MIHS Boys Basketball Bounces Back Against Interlake


Kate Grove, Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 27, the MIHS Boys Basketball team recovered from their first loss of the season to defeat the Interlake Saints 69-56 and improve their season record to 4-1.

The Islanders started out strong, jumping to a 19-5 lead by the end of the first quarter led by seniors David Pickles and Tyler Butson.

“[We’re] playing really good ‘team basketball’ right now,” Butson said. “[The] team’s chemistry is really high, and I think that’s something we should all be really proud of.”

Tuesday’s victory came only four days after a disappointing 67-58 loss to division rival Bellevue, which allowed the team to regroup on the court. 

“This [game was] definitely a good confidence booster,” Butson said. “We shared the ball really well, we knocked some big shots [and] we got out ahead early.”

While the Islanders held on to their lead throughout the game, it slipped to a mere seven-point margin after halftime before recovering in the fourth quarter. 

“We definitely could’ve cleaned it up towards the end. We  probably should’ve won by a little bit more, [but] we knew we weren’t going to lose this game.”

The Islanders will now look ahead towards their final three games of the season, including a redemption game against Bellevue. While each game is important, the team is especially hungry for a win against their key opponent. 

“[The] Bellevue game should be a good one,” Butson said. “[We’re] gonna fight a lot harder than we did on our home court.”

The Mercer Island-Bellevue matchup will take place Tuesday, May 4.