Interlake senior forward Cade Didrickson is guarded by Mercer Island’s Lukas Varney. The Saints lost 61-36 to Mercer Island in the 3A KingCo tournament championship on Feb. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Interlake senior forward Cade Didrickson is guarded by Mercer Island’s Lukas Varney. The Saints lost 61-36 to Mercer Island in the 3A KingCo tournament championship on Feb. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Saints fall to Islanders in KingCo championship

Interlake boys lost 61-36 to Mercer Island in the 3A KingCo tournament championship on Feb. 11.

The Interlake boys basketball team saw its season come to an end after a 58-37 loss to West Seattle in a 3A Sea-King loser-out game on Feb. 15. The Saints finished the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 16-7.

KingCo tournament: The Interlake boys basketball team was no match for the Mercer Island Islanders, who cruised past the Saints, 61-36, in the 3A KingCo tournament championship on Feb. 11.

The Islanders defense smothered the Saints, who were held to their lowest point total of the season. The Saints were led offensively by 6-foot-10 forward Derek Kramer with nine points. Senior guard Ibra Ibrahim scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Islanders scored the game’s first 10 points and held a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. Despite trailing 26-14 at halftime, the Saints had a strong defensive showing in the second quarter, holding the Islanders to nine points.

In the second half, the Islanders pulled away to secure their second-straight KingCo championship. Interlake head coach Scott Marcum said the team will move on from the loss to Mercer Island.

“We ran into a really tough team tonight,” Marcum said. “They’re very well coached and were better than us tonight. But we will definitely shake this right off and be ready to go for the postseason.”

The Saints faced off against cross-town rival Bellevue in the second-place game of the league tournament at home on Feb. 13. The Wolverines were victorious, winning 50-40, to finish second in the KingCo championships.

Marcum said the team’s success this year has been a product of a lot of hard work over the past few years.

“It’s a big deal for all these guys, the fans who keep coming out and supporting us and the whole Interlake community,” Marcum said. “These guys have worked really hard for a really long time, especially this year. They deserve all of the accolades they’re getting.”

Interlake guard Ibra Ibrahim scored eight points for the Saints in their 61-36 loss to Mercer Island on Feb. 11 at Sammamish High School. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Interlake guard Ibra Ibrahim scored eight points for the Saints in their 61-36 loss to Mercer Island on Feb. 11 at Sammamish High School. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

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