Lake Stevens boys launched their 2009-10 basketball season with a 57-43 home court win over Shorewood last Friday.
The Vikings, looking to defend their Wesco North league championship and to challenge for another trip to State, where they brought home a trophy last season, were never seriously threatened by Shorewood of Wesco South. Lake essentially put the game away with an impressive barrage of three-point shots in the first half, hitting on nine of 14 from that range, to cruise to a 37-16 lead at intermission.
After that, Lake lost its shooting touch and its momentum while struggling to a 20-point second half, though Shorewood was unable to mount much of a threat, edging briefly to within nine points before Lake put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Leading the first half “rain of threes” was Shane Kaska, who hit his first four from that distance. Equally hot from there was Jarret Hanson, who made both of his threes in the first half. The two went on to post a game high of 16 points apiece. Also adding to the first half Viking three parade were Zac Israel, with two of them, and Aaron Maw with one.
Contributing an outstanding all-around game was Jerodan Dodge, who made a steal and a 15-foot basket at the first quarter buzzer. Dodge finished with six points, three assists, two rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Lake won the “outside” battle but Shorewood was stronger in the key. The visitors made just one of 12 from three-point range, but outmuscled Lake inside for numerous lay-ins. Shorewood out-rebounded Lake by 45-36, but committed 19 turnovers to just 10 by Lake.
The Vikings were as cold in the third quarter as they had been hot before halftime, netting just four points and allowing Shorewood to mount its minor comeback. But Lake was able to expand its 41-30 lead after three quarters to the eventual 57-43 final margin.
Mike Schneider’s three-point play with 6:11 left put Lake ahead 44-32, and the Vikings were never in danger after that. Kaska, who went cold after his hot start, was Lake’s leading rebounder with 10. He also had four steals and two assists.
Shorewood’s big men, Micah Mitchell (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Semir Kadiric (11 points, 10 rebounds) bullied Lake in the paint, but got almost no help from beyond that range.
Overall shooting percentages were poor. Lake made 21 of 63 field goals for 33 percent (10 of 21 threes), Shorewood 15 of 47 for 32 percent. Both teams floundered at the free throw line, Lake making five of 13, Shorewood 12 of 24.
Missing from Lake’s lineup was shooting guard Arvid Isaksen, expected to be a major factor in Lake’s success again this season. Isaksen, hampered by a football foot injury, faces an uncertain prognosis and may not return to action anytime soon.