The Inglemoor High boys basketball team pulled away in the second half for a conference victory over Newport, 58-51, on Tuesday in Kenmore.
Senior Jack Weyer led the Vikings (7-6 KingCo, 8-10) with 20 points in the win, which all but locked in Inglemoor’s first-round match up in the upcoming conference tournament. The Vikings would need to beat Bothell on Friday and get losses from Issaquah and Woodinville to move up to the third seed, but Inglemoor can fall no further than fifth.
Though the Vikings held a lead early in the game on Tuesday, Newport stormed back to take a 23-22 lead at halftime. Inglemoor responded on defense, holding Newport to just nine points in the third quarter for a five-point edge headed to the fourth quarter.
Weyer hit a corner 3 pointer to cap a fast break, giving Inglemoor a 40-32 lead early in the fourth period. More than four minutes later, with the lead still at eight and Inglemoor grabbing consecutive offensive rebounds, Newport was forced to foul.
The Vikings hit nine of 12 attempts from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Seniors Ryan Hamilton and Jalen Woodley each added nine points for Inglemoor.
Matt McCord scored 19 for Newport, which dropped from contention for the conference tournament with the loss.
Inglemoor is scheduled to close the regular season against Bothell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Bothell High School.
A win for Bothell would clinch the KingCo 4A title.