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Tomahawks defeat Sehome 69-55

 

Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Raequan Battle forces himself into the paint to draw the foul against two defenders at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 28.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team took on the Sehome Mariners for the opening game of the 2016-17 season on Monday, Nov. 28.

Coming in with a young team, with only one senior, the Tomahawks looked to come out hard and put all doubters to rest. In the first quarter, Marysville-Pilchuck seemed to be trying to find their chemistry out on the floor as they fell behind by a score of 19-15.

A different Tomahawks team stepped onto the court in the second quarter. They started to click both offensively and defensively, outscoring Sehome by a score of 20-10, to finish the first half on top 35-29. They never looked back as they kept on rolling on their way to a 69–55 victory.

"You start out every year and you don't really know what to expect and what is going to happen. In practice we look really good against our JV team, but you don't know if that translates. I love these kids, they battle and they're warriors. There are seven of them tonight that got any time, and with ineligibilities and injuries, they battled through. You got to keep fighting. They caught some momentum and they pulled it out," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

As a team, the Tomahawks shot 42 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line. However, three players blew up on offense on the way to the Marysville-Pilchuck win. The guard tandem of Josiah Gould and Luke Dobler made up for 33 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds and four steals. The freshman guard, Dobler, also hit for five threes in his first start at the high school level.

The third player, Raequan Battle, filled up the stat sheet. He scored for a team high in points, rebounds and blocks with 24, 11 and three, respectively. He also added on three assists and one steal to round out his impressive outing.

On the defensive end, Kobe Baumann stood out as a key contributor by leading the team with four steal throughout the contest. He also added on four points and two assists on offense.

If you want to catch the next home game for Marysville-Pilchuck, they will be facing the Stanwood Spartans at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.

 

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