The Cougs took a 36-33 lead into halftime, after super soph Zach Lavine knocked down a crazy 35-footer at the buzzer in a high-flying first half.
But the Vikings responded with 22 third quarter points to put Bothell back on its heels, and cooled off the slinging sophomore who had 20 at the break.
Lavine, baby-faced and razor thin at 6-foot even — if that — has electric offensive skills and averages 25 points a game — and never met a shot he didn’t like. But most telling on Friday: The point guard/ shooting guard played all 32 minutes and did not record an assist, shooting 3-of-13 from long range, 13-of-29 overall.
"He hit some tough shots in the first half and we went to a triangle-and-two — three kids in a zone and played man with Eric (Bryant) on top and let him roam to the ball," Viking coach Greg Lowell said. "And then we pressed. I wanted their other kids to handle the ball and have to do some things." It seemed to work, as Bothell shot a woeful 0-for-17 from three point range in the second half, 5-of-33 for the game Afterwards, Bothell coach Ron Bollinger was not happy.
"Beginning the third quarter we let them get control of the game and they go on a 14-2 run," he said. "We had a four-minute lapse at the start of the third and then we don’t have control of the game. Then they can play their junk defense and do some things because they’re in control."
Inglemoor spread it around as Eric Bryant went for 20, and Tyler Bobin and Jerry Molina had 17 apiece.
Bobin, the 6-foot-6 wide body also snatched 16 rebounds, as Bothell often forgot to box him out down low. "He’s been playing that way all year and has got to be the most improved player I’ve had in 26 years of coaching," Lowell said.
Molina knocked down four of eight three-pointers, two of them for four- point plays in the critical third quarter as the Vikings zoomed to a 10-point lead. "How often do you see that?" Lowell asked.
Meanwhile, the Cougars kept misfiring: Prince Lacey shot 2-of-11 from long range and Dylan Hanley was 0-for-8.
"We had some looks," Bollinger said, "but we couldn’t bang ’em down.
You can’t go five for 33 and expect to beat a good team. But in that four minute stretch we went from driver to passenger."
Inglemoor improved to 4-3 in KingCo play, 9-3 overall. Bothell fell to 0-6, 3-7.
"The chemistry right now is not there," Bollinger said. "With our situation usually the middle of January is when we start hitting our stride ... but I hope it comes a little quicker than that."