Posted On: 01/19/19 1:48 PM
A Friday night Metro League matchup between West Seattle and Roosevelt Roughriders didn’t disappoint, coming down to the final seconds. The night began as a celebration for six seniors playing their final home game for the West Seattle Wildcats. It ended up being a disappointing night for the home crowd as the Roughriders come up with the big conference win.
There were multiple lead changes in the first half as neither team willing to give up ground. Roosevelt entered halftime with just a 2 point lead.
The second half, Roosevelt took control and didn’t give up the lead the whole half. West Seattle continued to fight till the final buzzer but just couldn’t muster enough to pull out the win.
Kyle Luttenin was the star of the night, scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. The 6’6 senior also hit three heartbreaking 3’s in the 4th quarter to stop any momentum built by the Wildcats. The Roughriders junior point guard Maui Sze had a strong performance, coming out the gates hot. He scored 12 of his 16 in the first half, including three first half 3’s, he also dished out a game high 10 assist. These two combined for 37 of the teams 58 points.
Senior forward Nate Johnson also contributed 13 points, 8 rebounds and made some key defensive plays down the stretch as well.
West Seattle seniors lead the charge for the Wildcats. Nuh’kosi Roberson put up 17 points in the loss, including some big rebounds and put backs. Eastern Washington bound Abdul Mohamed and fellow senior Billy Sheikh both put up 11 points each.
In one of the most completive leagues on the west coast, the Metro League is coming down to the final games of the year which means teams are fighting for playoff position. Roosevelt is a better then their record shows and they are on a mission to position themselves the best they can for playoffs.
With last nights win, the Roughriders have now won 4 in a row. They will take on Seattle Prep on Tuesday at home before taking on O’Dea next Friday. If Roosevelt can upset O’Dea on the road, that could shake up the conference in a big way.
West Seattle took a tough loss last night but still have life left. The remaining games on the schedule are all winnable games and if they win out they could find themselves in a position to control their destiny.