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Mercer Island’s season ends against Kennedy Catholic | Boys state basketball
After fighting their way through the District bracket, earning the No. 5 seed going into the state regional round, the Mercer Island boys basketball team fell to Kennedy Catholic on Friday night, ending the season.
The Lancers, which entered the tournament as the District 3 champions, won 73-67 over the Islanders. The Islanders also lost senior guard Sam Cohn for the game, after he broke his hand in the days leading up to the match.
Kennedy started the game off with a 25-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Islander fought back, holding Kennedy to 16 points, while scoring 14 of their own, to close to deficit to 10 going into halftime.
After the break, the Islanders surged, posting a 16-14 third quarter coming within eight points of the lead, and expanded on it in the fourth quarter, when the team hit 20 points.
With 3:52 left in the game, the Islanders were closing in, down by three in a 63-60 game, but then Brian Miller and Jeff Lindquist both fouled out, and with free throw points, the Lancers pulled away for the final time.
Senior Miller had 20 points during the game, while fellow senior Sean Hughes added 12. Parker Scott had nine points, Kaleb Warner and Lindquist had eight, Joe Rasmussen six and Chris Lawler added four.
The Islanders were 21-9 this season and finished 11-3 in league play.