Mercer Island ran into an inspired Bellevue Wolverines squad on Friday night and the Islanders failed to convert on a game winning shot at the end of the game, and as a result they dropped a close battle 51 -50.
The Wolverines (9-3, 11-7) played tenacious defense, forcing the Islander into difficult shots and causing frequent turnovers. The Islanders (10-1, 15-2) were down 6 with just over a minute remaining but they cut the lead to 1 and called timeout with 24 seconds remaining. After two intentional non-shooting fouls, MI inbounded the ball with 12 seconds to play but were not able to get a good shot attempt, though Jake Shaddle had a chance to win it with a deep three that caught the side of the rim as the horn to end the game sounded.
Kaleb Warner ended with 15, Nick Nordale with 14 and Joe Rasmussen with 11, for the Islanders. Michael Carlson scored 12 and Timmy Haehl added 11 for the Wolverines. The Mercer Island boys need one win in their next two games to clinch the KingCo title outright, having already clinched a a tie for the championship.
The Islanders look to clinch the title outright this Tuesday at home on Senior Night versus Liberty at 7:30 p.m.