Glacier Peak bounces Kamiak | Boys basketball
Kamiak didn’t have the answers on either side of the court against league-leading Glacier Peak.
Bobby Martin scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 63-50 victory over the Knights in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Jan. 6 at Kamiak High School.
Seiver Southard added 13 points and Austin Petz had 11 points for Glacier Peak, which withstood a late Knights’ rally that cut a double-digit lead to 5 points early in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Carson Tuttle scored a team-high 14 points for Kamiak (2-2 in the league. 7-4 overall). Teammate Danny Sharpe had 13 points but was in foul trouble and was held scoreless in the first half.
“They played really well,” Kamiak coach Cory West said of the Grizzlies, who improved to 5-0 in the league and 10-1 overall. “We can’t dwell on the game. We’ve got plenty more games. That’s the level we want to play at. That was a well-coached team, a well-executing team.”
Glacier Peak took a 17-13 lead into the second quarter and extended its advantage to 33-21 at halftime. The Grizzlies maintained the double-digit advantage through the third quarter before Kamiak started whittling away at the lead.
A 3-pointer by senior guard Christian Clausen cut the deficit to 48-43 three minutes into the final period. But the Grizzlies quickly responded with a 9-0 run to push the lead back up to 14 points.
West was surprised as anyone how fast Glacier Peak was able to reassert itself after the Knights had moved to within striking distance.
“Next time I looked up it was 14,” West said. “I don’t know how. It happens. They had more runs than us. They went on a couple more runs.”
Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter loved the way his team responded to the Kamiak run.
“They had all the momentum,” he said. “For our kids to understand the situation and get great shots and get stops, that was really great to see. You don’t want to do that every night because it gets a little tough as coach to sit. To see the kids respond, that was awesome.”
The Grizzlies, especially Martin, took advantage of the absence of Sharpe in the first half. The Glacier Peak senior wing scored 17 of 28 points in the first half.
“They moved the ball well. They executed well,” West said. “It hurt to have our big man in foul trouble. Danny had 13. He had none in the first half. He sat in the first half.”
West described Martin as a player who causes a lot of match up problems for opponents. Had he not been in foul trouble, Sharpe would have been guarding Martin.
“We didn’t do a good job … of getting stops and getting back,” West said. “In the first half, they had 20 points in the paint. That’s on us.”
The Knights also didn’t have a particularly good night shooting the ball. Clausen didn’t score his first basket until the fourth quarter.
“I think they executed. They chased our shooters and we had an off night,” West said.
Kamiak was scheduled to take on Mount Vernon on Tuesday, after the Beacon’s deadline, and then is on the road against Jackson Thursday, Jan. 12 and at Lake Stevens on Saturday, Jan.14.