The Inglemoor Vikings shot their way to a 63-57 victory over the Redmond Mustangs in the third-place game of the KingCo 4A boys basketball tournament on Feb. 8 at Sammamish High School.
The win gives the Vikings the KingCo No. 3 seed at the Wes-King District Tournament. The victory was also the 400th victory for head coach Greg Lowell. In his 32nd year as the head basketball coach at Inglemoor, Lowell said he’s gotten to coach lots of great players.
“More importantly, it was these guys’ 14th win,” Lowell said. “The kids really battled today, that’s the most important thing.”
Inglemoor guard Zach Shimek led the Vikings with 19 points. Forward Peter Hansen had a double-double, with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The two KingCo Crown rivals traded buckets early, with the Mustangs holding an 18-13 lead after the first quarter. Redmond extended their lead in the second quarter to 30-21, but Inglemoor scored the final five points of the frame to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 30-26 at halftime.
Inglemoor senior forward Peter Hansen scored seven points in the third quarter to help the Vikings level the game at 39-39 going into the fourth quarter.
After a 3-pointer from Redmond forward Cameron Clum put the Mustangs ahead 42-39 early in the fourth, Inglemoor’s Shimek hit three straight 3-pointers to give the Vikings a 48-42 advantage. Inglemoor wouldn’t relinquish its lead to secure the 63-57 win.
The Vikings made eight 3-pointers in the game to rally past the Mustangs. Lowell said their 3-point shooting is a big part of their game.
“That’s what our game is a lot of times,” Lowell said. “We got some key ones. We have a lot of guys who can shoot and that really helps us.”
The Vikings lost their opening game in the league tournament with a 70-48 defeat to Mount Si on Feb. 7.
After battling against their KingCo rivals during the regular season, Lowell said they are eager to face some new opponents at the district tournament.
“We get to play some different people, that’s what we’re excited about,” Lowell said. “We’ve beat each other up in KingCo, so we get to go play someone else.”