Mount Si boys’ hoops has somewhat challenging night on offense but still gets win to open home – and Kingco – play

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team played in front of the home fans for the first time last night and things to an extent went well. They did post a win, but in the process recognized there’s still a lot of work to do to be at their very best.

Mount Si’s Brett Williams (#14 in white) goes up for a basket during last night’s Wildcat boys’ basketball game with Redmond. He finished with 13 points as Mount Si won the contest. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Jabe Mullins scored the first nine points for the Wildcats as they broke out to an early 9-1 lead, then cruised to a 56-31 win over the Redmond Mustangs in their Kingco 4A opener inside MSHS’ gymnasium in Snoqualmie. Mount Si was able to get this all done despite struggles from outside – they went just 3-17 from beyond three-point range – and an overall down night from the floor, in which they shot just 40%, good in most cases but considering the high expectations of this team this season, not at the level they’re capable of doing. A win is a win, but coach Jason Griffith was not entirely thrilled with how things went.

“We went into a little bit of a lull in the second quarter defensively. I thought our energy dropped, we weren’t boxing out, guys were leaking out, so we corrected that a little bit, which was fine in the third quarter, then we had a hard time scoring. (We’re) not shooting the ball great right now; hopefully that turns around and it will,” he said.

Mullins finished with 13 points and seven rebounds and was happy to play in front of the home fans. “We came out hot, lot of energy, first home game, it was a lot of fun, fans were great,” the junior star said. Brett Williams also had 13 pacing the Wildcats.

Tyler Patterson, however, led the way with 18 points and six rebounds, but he himself went 2-8 from outside three-point range, accounting for a significant part of the challenges from beyond the arc for the Wildcats in the contest. Another factor for Mount Si was freshman Bennett O’Connor, who was held to 1-9 from the floor and finished with two points and six rebounds. There are very high expectations for O’Connor this season as a newcomer, so look for him to be able to bounce back in short order. And that’s what this whole Wildcat team will need to do.

“The kids know what we’re capable of,” Griffith said. Mount Si is off the rest of this week after having played three games in five days starting with their back-to-back games this past weekend in Spokane, so they’ll have a chance to practice and work out the kinks in their offensive game in advance of their first divisional test of the season, next Tuesday night at Eastlake. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, 400 228th Ave. NE.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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