Terrace defense smothers Shorewood, 48-35 | Boys Basketball
Greg Bowman scored 19 points and helped contain Shorewood's 6-10 Josh Hawkinson in the Hawks' WesCo 3A South win.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Last season, the Shorewood boys basketball team handed Mountlake Terrace its only regular-season loss.
Friday night, junior center Greg Bowman made sure that didn't happen again, leading the sixth-ranked Hawks to a 48-35 WesCo 3A South win over the Thunderbirds.
Terrace (5-1 overall, 2-0 league) bounced back after a 60-59 loss to No. 2 Lincoln of Tacoma last Saturday.
Bowman pitched in 19 points and did a solid job containing Shorewood's Josh Hawkinson, a 6-foot-10 center who recently committed to Washington State.
Hawkinson was impressive in the first half with five blocks and 11 points. Shorewood (3-3, 2-1) trailed only 27-20 at halftime, but scored just three points in the third quarter.
Much of Mountlake Terrace's second-half defensive overhaul came in the paint, where the 6-7 Bowman held his own. Hawkinson scored just five points in the second half to finish with 16.
"We preach defense," Bowman said. "And if we can shut down a D-I player and the rest of their team as well, it shows that we can do what we want to do."
Hawks coach Nalin Sood said his team worked this week during practice on stopping Hawkinson.
"He changes the game defensively, and you have to really, really have great team defense against him," he said.
When Terrace's 6-5 post player Loren Lacasse picked up two early fouls, the responsibility of containing Hawkinson fell on Bowman. Sood saw him respond.
"Greg did a really good job cerebrally," Sood said. "The one thing I really respect about Greg's game is he lets the game come to him. He doesn't force things."
Shorewood coach Ben Scheffler was impressed by the Hawks.
"Definitely a top-10 team in state," he said. "Their game against Lincoln proved it, and tonight we got a little taste of it."