Mount Si represents school and Valley well in opening game of holiday tourney in California despite loss, plus news from the diamond…..

UPDATED 8:30AM with comments from Mount Si coach Jason Griffith

Good Thursday morning. Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team gave it their all last night but fell just short of a big upset in the opening game at the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational in southern California.

Despite a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds from Jabe Mullins, Mount Si could not hold an early lead and fell 61-58 to Pinnacle, from north Phoenix. Their star player, Nico Mannion, had 23 of the Pinnacle side’s first half points, and we’ll work to get final numbers on him later for you, but suffice it to say, he as expected did most of the damage for his side last night – if you go to our Twitter page, we have a couple of highlight clips of him for you there along with a postgame interview he did with the tournament’s media staff. Our Twitter feed is @snovalleysports.

“We competed for 32 minutes and overcame quite a bit of adversity to give ourselves a chance to win,” said coach Jason Griffith by email to the SVSJ. “Jabe (Mullins) and Tyler (Patterson, who scored 16 points to pace Mount Si) set the tone for us tonight and made shots early, which helped relax us as a team. Pinnacle showed why they are a top 50 team in the country when we were ahead 25-16 and they responded with a 14-0 run.”

Mount Si meets Pebblebrook of suburban Atlanta this afternoon. Tip is at 3:30pm.

Scouting Pebblebrook: Like Pinnacle, Pebblebrook has a strong record coming into today’s game – 11-2 -and are one of the top teams in Georgia. They’re a relatively young team, though, with just three seniors. One of those is 6’9” Derrick Harden, so he’ll likely see a lot of work against Mount Si’s Mullins and Tyler Patterson defensively today. 6’7” sophomore guard Kaleb Washington could also be one to watch in the middle as well for Pebblebrook. That said, we’d look for the Wildcats once again to compete hard just like they did last night in the game with Pinnacle.

“Pebblebrook is ranked 38th in country for a good reason. They are loaded up front with long, athletic kids with high motors. We will need to control tempo and pick our spots in transition,” Griffith told us.

The NFHS Network has live coverage on the web and you can access that here. There is a fee to view the broadcast though.

Also this morning:

Mount Si alum Boyce shelled in Aussie mound start: Last night was a night ex-Wildcat Jimmy Boyce will want to forget. Boyce took the mound for his Auckland Tuatara as they played an Aussie Baseball League contest in Canberra, Australia against the host Canberra squad, and the pitcher allowed seven runs in just 1/3 of an inning of work before being relieved in the bottom of the first. Canberra used that seven-run outburst in the first to roll to a 21-4 win over the New Zealand team dropping Auckland to 7-17 on the season in the first game for the Tuatara following the holiday break. Fellow MSHS alum Max Brown went 1-3 with a triple for Auckland and is now hitting .253 on the season. The two teams continue their series tonight in Canberra.

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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