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Eighth-graders win division of MLK AAU tournament | Sports briefs
The Mercer Island select eighth grade boys ETL basketball team was recently crowned the winner of the silver division at the Martin Luther King AAU basketball tournament in Seattle.
The team, coached by Patrick Frost, won three games of pool play with a perfect record, before moving into the single elimination round.
In the semifinals, the team played a strong team from Oregon. The Islanders won 46-22.
In the title game, the team played another group from Oregon, Clutch Players. Mercer Island had an early lead at halftime, and built on it in the second half, going to a 53-31 title win.
“Our effort and energy on defense, along with our execution on offense, were the keys to a successful weekend,” said coach Frost.
The Islanders limited all opponents during the tournament to fewer than 35 points a game.
The team includes: Matt Leprowse, Harrison Goonewardene, Emerson Schulz, Sam Nordale, Eric Kim and Peter Ernst, Michael Petrie, David Postma, Josh Stenberg, Johnny van der Velden, Griffin Kane and Anthony Scalzo.