The Lummi boys’ basketball team has rolled through just about every team it has faced this season, with only one win being by 10 points or less. Though that streak extended with a 62-48 win over Seattle Lutheran, the result was in doubt for much of the game.
Kavarez Lane, a defensive stalwart, was the leader on both ends of the court. His defensive energy ignited a late run by Lummi to pull away in the fourth quarter of a second round Class 1B Tri-District Tournament game on Thursday, Feb. 19, at Mount Vernon Christian.
“They really tested us and our patience,” Lummi coach Jerome Toby said. “Credit to them for disrupting us. They took us out of our rhythm offensively, but I’m happy with the boys’ effort in sticking with it.”
One of Lane’s fourth quarter steals was very instrumental in the Lummi defense clamping down at the end of the game. After a defensive rebound by Seattle Lutheran, Lane went on the attack. He ran to the basket, and snatched the ball from the rebounder before laying it in to swing the momentum in the Blackhawks’ favor.
“Defensively we settled down in the fourth quarter,” Toby said. “Their kid got cooking early on, and we talked about that at the break and the boys responded.”
Lane also finished with a team-high four assists and added 18 points. He ran point for stretches when Dean Williams and Jacob Roberts had to sit with foul trouble. Williams still had a big impact on both ends, forcing steals and hounding his defender while adding 13 points.
Roberts was also key on defense. Offensively, it was Trazil Lane again leading the way for the Blackhawks. His 23 points were a game-high, as were his 11 rebounds.
With the score nearly even at Lummi 39, Seattle Lutheran 38 entering the fourth, the Blackhawks rallied around Kavarez Lane’s defense and hounded the Saints to the tune of only 10 points. Lummi exploded for 23, most of which came in transition.
“We didn’t have a rhythm offensively, so I told them we were stale and to get out in transition,” Toby said. “We did in the fourth and that was when we were at our best. Credit to their half-court defense for disrupting us.”
Austin Brockie added eight points, but was assessed a second technical when he caught a Seattle Lutheran player who was going to fall after a foul. In his stead, Jason James was instrumental in the stiff defense for the rest of the third and fourth quarters.
“I’m proud of Jason for coming in and playing a great second half,” Toby said. “He did things that don’t show up in the scoresheet, but had a really big block in transition and didn’t give up on that play. I’m proud of his effort.”
Lummi advances to the Tri-District Title game to face Neah Bay, a familiar opponent after state football. The Blackhawks own a victory over Neah Bay, but know it won’t be a cakewalk.
“Neah is one of the premier programs in the state,” Toby said. “For us it starts on the defensive end. They’re a mirror image of us. It’s going to be a fun game.”
That game takes place at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Mount Vernon Christian. Both teams advance to the Class 1B State Tournament.
Lummi 62, Seattle Lutheran 48
Seattle Lutheran: Grant Ball 4, Isaiah Dowding-Albrect 0, Brandon Lulow 0, Garrett Ball 4, Xavier Turner 13, Roberto Duenaz 10, Hermon Rusom 2, Ryan Okabayaski 4, Josh Meyer 11. Totals: 16-35, 7-17 48.
Lummi: Dean Williams 13, Jacob Roberts 0, John Ballew 0, Jason James 0, Willie Jones 0, Austin Brockie 8, Jeff Cultee 0, Trazil Lane 23, Kavarez Lane 18, Adam Lawrence 0. Totals: 24-53 8-14 62.
3-point field goals — Seattle Lutheran: 7 (Duenaz 3); Lummi: 4 (Brockie 2). Rebounds — Seattle Lutheran: 21 (Meyer 6); Lummi: 30 (Trazil Lane 11). Assists — Seattle Lutheran: 1 (Grant Ball 1); Lummi: 6 (K. Lane 4). Fouls — Seattle Lutheran: 12; Lummi: 15.