Mercer Island Boys Basketball Takes Down Bellevue 65-50 in Loser Out Game Friday Night

Bellevue had beaten Mercer Island in 3 of 4 match-ups coming into tonight's loser out game, but the Islanders got the win when it counted. Tomorrow MI plays Franklin at 3pm at Bellevue College, and the Wolverines are out.

The Islanders had a strong start, sparked by the energy of Sam Cohn who hit an early 10-footer, which he followed minutes later with a 3-point shot. Cohn made four "3s" on the night, making him the top scorer with 23. Another boost came from Kaleb Warner, who dunked the ball to send a message in the opening quarter.

While the Islanders maintained the lead throughout, they were up by only four points at the half. Assistant Coach Marshall Jamieson said the team felt confident at that point, but that confidence rose to the next level after Parker Scott's scoring spree in the third quarter. Scott sank two 3-pointers in a row to start the run, and the Islanders never looked back. MI had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Scott came away with eight points; Joe Rasmussen had 10.

Jamieson noted that the coaches know Scott's "got it in him," and he wasn't surprised by Scott's great performance tonight.

Cohn is always aggressive, and although he's quiet he's a leader and the team feeds off his energy, Jamieson said.

"He's a Senior, and wants it bad," he said.

The next game for the Islanders is against Metro's Franklin, at 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 18, at Bellevue College. It's another loser-out game, and the winner gets a spot at the State Tournament. 


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