Knights rally for district win | Boys basketball
King’s kept its hopes of winning a third straight 1A boys basketball championship alive.
The Knights won back-to-back loser-out games against Seattle Academy and Mount Baker in the 1A Bi-District tournament to advance to the state regional tournament.
Senior Dawson Porcello scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Knights to a 68-57 victory over Mount Baker to secure the state berth Saturday, Feb. 18 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
King’s plays Northwest School at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The victory didn’t come easy as King’s trailed 18-13 after the first quarter and 30-28 at halftime. The Knights outscored Mount Baker 40-27 in the second half.
“They’re a good team,” King’s coach Rick Skeen said. “We knew it would be a dog fight. They jumped on us early. We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half.”
Skeen said he was upbeat considering the team was down by only 2 points after going 0 for 10 from the 3-point line in the first half.
King’s still didn’t play well for much of the third quarter but managed to finally take the lead by the end of the period – 38-36.
“We grinded it out. No doubt about it,” Skeen said.
Luke Wicks scored 19 points and Josh Frohardt added 11.
Porcello scored 25 points to lead the Knights to a 55-38 victory over Seattle Academy Thursday, Feb. 16, at Seattle Academy High School.
Frohardt contributed 12 points and Chewy Zevenbergen had 10 points.
The Knights led 15-2 after the first quarter but Seattle Academy rallied in the second quarter and went into halftime down 27-20. King’s again outscored its opponent in the second half – 28-18 – to secure the victory.
Seattle Academy cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the third quarter.
“It was way closer than the final score indicated,” Skeen said.
Porcello is shooting the ball well, the King’s coach noted.
“He’s helped fill some of the void of Corey (Kispert),” Skeen added. “Ultimately, it’s our defense that is helping us win the games. … Our defense has kept us in games for sure.”
Kispert, who is headed to Gonzaga University, is out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury. He is supporting the team as an assistant coach.
“Our bigs – Zevenbergen and Wicks – are huge for us right now,” Skeen said. “Josh Frohardt, he picks his spots. He hits big shots. Hunter Reeves and Levi (Bundrant) are playing great defense. Christian Lopez is proving a spark. It’s been a collective effort. It’s been everybody stepping up a little bit. If we’re going to win another game, it’s going to have to be the same moving forward.”
COACH WINS 300TH GAME: King’s coach Rick Skeen won his 300th career game against Seattle Academy. Skeen didn’t know anything about the milestone and was in the locker room waiting for his players when he was told that he needed to go back on to the court, where he was congratulated by his players and staff, who were wearing T-shirts with 300 written on them to commemorate the achievement.