The Mercer Island boys basketball team beat the Liberty Patriots 63-32 Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Liberty High School. Mercer Island improved to 10-2 in the KingCo conference, good for second place behind undefeated Bellevue.
From the start, it was all Islanders. The Mercer Island defense held Liberty to single digits in each of the first two quarters while extending a 10-point first-quarter lead to 20, heading into halftime up 31-11. Both teams upped the offense in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Patriots as Mercer Island kicked off another 30-point half with a 20-point third quarter to cruise to victory. Jake Stenberg led the Islanders in scoring with 17 points and Andrew Pickles had 14. Kaleb Warner contributed 8 points, David Emanuels 7 and Teddy van der Velden had 6 for Mercer Island.
Mercer Island will take on Lake Washington at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Mercer Island High School. The Kangs dealt the Islanders its first KingCo loss earlier this month, and at 9-2, are only a half-game behind Mercer Island in the KingCo standings.