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Originally published Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Terrace, Mavs, Mariner share title

Just when Mountlake Terrace was ready to load the WesCo South boys basketball championship trophy onto the team bus, Meadowdale stormed...

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LYNNWOOD — Just when Mountlake Terrace was ready to load the WesCo South boys basketball championship trophy onto the team bus, Meadowdale stormed back to grab a piece of the hardware.

Meadowdale overcame a 10-deficit in the third quarter to beat Mountlake Terrace 50-47 and give both teams a 15-3 final conference record. Mariner edged Glacier Peak 52-51, meaning it tied with Mountlake Terrace and Meadowdale at 15-3 for a three-way share of the WesCo South title.

"It's huge," Meadowdale coach Chad McGuire said. "Our guys worked hard all season, and to get a piece of it is an accomplishment that our guys are glad and happy to get."

Roger O'Neill led the way with 19 points for Meadowdale (16-4) despite having his left elbow heavily taped, but it was other Meadowdale players who stepped up when the Mavericks needed it most.

Khalid Surur drained a long three-pointer to give Meadowdale, ranked 10th in Class 3A, its first lead of the game with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter and more than doubled his season average with 12 points. Kris Larson added 11 points for the Mavericks.

O'Neill said he never got down even after Mountlake Terrace (16-4) raced out to a 14-2 lead and was still up 31-19 just before halftime. Two free throws by Kris Larson and a basket by O'Neill cut the lead to 30-23 at the half.

O'Neill's three-pointer a minute into the fourth quarter finally pulled Meadowdale even at 38. Mountlake Terrace responded with a three-pointer by Jacob Champoux, but Meadowdale immediately responded with a basket and free throw by Larson to keep the momentum going.

Surur's three-pointer gave Meadowdale its first lead of the game, and the Mavericks never trailed after that. Mountlake Terrace shot two long three-pointers trying to tie the score in the final 23 seconds, but neither threatened to go in.

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