EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets hold off Lakes charge

The Enumclaw High boys basketball team does not have a single player appearing in the Top 10 of the South Puget Sound League 3A scoring statistics.

But after important league triumphs Jan. 5 at Auburn Mountainview and against visiting Lakes High Friday, the Hornets continued to gain statewide attention with a 6-0 record in league play and 9-0 overall.

Enumclaw easily tamed Auburn Mountainview 70-45 with what coach Phil Engebretsen called, “continued team selflessness.” Every member of the squad put in extra effort on the offensive glass and all looked to make the extra pass, he said, citing 16 offensive rebounds and 19 assists.

The Hornets are making teamwork a valuable weapon in their ample arsenal, as by halftime they had nearly doubled up on the Lions, holding a 31-16 edge. Enumclaw had four of its starters recording 14 points apiece in the lopsided road encounter.

Little changed when Enumclaw defeated Lakes 54-47. Playing before a huge throng of EHS faithful, the Hornets owned a healthy 32-18 lead at the break and then had no difficulty keeping Lakes at bay in the second half.

The Lancers attempted a desperate late surge, playing some risky defense in a clash that was heralded as Enumclaw’s biggest test thus far, but then Lakes had no other recourse but to start fouling EHS players intentionally to stop the clock. Enumclaw ultimately reaped the rewards at the foul line, coming away with the seven-point win.

The SPSL 3A’s leading scorer, Lakes’ Andre Winston Jr., who is averaging 18 points per contest, had Enumclaw’s full attention defensively, but still managed a game-high 19 points. Enumclaw seniors Jayson Lewis and Riley Carel weren’t far behind him though, as they accounted for 17 and 15 points, respectively.

The Hornets traveled to Franklin Pierce Tuesday, with results coming too late to include here. Enumclaw hosts Plateau rival White River at 5:15 p.m. Friday, the first game of a twin bill with the girls teams.