King’s remains in playoff hunt | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Feb 15, 2018

King’s is staying alive.

After dropping its district playoff opener to Mount Baker, the Knights bounced back with three straight victories, including two loser-out games, to stay in the hunt for a state tournament berth.

King’s began its climb back with a 62-41 victory over Cascade Conference champion South Whidbey in a loser-out game Friday, Feb. 9, at South Whidbey High School.

“We shot the ball better,” Knights coach Rick Skeen said.

King’s connected on 10 of 21 3-point shot attempts. Skeen said that Elyon Zevenbergen played one of his best games of the season with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

The victory sent the Knights into a rematch with the Mountaineers in a third/fourth place district matchup, which King’s won 70-53 Saturday, Feb. 10, at Mount Vernon High School. Zevenbergen again elevated his game with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 block shots.

“We played at a much faster tempo than the first time,” Skeen said. “We were much more in an attack mode. We settled for less 3-point shots and got to the rim. Their big guys were in foul trouble.”

King’s then defeated Seattle Academy 61-44 in a loser-out Bi-District game Monday, Feb. 12, at King’s High School. The Knights were up by 4 points heading into the fourth quarter when Hunter Reeves seized control of the game by spearheading a 12-0 run at the start of the period.

“He just came in and took over the game,” Skeen said. “He had the ball in his hands and he started attacking. He had lay-ups. He was fouled. He had assists. Hunter was really good.”

Zevenbergen scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Skeen said. “Our kids are finding him. Our kids are looking for him. He’s just delivering. He’s really stepped his level of play.”

Zevenbergen is averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds in his last 10 games.

“He’s really starting to come into his own down the stretch,” Skeen said.

King’s was scheduled to play Overlake in a winner-to-state regionals/loser-out Bi-District tournament game Wednesday, Feb. 14, after the Beacon’s deadline.

BALANCED ATTACK LEADS KNIGHTS PAST ANNIE WRIGHT: Four Knights scored in double figures as King’s defeated Annie Wright 71-55 in a loser-out Bi-District girls basketball tournament game Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Annie Wright High School. Mia Flor scored 18 points to lead the Knights (14-10). Dominique Kirton and Peri Welch each had 12 points and Jadyn Kirton finished with 10. The victory sends the Knights into another loser-out Bi-District tournament game against Nooksack Valley at 7:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. The Knights lost 42-37 to Nooksack Valley in the district tournament.

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