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Wednesday, January 14. 1098 Mercer Island Reporter B3 Boys . . — Continued from page Bl Matt Logic (9 points) and Ben Jordan (6 points and 5 blocks) also contributed, as did Nobmann (8 points) to the big win. Mercer Island, which is 66-21 all—time against Bellevue, finished the game 25‘of—50 from the field and hit 15— Of—20 from the free throw line. “We like our gym — we shoot re— ally well here; the rims are soft and friendly." Besecker said. "Tonight, we showed the sign of a good team." Junior Brandy West and senior Axel Gerdau led the way for the Wolverines with West hitting for 15 points and German transfer Gerdau totaling 13 points. ‘ KEYING THE VICTORY for the No. 1 ranked Islanders was the strong, swarming defensive play of big men Jordan (6—foot—6) and David Huhs (6— 7) on Gerdau. The pair of the seniors held Gerdau scoreless in the first quar— ter while Jordan blocked two of his shots in the second. “Ben Jordan and Dave Huhs don’t see the ball much on the offensive end, but, boy, do they play great defense,” said 6~foot-5 Gerdau. “They’re like a two~headed monster, Dave and Ben. Dave‘s really physical and Ben just blocks everything. The single person can’t do much against Mercer Island. You have to be a team to beat Mercer Island .and we just didn’t play as a team.” Bellevue finished the game 19-of— 60 (32 percent) from the field and were 8—of—15 from the free throw line. “The kids battled but we’re just not where they’re at and we understand that,” Eggers said. “But we never quit and that’s what’s important to me. . . If we had hit a couple jumpers we’re right in there. We had the guys that wanted to have the ball, but the ball just didn’t drop.” In Friday ‘s game against first-year school Skyline, Mercer Island led 24— 2 after the first quarter and held a 45— 9 lead at halftime to pound the Spartans 90-29 at the Issaquah school located on the Issaquah side of the Sammamish Plateau. Logie continued his recent strong play with 15 points, while Sebree (14), Kyle Griffith (13) and Nobmann (12) all reached career—highs in points. Besecker led the Islanders’ starters with 10 points. followed by Prasse— Freeman (8), Jordan (7) and Fisher (6). Over the past six games, Logie has scored 82 of his 121 points for the sea- son, averaging 13.7 points a game. “Mercer Island is definitely the best team I’ve seen around here in a while.” Junior Tyler Besecker (14) and senior David Huhs jos— tle with Bellevue’s Aaron Smith, right, for a loose ball in the third quarter. Besecker came down with the ball. He fine ished the game with a team— high seven re— bounds. Matt Brasliears/ Mercer Island Reporter said Skyline coach Chuck Lee, whose team dipped to 0-5 in Kingco and 1—9 overall with the loss. “They’re better than last year. Our kids kept after them the whole game.” For the season. the Islanders have outscored their opponents 897—5 19 an average margin of 31.5 points. Last year after 12 games, Mercer Island had outscored its opponents 769—561, an average difference of 17.3 points. Mercer Island High School (1 1—1) will be tak— players and fans think about the life and accom— ing part in the inaugural event to celebrate the life of plishments that the late 1960s civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King when they play Franklin secured for all Americans. High School (8-1), the No. 2 team in the state in 4 “I want them to realize barriers we overcome in polls. The 1:30 pm. game will I ,, ‘ V. ‘I this land,” said Perkins, who is averaging 6.3 points be broadcast live by KJR 950 ' ' per game this season for the NBA-leading Sonics (29- AM by Dave “The Groz" 7). “Martin Luther King did a lot of his (marches) cattle SuperSonics center Sam Perkins re- Grosby and Kenny Smith, cur- to get things where they are — not that things are members fondly his years of playing high rent TNT color analyst. peachy now, but they’re better now. He wasn’t just school ball for Shaker Heights in Latham. The other two games in the thinking blacks, but we all have privileges and rights. NY. in the late 1970s. He remembers the game triple—header, which won’t be He just broke down many barriers and that‘s why he when it was simpler than the complicated market- broadcast, will be Lincoln of has a holiday to remember him.” ing machine it has become for him during his 14—year Tacoma against Olympia at 3:30 The event proceeds will benefit the Seattle Public. . NBA career. pm. and Lake Washington ver- School District as well as the athletic departments It is that simple love of the game that prompted sus White River at 5:30 pm. of the participating high schools. Fans should pur- Perkins to join Sonics coach George Karl in h0st— “To me, high school basketball is fun,“ said the 6- chase the official tournament oshirts at the offices of ing the first annual King Holiday Hoopfest high foot—9, 255—pound Perkins after the moming practice the participating schools or Athletic Supply in school boys basketball triple—header on Monday, before their game against the Chicago Bulls on Redmond. The shirts cost $10 and will serve as a game Jan. 19 at Seattle Pacific University. Perkins’ 8 4 8 Tuesday. “I played to win and that’s what we did. ticket for the tournament. Production and Karl's Friends of Hoop, along with Although they do rank the teams, you don’t know who Perkins will be speaking at MIHS on Friday, the Slade Group, SportsRadio 950 KJR AM, KUBE will win and the kids play more for fun and pride.” Jan. 16. with King County Executive Ron Sims in 93 FM and Hoopaholics are sponsoring the event. Perkins also hopes that the toumament will help an assembly honoring King from 1:20—2:30 pm. Sonics’ Perkins promotes Monday’s MLK hoopfest By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter Matt Brashettrs/Mcrcer Island Reporter Senior Ben Jordan descends from a first—half dunk that dismantled the core of Bellevue’s team —— he drove past co—captain Axel Gerdau and dunked over the other crycaptain, Chris Whitaker (3). Is Your Bathroom Becoming An Eyesore? An Invitation To A Trouble Free Bathroom W’ supp/y ts install custom cultured nun/fly, onyx uml granite products jin' the bathroom. Sam Perkins r———————-———————————-————————1 POWER BOATS . 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