Inglemoor boys beat Bothell in regionals, advance to state tournament

Vikings make first state tournament since 2009

Michael Hagen’s might have only scored two points on Saturday afternoon, but the two points are likely the biggest two points of the season for the Inglemoor High boys basketball team.

Hagen hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to seal a 49-47 upset of Bothell in the Class 4A Regional round on Saturday at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, putting Inglemoor into the state tournament for the first time since 2009.

Inglemoor (13-11) finished fourth in the Class 4A KingCo conference standings and beat Woodinville and Skyline in back-to-back loser-out games to make regionals to begin with. Bothell (17-6) won the conference title and the conference tournament title, but lost to Inglemoor for the third time this season.

Inglemoor held a slim lead after the first quarter, but Bothell led at halftime. The Vikings went on a big run in the fourth quarter, and held off a late rally from Bothell for the win.

Stephen Vaught led Inglemoor with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Jaxon Peay had 10 points and five assists.

Cameron Tyson scored 21 points for Bothell before comitting the foul on Hagen in the final seconds. Jake Medjo added 13 points.

The win sets up yet another loser-go-home game for the Vikings, who are set to play Enumclaw in the opening round of the Class 4A tournament at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome.

Enumclaw (15-11) finished second in the Class 4A North Puget Sound League’s Olympic Division behind Federal Way, and lost to No. 1 Union, 75-50, in the regional round on Feb. 25.

Inglemoor finished seventh at the state tournament in 2009. The best finish in school history came in 2005, when Inglemoor won the final three games to take fifth.

Saturday marked the final games for Bothell seniors Izaiah Clark, Jared Brown, Josh Kollman, Tyler Dean and JR Plourd.

Tickets to Wednesday’s opening round in Tacoma are available online — $14 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students.