After a tough loss to Chapel Hill on Tuesday, the Islanders dominated the Providence Christian Academy Stars by the score of 60-44 in Game 2 of the Jared Cook Tournament in Suwanee, GA on Wednesday.
"It was a great team effort. It's always fun to get everybody in. We had great contributions from our bench guys and our starters," Head Coach Gavin Cree said.
"I thought we carved up their zone pretty well. They were primarily a zone team, so we got them out of it and they had to go to man, and we were tough on them in man because of the match ups out there. We had a lot of a size advantage. We had a better defensive game of containing the best players on their team," Coach Cree said.
Mercer Island jumped out to a big lead to start the game, thanks to the shooting of Sr. guard Sam Cohn. Cohn knocked down 2 three-pointers in the first quarter.
Sr. forward Brian Miller also chipped in 6 first quarter points to give the Islanders a 21-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Stars were unable to muster much offense in the first half, and when they did have chances to score, they missed some easy shots.
The Islanders continued their offensive attack and built a 39-24 lead by halftime. The second half was much the same as the first as the Islanders held the Stars to only 6 points in the third quarter.
Mercer Island continued increasing their lead and led 50-30 by the end of the third quarter. The large lead enabled Coach Cree to use his whole bench for much of the fourth quarter.
Though Providence Christian outscored the Islanders 14-10 in the fourth, the Islanders maintained control of the game, earning a 60-44 victory.
As he did yesterday, Joe Rasmussen led the Islanders in scoring, as he poured in 14 points. Sr. forward Brian Miller had 12. Sam Cohn and Kaleb Warner each had 10 points. Jr. forward Espen Platou had 4 points on the day. Sean Hughes knocked down one three pointer, and Karsten Sherman scored 2 points to round out the scoring for the Islanders.
As for Providence Christian, they were led in scoring by Sr. guard Kareem Adekunle with 19 a points and Jr. guard Charlie Scott with 14. The Islanders, now 6-2 on the season, will play in the fifth place game tomorrow morning at 10:45 am PST against the winner of Mays and Thompson.