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Bellevue’s depth too much for Lake Washington in 79-61 win | Boys basketball
The second-ranked Wolverines broke open the game in the second half with a strong showing from the bench.
Seattle Times staff reporter
BELLEVUE – Lake Washington was able to counter each Bellevue run for two quarters on Tuesday night. Eventually, though, the Wolverines’ depth proved too much and the Kangs couldn’t keep up.
Bellevue, the second-ranked 3A team, used a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and coast to a 79-61 home win over 2A No. 8 Lake Washington in a KingCo league game.
“Our subs that we bring in there, we don’t lose a step, really,” Bellevue coach Chris O’Connor said. “We just got to keep the pressure on teams by being deep. I felt about halfway through the third quarter that maybe our depth was getting to them a little bit.”
Bellevue’s run after halftime produced a 50-36 lead and Lake Washington (5-1) wasn’t able to get within 13 the rest of the way, as the Wolverines’ advantage swelled to 22 at one point.
The Wolverines (5-0) broke the game open with the same simple approach they had taken all night: moving the ball quickly and taking open looks. Bellevue’s bigs inside keyed the straightforward approach.
“Our posts are doing a better job of passing,” O’Connor said. “Actually, our posts are doing a better job of finding each other (in) high-low situations and stuff. They’re doing a good job of reversing to our perimeter guys and setting good ball screens.”
Bellevue’s top three scorers all made their presence in the paint known, with Zack Moore leading the way with 15 points. Gunther Klimes and Jack Walton added 12 points apiece.
“We just have younger guys, but they’re ready to play,” Walton said. “I think quality players who play well together, good chemistry. It’s nice having them come off the bench ready to play.”
Drew Heimdahl led Lake Washington with 17 points, but scored only five of those after halftime. Jamal Muhammad added 16 for the Kangs, but was forced to sit on the bench with foul trouble for most of the second half.