Senior Andrew Locke nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots as the Lakeside boys basketball team scored a rare playoff win, 62-40 over host Nathan Hale on Monday in a loser-out Metro League tournament opener.
It was the Lions' first playoff victory since the 2003-04 season. The effort went a long way toward repairing a tarnished reputation for Lakeside, the No. 5 seed from the Mountain Division.
"This is the first time we've won in the playoffs since I was a freshman," said Lakeside senior point guard Spenser Walker, who delivered 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
"We've had a history of not being a strong team in Metro, but we're trying to change that."
Lakeside (10-11) travels to Seattle Prep (12-8), the No. 3 seed from the Mountain Division, for a second-round, winner-to-district Metro tournament game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Nathan Hale, the No. 4 seed from the Sound Division and a recent upset winner over fourth-ranked Chief Sealth and Cleveland, finished its season 12-10.
"This felt good coming in here and winning by 20," Walker said. "[Nathan Hale] upset some teams this week, so a lot of people probably doubted us coming in."
The Raiders played without an ill Wyatt Taboh-Graziano, the team's top scorer at 13.3 points per game.
Lakeside jumped in front 11-4 as Walker and Locke provided a solid inside-out punch.
Garett Myers led Nathan Hale with 11 points at intermission, but went scoreless afterward. Sophomore Thomas Pierson also scored 11 points for the Raiders.
West Seattle 60, at Blanchet 44
Malcolm Love scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats pulled away to beat the Braves in a loser-out game.
Onyi Okolie scored 11 points for West Seattle (7-15), which advanced to a game at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Cleveland.
Max Barr led Bishop Blanchet (6-15) with 12 points.
At Ingraham 52, Blanchet 41
Sherika Puckett had a game-high 21 points as the Rams eliminated the Braves.
Glenda Holmes scored 14 points for Ingraham (7-13), which will play at Holy Names at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Jamie Johnson led Bishop Blanchet (3-16) with 10 points.
At Bainbridge 73, West Seattle 49
Brittany Gray had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spartans past the Wildcats.
Emily Farrar had 17 points for Bainbridge (11-10), which advanced to a game against Nathan Hale at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Rori Magera scored 13 points for West Seattle (5-16), which was eliminated.