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Glacier Peak punches ticket to state regional tournament | Boys basketball

Grizzlies keep perfect record intact with wins over Kingco rivals Skyline and Redmond


Last updated 3/5/2020 at 10:12pm

Glacier Peak started strong and finished even stronger.

The Grizzlies took an 8-point lead into the fourth quarter and outscored Skyline 19-7 to coast to a 59-39 victory in a winner-to-state 4A Wes-King District boys basketball tournament game Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Jackson High School.

“It’s what you work for,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter said of the program’s ninth trip in the last 11 years to the state regional tournament. “I thought we shot really well. The kids did a really nice job of finding the open man and having their feet set.”

Bobby Siebers scored 16 points and Tristen Bates finished with 15 for the Grizzlies. Tucker Molina had 12 points and Brayden Quantrille contributed 11.

“That’s been a staple for us,” Hunter said of the balanced scoring. “We’ve had four or five guys in double figures for most of our games.”

Glacier Peak jumped out to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter and extended the advantage to 32-21 at halftime.

Hill was just as pleased with the Grizzlies’ defensive effort. The 39 points was a season-low for the Kingco No. 2 seed, which generally averages in the mid-60s.

“When you hold a team to under 40 points, you’re probably going to have a high level of success,” Hunter said. “The kids were really focused.”

Glacier Peak opened with a 63-57 victory over Redmond in a first-round game.

The Grizzlies kept their perfect 22-0 record intact and are currently the No. 2 team in the 4A RPI (Rating Percentage Index). Union currently ranked No. 1.

“We haven’t really talked about it (record). It’s not something we spend a lot of time on,” Hunter said. “I think it’s a really cool thing to think about down the road. It doesn’t matter what your record is now. Everybody is in the same boat.”

Glacier Peak faces Inglemoor in the district title game 7:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Everett Community College.

For the Grizzlies, the approach to Friday’s game remains the same.

“We practice hard,” Hill said. “We think about what we need to do to put ourselves in a position to be successful. The kids are definitely understanding about staying in the moment and playing the game at hand. The next game is the most important game.”


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