Cougars sink Vikings, 62–50 in roundball action

Bothell’s Jaiden Bernstine (3) and Damien Midkiff (14) team up to deny the Vikings Jordan Schenkein a bucket. Bob Kirkpatrick

Bob Kirkpatrick

The first game back from Christmas break on Tuesday, Jan. 4, got off to a slow start offensively as both teams had trouble getting the ball to drop through the net.

But things heated up for Bothell at the midpoint of the first period with the home team up 13-5. Inglemoor then scorched the net with a 10-4 run to close out the first eight minutes of the contest, down 17-15.

The Cougars and Vikings traded treys to open the second period but could not hit the broadside of the barn the next four minutes. Bothell closed out the first half action with an 8-0 run to take a 31-18 score into the locker room at the break.

Inglemoor got back in it, outscoring Bothell 22-12 to close within three points, 43-40, heading into the final eight minutes of the game. The Cougars went up by double-digits, 52-42, with four minutes to play on Jaiden Bernstine and Tyson Koke buckets and two long-distance shots from Nikita Tyukalo.

Bothel outscored Inglemoor 10-8 down the stretch to chalk up the “W.”

Tyukalo led all scorers with 27 points. Teammates Luke Allison and Bernstine finished with 10 each.

Bhavik Bharath paced the Vikings with 14 points. Reuhen Bhalod and Jordan Schenkein added 13 each.

The win moves Bothell to 3-1 in KingCo Crown Conference play and 5-2 overall. Inglemoor drops to 0-3 in the conference and 0-6 overall.

The Cougars will try and extend their win streak to four games when they entertain the Issaquah Eagles Friday at 8:10 p.m.

The Vikings look to get off the schneid when they host Skyline at 8:10 p.m. on Friday.

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