The Mercer Island boys basketball team hosted Juanita on Friday, Dec. 14 and Mount Si on Saturday, Dec. 15 in back to back night games. The Islanders finished 2-0, beating Juanita by 55 points, and eddying out the Wildcats by nine.
The final score Friday night against Juanita was 80-25.
Mercer Island led 30-8 at the end of the first quarter, adding another 21 in the second. Twenty-nine points counted for the Islanders in the second half, while Juanita scored 12.
Individually, Joe Rasmussen had 20 points for the team, while Nick Nordale added 16 and Kaleb Warner posted 13. Teddy van der Velden had seven points, Espen Platou added six and Jack Counihan posted five. Will Taylor had four points for Mercer Island while Alex Emanuels, Jake Shaddle, Jake Stenberg and Peter Welch each had two.
The next night the team faced Mount Si, winning 60-51.
Mount Si led the game 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Islander took over the lead with 18 points in the second quarter. After halftime, the Wildcats surged to a 19 point third quarter, to hold a 41-38 lead going into the final minutes of the game. But the Islanders weren't ready to concede a conference loss, picking up 22 points to win the game.
Rasmussen led the team with 20 points from the floor, while Nordale added 15, Taylor and Warner each had 10 and Shaddle posted five points.
The team will travel to Interlake on Friday, Dec. 21 for a quad contest following the girls game. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Next week the team will travel to Mesa, Arizona for the VisitMesa Tournament, starting Dec. 26, playing in four games.