Hawks earn 6th place in 3A men’s basketball

The Hawks’ incredible run culminated in four wild games at the Tacoma Dome; finish the season 20-4

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The Hawks men’s basketball team at the 3A state tourney.

By Hawkeye Staff

Ask any 3A or 4A basketball team in the state and the consensus goal will be to play four games in Tacoma come March. Do that and you’re guaranteed a trophy in the incredibly competitive state of Washington hoops scene.

Well, the 2021-2022 men’s basketball team did that – and did so in dramatic fashion by first running the table in the district post-season tournament, then battling a tough Kelso team to an overtime victory in the regional loser-out round before going 2-2 at the T-Dome.

For their incredible efforts, the Hawks earned 6th place in the state after falling to the #1 ranked Garfield Bulldogs Saturday morning, March 5 in the 4th/6th place game.

Here’s how Terrace, under Hall of Fame coach Nalin Sood (who celebrated his birthday during the tournament) earned their first 6th place trophy in school history:

  • The Hawks started the season 1-1 losing their first home game to eventual district #1 seed Arlington.
  • Battling COVID challenges within the team and with opponents, the Hawks seemed unfazed and finished the regular season 14-2 (10-2) with the only losses coming to Arlington and a one-point loss at Stanwood
  • Entering the district tourney as the #4 seed, the Hawks ran the table with victories over Mount Vernon (61-55), Everett (71-55), Arlington (51-46) and Ferndale (58-53) in the championship game at Everett Community College.
  • For reasons not fully understood, Terrace – then the District 1 champs and holding the 4th best RPI in the state as well as an 18-2 record – were seeded #9 in the state tournament and had to play a loser-out first round game vs. Kelso at Jackson H.S.
  • Despite trailing much of the second half, Terrace roared back to tie Kelso at the buzzer in regulation, then took control in overtime 67-65 to move on to the Tacoma Dome.
  • Facing a tough Timberline Blazer team in the first game at the Dome, the Hawks prevailed 65-62 on March 3, and earned the right to be in the quarterfinals.
  • On Thursday, March 4, the Hawks faced the deep and tall Mt. Spokane Wildcats and fell to the squad from eastern Washington 70-45.
  • On Friday, facing elimination from the tourney, the Hawks faced a solid Gig Harbor squad and, once again, rallied from behind to take the “W” 73-71 over the Tide.
  • Finally, the win over Gig Harbor meant the Hawks would face the Garfield Bulldogs, who entered the tournament undefeated and ranked #1 in the state. Despite hanging tough in the first half, the Bulldogs hot shooting was simply too much for Terrace and the Hawks fell 80-64 earning 6th place in the state, while Garfield finished 4th.
  • Key stats for the season included:
    • Defense: Held opponents to just 53.5 points per game
    • Offense: Averaged 60.08 ppg
    • Offense: Top scorers – senior Jeffrey Anyimah 14.96 ppg; sophomore Zaveon Jones 14.33 ppg
    • Rebounds: Averaged 30.13 per game; out-rebounded opponents 723-568
    • Assists: Averaged 10.58 per game; Anyimah 2.17 apg, Jones 2 apg, Adison Mattix 1.78 apg
  • Notable: The Hawks have made it to the post-season dozens of times in school history, but now have finished 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd and 1st in the state tourney.
  • Also of note: Head coach Nalin Sood has been at the helm for three of those five trophies – and is just the third varsity head coach in program history dating back to the fall of 1960.