The roar coming from inside the locker room could be heard clear out on the court. On Friday the Montesano High School boys basketball team clinched at least one game of post-season play and they took time to celebrate.
The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-4) defeated Tenino 55-43. It was the second time Montesano has beat Tenino this season and with the win Montesano ensured themselves at least the six seed in the Evergreen 1A League tournament.
“It was great to get somebody twice,” coach Doug Galloway said. “I’m really proud of the boys. The kids are feeling good about it because they feel like we are doing some things right.”
Montesano beat South Bend for the second time this season 43-32 on Jan. 22 and the Bulldogs were in for another close battle against the Beavers.
Montesano fell behind 11-15 after the first quarter. Galloway switched to a man-to-man defense from the Bulldogs zone attack and Montesano pulled to within one point at halftime.
In the second half, the Bulldogs came out cold and went more than four minutes without a field goal in the third quarter before senior Evan Bialkowsky scored six straight points.
“It is all my teammates,” Bialkowsky said. “I set some screens and I ended up the person who was open. It was up to my teammates to get me the ball.”
Despite the dry spell from the floor in the third quarter Montesano led by five at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back.
“We just play as a team and keep fighting and work hard,” Bialkowsky said. “We know we are never down until the final buzzer goes so we just work as hard as we can.”
Montesano was led by 19 points from senior Kenny Roy. Bialkowsky scored 13 points and senior Kody Usher added 11 points.
Although the win secured a spot in the tournament for the Bulldogs, Galloway said he is not happy to be satisfied with the sixth seed.
“I look at what we are doing now and where we were at the beginning of the year and we have made some improvements and we still have a long ways to go, but we are getting better and that is all I ask of the kids,” Galloway said.