.2

Nickname: Monarchs (18-5)

Enrollment: 783

League: Greater St. Helens

District: 4 (finished first in district tournament)

State appearances: 34 (51-49)

State titles: 3 (1978, 1985, 1987)

Coach: Bill Bakamus

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Cameron Mosier G Sr. 5-10 9.4

Hayden Tapani G Sr. 5-11 7.3

Evan Troy G Jr. 6-3 6.5

Grant Gibb F Jr. 6-5 15.3

Jared Bartleson F Sr. 6-5 6.0

Scouting the Monarchs: Mark Morris is a longstanding successful boys' basketball program and is in the state tournament after claiming District 4's top seed. The Monarchs aren't flashy, but they are really solid at what they do, which is taking time with possessions and getting the ball into the low post. Junior 6-foot-5 forward Grant Gibb is the Monarchs top offensive producer, scoring 15.3 points per game, while Cameron Mosier is averaging 9.4 points.

Key to the game: Coach Bill Bakamus is one of the most decorated coaches in the 2A ranks and is known for having his teams prepared, but Sehome will still look to dictate the tempo of the game. If the Mariners can take the Monarchs out of their game, they have a better shot of pulling the upset.

Player to watch: Grant Gibb has been Mark Morris' go-to all year. Nothing should change Saturday.

Key Stats: 9, number of seniors Mark Morris lists on its roster. Sehome has one.

Scoring Avg: 60.6

Opp Avg: 52.6

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