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December 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

New faces, same result for Bear Creek boys hoops

Last season, Bear Creek went into the 2B state tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. The Grizzlies had three seniors who were part of fifth-place finish in 2008.

After a second fifth-place finish in 2010 and the graduation of Jamie Meyer, Michael Davisson and Kyle Blankenbeckler, it seemed like Bear Creek might struggle a little this season, especially considering the Grizzlies suited up five freshmen for their game against 3A Oak Harbor on Tuesday.

However, after a 64-51 win over the Wildcats in the 40th-annual BC Holiday Tournament at Bellevue College it looks like Bear Creek is going to be a force again this season.

“The team is quite a bit different, but the kids have bought in,” coach Scott Moe said. “They worked hard in the offseason and we’re starting to come together now. We went through a spell where we had, I think, 25 practices and three games — we were just practicing every day. Now the last two weeks we’re playing six games with one practice.”

While the Grizzlies (6-1) are young, they do have the benefit of two very good senior leaders in Lucas Peterson (13.3 points per game) and Ryan Strandin (13.9 points per game).

“Those seniors are pretty good,” Moe said. “Peterson is our floor leader. Strandin today again was a monster. He’s just big and strong and can finish.”

Peterson threw in the shot of the day on Tuesday, sinking a three-quarter court three to beat the halftime buzzer. While most people were shocked it went in, Moe joked he wasn’t surprised at all.

“He hit one in our last game at the end of the first quarter, same exact shot,” Moe said. “I was impressed the first time, not so much the second time.”

So far this year the school’s leading scorer is Luke Blankenbeckler, a freshman who averages 14.4 points per game.

The Grizzlies will get a tough test Wednesday night against Sammamish, ranked No. 9 in 3A. But over the past two seasons, Bear Creek has proven it isn’t afraid of a challenge.

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