Mount Si boys win in SoCal, Cedarcrest girls fall in tournament title game, and a note from the diamond on the start of this New Year’s Eve weekend.

Good Saturday morning. News from the hardwood and we start down in southern California where Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team had a little more challenging game than was expected last night against Moreau Catholic. The Wildcats trailed for much of the game, but found a way to come back and post a 51-47 win over the northern California team that puts Mount Si into the third-place game tonight at the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational.

The win, according to coach Jason Griffith, was about the team showing its maturity as this season has progressed. “We don’t win that type of game a month ago against that level of an opponent,” he wrote on his Twitter page following the game.

Jabe Mullins went 7-8 from the free throw line and finished with 18 points to lead the Wildcats, who meet Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in that third place game tonight. Roosevelt is part of the Metro League, but not as heralded as the Rainier Beach’s, O’Dea’s or Garfield’s of this world in that league. They are, however, 7-4 and are led by senior Kyle Luttinen, a 6’6” athlete. Mount Si will need to battle tired legs from playing three straight days of games against challenging foes in order to pull this out.

7:30pm is the tipoff time and we’ll check on NFHS Network coverage for you of the game.

Cedarcrest girls fall in title game at Chelan tourney: The Red Wolve ladies struggled offensively, but still had a chance to beat host Chelan last night in the title game at the Chelan Invitational over in north central Washington, but they fell just short, dropping a 38-37 decision to the Goats. “We had a rough night offensively in both execution and shooting. Chelan shot well and we didn’t but we had a chance to win it at the end but that shot like our others missed the mark,” said coach Brad Knowles by email. Ava Erhardt led the Cedarcrest efforts with nine points as the squad went 1-1 and finished second in the four-team event. They’ll be back to work this next week in Wesco play. As for the Red Wolves boys, they too, were in the tournament title game last night but we have no report yet from that game.

Also:

Baseball: Auckland two-hit in shutout loss
In Canberra, Australia, today, the Auckland Tuatara bats went cold after their come-from-behind win Friday and fell to the host Canberra team 9-0 in Aussie Baseball League action. North Bend’s Max Brown went 0-4 as the New Zealand-based Tuatara were held to two hits in the contest. The series wraps up tomorrow in Australia.

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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