The Enumclaw High boys basketball team didn’t do itself any favors by dropping its final two regular season contests to Bonney Lake earning the No. 5 seed from the South Puget Sound League 3A with a league record of 3-7.
The Hornets shook off that omen and was successful in the only chance it was given to move on in the subdistrict seeding matches.
In a loser-out meeting in Bremerton Thursday, EHS rose to the challenge, winning 76-64.
“Our goal was to attack the rim offensively, using their aggressiveness against them and to get stops defensively. I feel like we were successful on both counts,” Hornet coach Kellen Hall said.
Tony Chynoweth, who finished the regular season as one of the top three scorers in the SPSL 3A by averaging more than 17 points per contest, guided EHS to a 44-39 halftime advantage. But it was the blue-collar play of 6-foot, 7-inch Drake Radenmacher that spelled Bremerton’s demise.
Radenmacher accounted for 19 points and hauled down 15 rebounds.
Although Enumclaw dodged one bullet by beating the Knights, it could not sidestep Lakes Saturday.
Lakes finished second in the SPSL 3A with an 8-2 league mark and shattered Enumclaw’s dreams of advancing to district play. The Lancers dashed the Hornets’ postseason hopes with an 78-65 home-court victory, behind the dominant inside play of 6-9 center Zach Banner.