Mercer Island opened the season with a dominating win, 77-46 over Inglemoor.
Junior guard Kaleb Werner scored a career best 30 points in the game, mostly in the third quarter. That was after the Islander defense had basically shut down Inglemoor in the second quarter, forcing 8 turnovers and grabbing 14 boards to Vikings’ 7 and outscoring them 18-5. The Islanders also racked up 20 assists on the night and outrebounded Inglemoor 30-18
“We played team basketball tonight," said Mercer Island head coach Gavin Cree. "I was impressed with our level of focus throughout the game. Everyone on this team is willing to make the extra pass to their teammates. It's going to be a fun group to watch"
Werner scored 16 straight points in the third quarter and at one point connected on 11 shots in a row and was 4-5 from the three point line and 9-11 from two.
The Islanders also enjoyed 51 percent shooting from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point line (11-22), 36-22 rebounding advantage and forced 22 turnovers.
"It's impossible to lose with those stats," said Cree
The season's first KingCo 3A league game at Sammamish on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm, then the Islanders pay a visit Saturday night to 4A #4-ranked Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma. Tip-off at 7pm.