O’Dea, the No. 1 Metro team, stood in the way of Mercer Island on Tuesday night at the SeaKing district tournament. A win and the Islanders would play in the district semi-finals and have a guaranteed spot in the regional round of the state tournament.
A loss and the team would play Bellevue – again.
The Irish proved to be too much for the Islanders, winning 65-43 and Ingraham High School.
Mercer Island will play Bellevue on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue College. The team must win to remain in the tournament, with a chance to earn the No. 5 seed into regionals.
Against O’Dea, the Islanders were down 16-12 at the end of the first, followed by a 17-11 second quarter to give the Irish a 33-23 lead at halftime.
The Islanders hit nine points in the third quarter, while O’Dea racked up 15 points, and added another 17 in the fourth quarter to win the game.
Kaleb Warner had the team high of 14 points, followed by eight from Sean Hughes, six from Jeff Lindquist and five from Parker Scott. Sam Cohn and Joe Rasmussen each had four points and Brian Miller added two.
If Mercer Island beats Bellevue on Friday, the team will play the winner of the Nathan Hale vs. Franklin game on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the No. 5 seed into regionals. The regional round of the state tournament will take place on Feb. 24. The No. 5 team would play at Rogers High School in Puyallup on Feb. 24 agains the No. 1 seed from District 3/4.